Haley Reinhart

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Haley Reinhart
Haley Reinhart 2.jpg
Reinhart in July 2011
Background information
Born (1990-09-09) September 9, 1990 (age 24)
Wheeling, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Website www.haleyreinhart.com

Haley Reinhart (born September 9, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actress[2] from Wheeling, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, who placed third in the tenth season of American Idol. In July 2011, Reinhart was signed to Interscope Records and 19.[1] Her debut album Listen Up! was released on May 22, 2012 to critical acclaim.[3][4] Reinhart was dropped by Interscope Records in November 2012[5] She later failed to renew her 19 contract for undisclosed reasons in 2014.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Haley Reinhart was born in Wheeling, Illinois, on September 9, 1990, to Patti Miller-Reinhart and Harry Reinhart.[6] Both her parents are musicians.[7] She began singing when she was 8 years old, and she performed with her parents’ band, Midnight, which covers rock songs from the 1960s and 1970s.[8] She attended Mark Twain Elementary School, O.W. Holmes Middle School, and Wheeling High School.[9] After graduating from high school in 2009, Reinhart attended Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, in 2009–2010, studying jazz.[7] She performed at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with her high school's jazz band[10] and at Harper College with the college's Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Lab.[11]

2009–11: American Idol[edit]


Reinhart first auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, in Chicago, but did not advance to the Hollywood round, however, she returned the following year for the tenth season of Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and advanced.

In the group round of the competition her group mates included fellow finalist Paul McDonald. Later in the second solo round, she performed "God Bless the Child", impressing the judges. In Vegas Round, she grouped up with fellow finalists Naima Adedapo, and Jacob Lusk, performing The Beatles's "The Long and Winding Road".

She is the only season 10 contestant who has over one million views on five of her YouTube performance videos: her renditions of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep",[12] Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets"[13] Ben E. King's "I (Who Have Nothing)",[14] and her version of "House of the Rising Sun".[15] Every video reached the one million views in less than a month. Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" reached over 2.4 million views before it was taken down, and as of now Reinhart's re-uploaded version of "Rolling in the Deep" has reached 6 million views so far. Her version of "House of the Rising Sun" reached 1.5 million views as of November 20, 2011, was taken down, and again reached over 1 million views. Her version of "I Who Have Nothing" reached 2 million views as of January 30, 2012, and her rendition of "Bennie and the Jets" reached 2 million views on April 2, 2012. All of these videos have been taken down and then put back up excluding "Rolling in the Deep". Her version of "God Bless the Child" hit 1,000,000 views in March 2014.

She was also the only contestant in season 10 who received three standing ovations from the judges in consecutive weeks: "The House of the Rising Sun",[16] Ben E. King's "I (Who Have Nothing)"[14] and Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be".[17] Her performance of "Moanin'", with fellow contestant Casey Abrams during the Top 8 results show, also received a standing ovation from the judges[18] and was considered one of the best duets and performances of the season.[19][20] During the American Idol Finale, Reinhart sang "Steppin' Out with My Baby" alongside jazz singer Tony Bennett which also received a standing ovation.

Musician and celebrity support[edit]

She received notable musician and celebrity support from Robert Plant, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Page, Kelly Clarkson,[21] Adam Lambert,[22] Tom Hanks,[23] Blake Lewis,[24] Melinda Doolittle, Kris Allen,[25] Ellen DeGeneres,[26] and others, who picked Reinhart as their favorite Season 10 contestant. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page contacted Idol producers and offered Reinhart the opportunity to sing a Led Zeppelin song for Top 3 week.[27]


Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Oh! Darling" The Beatles N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round,1 First Solo "Breathless" Corinne Bailey Rae N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Carry On Wayward Son"[28] Kansas N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo "God Bless the Child" Billie Holiday N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs of The Beatles
Group Performance
"The Long and Winding Road"
with Naima Adedapo and Jacob Lusk
The Beatles N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round Final Final Solo "Baby It's You" The Shirelles N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Women) Personal Choice "Fallin'" Alicia Keys 9 Advanced
Top 13 Your Personal Idol "Blue" LeAnn Rimes 7 Bottom 3[a]
Top 12 Year You Were Born "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Whitney Houston 5 Bottom 3[b]
Top 11 Motown "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" The Miracles 6 Safe
Top 11[c] Elton John "Bennie and the Jets" Elton John 11 Safe
Top 9 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame "Piece of My Heart" Erma Franklin 2 Safe
Top 8 Songs from the Movies "Call Me" Blondie 6 Bottom 3[d]
Top 7 Songs from the 21st Century "Rolling in the Deep" Adele 3 Bottom 3[e]
Top 6 Carole King Duet "I Feel the Earth Move"
with Casey Abrams
Carole King 3 Safe
Solo "Beautiful" 8
Top 5 Songs from Now and Then "You and I" Lady Gaga 5 Safe
"The House of the Rising Sun" Traditional 10
Top 4 Songs That Inspire "Earth Song" Michael Jackson 2 Safe
Leiber & Stoller Songbook "I (Who Have Nothing)" Ben E. King 5
Top 3 Contestant's Choice "What Is and What Should Never Be" Led Zeppelin 3 Eliminated
Jimmy Iovine's Choice "Rhiannon" Fleetwood Mac 6
Judges' Choice "You Oughta Know" Alanis Morissette 9
  1. ^ When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Reinhart was among the Bottom 3 but declared safe second, as Ashthon Jones was eliminated.
  2. ^ When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Reinhart was among the Bottom 3 but declared safe second, as Karen Rodriguez was eliminated.
  3. ^ Due to the judges using their one save on Casey Abrams, the Top 11 remained intact for another week, when two contestants were eliminated.
  4. ^ Reinhart was saved first from elimination.
  5. ^ Reinhart was saved first from elimination.

