NBC’s Songland has given some of the most talented songwriters a chance to work with musics biggest producers and for pop-rock singer/songwriter Tim Halperin, it was no different. Halperin appeared on season 2 of Songland and we got to chat about his most recent single, parenthood and what he’s looking forward to most once quarantine is over.
Beyond The Stage: How have you been doing while staying home during these times?
Tim Halperin: Thankfully, I planned on slowing down for a few months with our daughter’s birth in May. Clearly, I didn’t realize just how long I’d have to slow down, but having a new baby at home has been the greatest. It certainly has helped keep me in great spirits during quarantine and given me reason for hope and joy.
BTS: How have you been staying busy?
TH: Aside from spending time with my daughter Elliott, I have been writing and doing some Zoom sessions. A few of my closest friends here in Nashville are also my favorite collaborators, so we’ve chosen to work together on a limited basis as well. I have also tried to use this time to get back in shape through jogging.
BTS: How was the experience being on Songland and getting to get so much recognition from well known artists but also be able to get feedback on your own song?
TH: Songland was one of the greatest experiences of my career. I felt respected and cared for as a person and as a songwriter. I had never pitched a song to another artist before, so that part of it was new to me. The members of Lady A were encouraging and gracious.
They enjoyed my songwriting and performance approach, and I walked away feeling like there’s a good chance I could work with them again in the future. Shane, Ester and Ryan made me feel at home and genuinely welcomed during the songwriting process. I learned so much from them. And working with Ryan Tedder was a bucket list experience. He’s one of my heroes, and getting to write with him and be in-studio together will impact the rest of my career.
BTS: What was the inspiration for your new single “Heaven Down”?
TH: I wrote “Heaven Down” with my friend Dustin in March. It was two months before my wife and I welcomed our daughter into the world. I wanted to capture the feeling of standing on the front end of the journey of parenthood, knowing just how much I’ve wanted to be a father and how deeply I would love our child.
BTS: The music video is so cute, how was it getting so many submissions for the video?
TH: The amount of pictures and videos submitted for the video was wild! Immediately after asking for parents to submit content of their babies born during the pandemic, the submission link was flooded. We received over 200 submissions, and it was honestly emotional looking through the pictures. Seeing these children enter into the world during such uncertainty in the background put hope in the foreground in such a striking way. I think that comes through well in the video.
BTS: Do you plan on releasing any more music during this time?
TH: I’d like to! I’m always writing and creating, and whenever a song idea breaks through for me, I can’t sit on it. So hopefully I’ll be releasing more songs soon!
BTS: What’s the main thing you want to go out and do once this pandemic is fully safe and controlled?
TH: This is cliche, but I am gonna eat some good freaking meals at my favorite restaurants when this is over. I have missed the experience of eating out SO MUCH during quarantine. My wife and I love trying out local favorites when we travel. I think it’s a great way to truly experience different places and cultures.