COSTA MESA — Los Angeles-based musician Ernie Halter has his fans but he just found out that one of the biggest pop icons in the world knows his name: Justin Bieber.
Bieber showed up Thursday night during a performance by Halter at La Cave in Costa Mesa to surprise the singer-songwriter. Bieber had covered Halter's song "Come Home to Me" at a Hong Kong performance during his recent world tour.
Halter, 36, had no idea that Bieber, 17, knew he existed until he saw a video of the performance online. From that moment on, he said, everything got crazier. The two started Tweeting shortly thereafter.
Intending to do a solo act at the bar and restaurant, Halter didn't expect a pop icon to follow him onto the stage, let alone sing alongside him.
"I always try to picture in my head, you know, what would be the best thing that could happen, what would be the best opportunity … I think if you know what you want, that you're that closer to getting it," Halter said. "The other day someone asked me, and I was thinking, 'Well, a song on 'Grey's Anatomy,' that would be big, or someone singing my song on 'American Idol' — that would be ridiculous.