Post Idol career[edit]

2011–2013: Listen Up! and other projects[edit]

After her elimination, Reinhart had reportedly signed to Interscope Records, as per the implication of AI executive producer and director Nigel Lythgoe's tweet, which read: "Jimmy played me a song for Haley's record yesterday. Let's hope all the people that are professing love buy it and give her a great start."[29] On May 28, 2011, Reinhart and the other American Idol top 4 performed at the opening of the new Microsoft Store at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia. On June 2, 2011, Reinhart was interviewed on Live with Regis and Kelly. She performed "House of The Rising Sun" on the show. On June 17, 2011, TVLine released an interview between Reinhart and Michael Slezak. They discussed her life before Idol, her "cannon fodder" edit on the show, her unfair treatment by the judges, her unique song choices that became known as "some of the best on Idol ever", and her future. Slezak crowned her TVLine's favorite Season 10 contestant and thanked her for "kicking ass" and being "a risk-taker and awesome". In less than a week, the article became the most commented on article on the website.[30]

Reinhart is currently being managed by 19 Entertainment alongside fellow Idol season ten contestants Pia Toscano and James Durbin.[31] Reinhart, along with the rest of the Top 11, toured the country as a part of the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011, which ended on September 10, 2011. Reinhart, along with fellow contestants Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and James Durbin, released a Walmart Exclusive EP with her highlights from season 10 on American Idol. The tracks feature some of her popular performances such as "House of the Rising Sun" and "Bennie and the Jets" as well as a previously unreleased recording of "You Oughta Know".

On July 26, 2011, it was confirmed that Reinhart signed to 19/Interscope Records.[1] Reinhart will release her debut album through 19 Recordings and Interscope Records. She is currently in the studio working and writing on her album. She stated she's recorded a few songs so far, and the sound direction is more of an R&B/soul music with jazzy influences. She is in the process of picking her first single, and hopes the album will be out early next year.[1] On August 16, 2011, Reinhart was an artist featured in the Huffington Post's article entitled "15 New, Young Artists On The Rise".[32]

Reinhart and former American Idol Season 10 contestant, Casey Abrams, recorded a holiday song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside", which released on November 21, 2011.[33] The official video was released on November 15, 2011.[34] The Idol duo performed "Baby It's Cold Outside" and the Beatles' "All My Loving" in The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, and on Windy City Live. Prior the release of her album, Reinhart performed at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in New Orleans, singing a jazz version of "God Bless the Child". He then asked her to perform with him again at Carnegie Hall this upcoming October.[citation needed] She performed an acoustic version of Wild Horses with Slash and Myles Kennedy on February 18, 2012 at the Power of Love Gala for Muhammad Ali. Slash tweeted "Myles Kennedy & I performing "Wild horses" w/amazing vocalist, @haleyreinhart for tonight's Ali event. Fn' cool." Reinhart also led the birthday song to Ali.[35]

For her debut album Listen Up!, Reinhart has stated that she wants to have an "organic" feel to it, stating, "I want it to be real and I want it to have substance. Depth on different levels is so important to me...I want people to be able to run away with my melodies and get lost in them and take the lyrics and be able to relate to them."[36] She has written or co-written the tracks on her album.[36]

The first single of Reinhart's debut album is entitled "Free" which is produced by Busbee. The single was released on March 20. She has performed "Free" and two other songs, "Wasted Tears" and "Hit the Ground Running" at various venues, including the Hard Rock Cafe. "Hit the Ground Running" was written by Reinhart, Aimée Proal and Mike Elizondo.[citation needed] In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Reinhart revealed the names of some of the tracks of her album. The song debuted number six on the Philippine Charts,[37] but later on reached itself to top 2. In addition to "Free", "Hit the Ground Running", and "Wasted Tears", other songs on her album will include "Keep Coming Back", "Undone", and "Oh My" which will feature B.o.B.[36] Reinhart's debut album Listen Up! was released on May 22, 2012,[38][39] and can be pre-ordered through her website.[39] The album has gained much support on Twitter from Adam Lambert and Kris Allen.

