Talent tryout

CASTALIA Adele and Harold Hoffman are proud of their blue-eyed boy. Bradley Hoffman, a 2002 gr
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

CASTALIA

Adele and Harold Hoffman are proud of their blue-eyed boy.  Bradley Hoffman, a 2002 graduate of Margaretta High School, has been chosen to audition for "America's Got Talent."

His auditioning song? Van Morrison's "Brown-eyed Girl."

"I like all different kinds of music," Hoffman said. "My influences are mostly from older music, Van Morrison, Peter Frampton and Elvis, you've got to love Elvis."

Hoffman, a songwriter and singer, was one of 200 applicants chosen to audition March 17 in Chicago.

"We are excited he will get the opportunity to showcase his talent," his mother, Adele, said.

"We truly believe in his musical gifts and hope he can find the resources he needs to break through and succeed in a very tough industry," she said.

America's Got Talent, in its third season, airs on NBC and showcases a variety of hopeful singers, dancers, comedians and other performers who strut their stuff to win America's vote.

Nationally known because of co-producer and American Idol judge Simon Cowell, the show is hosted by Jerry Springer and talent is judged by actor and singer David Hasselhoff, British television personality Piers Morgan and rocker Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon.

The first four shows of the season will include scenes from the auditions in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. The judges will narrow down the contestants and some will move on to Las Vegas where judging will be placed in viewers' hands. The winner will bring home $1 million.

Attending classes at BGSU Firelands, Hoffman has released two albums, an extended play CD, performed at local clubs and shows as well as taking on the DJ role at weddings.

Growing up in Castalia, Hoffman started playing the guitar in the second grade and formed his first band in high school. Proficient on the bass, keyboard and drums, he has entertained mostly local and regional crowds, and opened for Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits when they came to Sandusky.

"My mom plays piano and sings," he said. " But I probably got it from my grandpa, he was in jazz bands in the '60s or '70s. He played upright bass and the tuba. My parents have always been behind me 100 percent."

After obtaining an Associate of Applied Science degree in music technology from Terra Community College, Hoffman moved to Hollywood, Calif., to attend the Musicians Institute where he received his songwriting certificate upon completion of the recording artist program.

While in Hollywood, Hoffman recorded his first studio music album and had an internship with Sony Connect in Los Angeles as part of his school program. He moved back to Ohio after the program and recorded another music album titled "Come My Way" in his home studio shortly thereafter.

He has also released an extended play album, "Give Me Faith."

While recording his albums, he had the opportunity to work with Nashville Producer, Jim Pierce of Round Robin Productions in Nashville, Tenn., on five tracks and two of his songs have been played on independent stations all over the world.

"He truly amazes us," his mother said.

Hoffman said he's never been to Chicago, but welcomes the opportunity to musically expand his horizons.

"It's going to be an experience," he said. "You never know unless you try."

Check out Bradley's work and availability at: bradleyhoffman.com or brad-man.com