Tim Hockenberry's hometown is Mill Valley, California. He was born on June 13, 1962. 1 His family moved a few times during his childhood. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1980. Tim's musical odyssey began when he sang in the choir, taught himself to play the piano and fervently played the trombone. He eventually moved to Northern California. 2
Tim Hockenberry's voice might at first remind one of Ray Charles, Joe Cocker or Tom Waits, but you only need to hear a few minutes of Hockenberry singing "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" to understand that this is an artist who has the power to make one hear a classic in a new way.
Having shared stages with stars such as Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray and Steve Miller, Hockenberry has established himself as one of the most compelling artists in the Bay Area scene. In addition to touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Tim has performed at high-profile venues all over northern California, such as The Fillmore, the Great American Music Hall, Bimbo's 365 Club, The Napa Valley Opera House, the Rrazz Room, the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts and the 142 Throckmorton Theater. He has also headlined at a multitude of festivals including the Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series, the Clearwater Jazz Festival and the Mill Valley Arts Festival. 3
Tim Hockenberry's audition in Episode 702 consisted of singing "You Are So Beautiful" in a gravelly voice. Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending him to the Vegas Round.
Tim Hockenberry was one of the Judges' Favorites in the Vegas Round. He was sorted into the "Male Singers" category. His performance in Episode 712 consisted of singing "Maybe I'm Amazed" while playing the piano. His audition was strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals along with Jake Wesley Rogers and Ulysses.
Tim Hockenberry's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 716 consisted of singing his rendition of Katy Perry's "Part of Me" while playing the piano. He received enough votes to be sent to the Semifinals in Episode 717 along with Turf.
Tim Hockenberry's Semifinals performance in Episode 728 consisted of singing John Lennon's "Imagine" while playing the piano. Tim did not receive enough votes to place in the Top 4 that night, eliminating him from the competition in Episode 729 along with The Magic of Puck, instead of The Untouchables.