Reinhart guest starred on 90210 on the fourth season episode, "Blue Ivy," and performed her single "Free." On April 11, 2012, it was announced that Reinhart would be a part of the 2012 Lollapalooza lineup. Reinhart's debut album, "Listen Up!" debuted at number seventeen in the Billboard 200, with over 20,000 copies sold.[40] Reinhart is featured on a track called "Hit the Road Jack" on fellow American Idol alum Casey Abrams' self-titled debut album. "Free" was featured on So You Think You Can Dance.[citation needed] "Undone" was sung on the twelfth season of American Idol by Rachel Hale on the last day of Hollywood Week in a sing-off competition against Stephanie Schimel and advanced to the top 40 and was also featured in the big screen movie, Step Up Revolution.[40]

In 2013, Reinhart traveled to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia and held her mini concert and promo for the twelfth season of American Idol.[citation needed] In Jakarta, Reinhart was a musical guest on the X Factor Indonesia singing "Bennie and the Jets."[citation needed]

Reinhart also attended a song writing camp to write for artists such as Rihanna at Westlake Studios.[citation needed] One of the songs she wrote, "Love Not War," was leaked online in May 2014.[41]

2014–present: EP and other projects[edit]

Reinhart announced that work had begun on her second studio album in 2013. She performed a new song, "My Cake" in August 2013.[42] Several other new original songs written for the album have been performed such as "Better," and a duet with Casey Abrams titled "You Were There."[citation needed] "Listen" was used for a Showtime miniseries called Years of Living Dangerously.[citation needed]

On February 17, 2014, Reinhart began an Indiegogo campaign to fund her new music video for her new single, "Show Me Your Moves", co-written with Rob Kleiner. The campaign was fully funded on April 6, 2014.[43]

On May 27, 2014 shooting for Reinhart's new music video began. The day before she posted a six second snippet of her new song "Show Me Your Moves" as well as a thank you message. The video was filmed in the Mojave desert in one day.[44] The video premiered on July 30, 2014.[45]

In October 2014, it was announced that Reinhart had signed a deal with independent management company Ole. They will gain worldwide co-publishing right to existing and future work of hers and also provide support for Reinhart's upcoming EP.[46]

In December 2014, Reinhart revealed that she will be starring in the upcoming Netflix animated television series F Is for Family, in which she will be voicing a young boy named Bill Murphy.[2] The series is slated to premiere in late 2015.[2]

In 2015, Reinhart became an official member of the popular youtube band, PMJ-helmed by Scott Bradlee. In her time with the band so far, she has been featured in two videos and was included as one of the vocalists on their European tour for select dates. Her "Habits" video reached one millions views.

Before going on tour, Reinhart recorded all of the tracks for her upcoming EP in Westlake Studios. [47]

Reinhart was featured as the lead high harmony-alongside several other artists-in Casey Abrams music video, "Great Bright Morning". This is the second time Reinahrt has collaborated with the "Orchestra of People"; she was featured as a mid harmony vocalist in Abrams' 2013 video, "Stuck in London". [48] [49]


Haley Reinhart discography
Studio albums 1
Singles 5
Music videos 7
Extended Plays 2


Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Listen Up! 17 52


Year Single Peak chart positions Sales
2012 "Free" 104 US: 61,000[53] Listen Up!
2014 "Show Me Your Moves" Show Me Your Moves
2015 "Habits" [54] Selfies on Kodachrome
2015 "All About That Bass"
(featuring Casey Abrams, Morgan James, and Ariana Savalas ) [55]
All About That Bass(2015 European Cast Version)

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Sales Album
US Holiday
2011 "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
(featuring Casey Abrams)
120 27 30 US: 25,000 Non-album single

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
American Idol season 10 highlights: Haley Reinhart
  • Release date: June 28, 2011
  • Label: 19, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
37 75
  • Release date: 2015
  • Publisher: ole
  • Format: Digital download


Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2011 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with Casey Abrams) Nick Spanos
2012 "Free" Christopher Sims
2013 "Stuck in London" (featured artist) Bayan Joonam
2014 "Show Me Your Moves" Danni G.
2015 "Habits" -
2015 "Great Bright Morning" (featured artist) Bayan Joonam
2015 "All About That Bass" -



Year Title Role Notes
2012 90210 Herself Performer
Episode: "Blue Ivy"
2012 Real Music Live Herself Performer
2015 F Is for Family Bill Murphy Series regular


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