Haley Reinhart Biography
Haley Reinhart was born in Wheeling, Illinois on September 9, 1990 to Patti Miller-Reinhart and Harry Reinhart. Both her parents are musicians. She began singing when she was 8 years old, and she performed with her parents’ band, Midnight, which covers rock songs from the ’60s and ’70s. She attended Mark Twain Elementary School, O.W. Holmes Middle School, and Wheeling High School. After graduating high school in 2009, Reinhart attended Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, in 2009–2010, studying jazz. She performed at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with her high school's jazz band and at Harper College with the college's Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Lab.
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 received notable musician and celebrity support from Robert Plant, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Page, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Tom Hanks, Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle, Kris Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, 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.
She is the only season 10 contestant who has over one million views on four of her Youtube performance videos: her renditions of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" Ben E. King's "I (Who Have Nothing)", and her version of "House of the Rising Sun". 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 Haley's re-uploaded version of "Rolling In The Deep" has reached 2 million views once again. Her version of "House of the Rising Sun" reached 1.5 million views as of November 20, 2011, and was taken down, and her version of "I Who Have Nothing" reached 2 million views as of January 30, 2012.Haley Reinhart is well know for her high growls,the usage of the whistle register and has a vocal range of a soprano. She has a 4.7 octave range.She cites her musical influences on The Beatles. Her idol is Corinne Bailey Rae,she also looks up to mariah carey as her idol
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", Ben E. King's "I (Who Have Nothing)" and Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be". Her performance of "Moanin'", with fellow contestant Casey Abrams during the Top 8 results show, also received a standing ovation from the judges and was considered one of the best duets and performances of the season. During the American Idol Finale, Reinhart sang "Steppin' Out with My Baby" alongside jazz singer Tony Bennett which also received a standing ovation.
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."
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.
Reinhart is currently being managed by 19 Entertainment alongside fellow Idol season ten contestants Pia Toscano and James Durbin.
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. 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.
On August 16, 2011, Reinhart was an artist featured in the Huffington Post's article entitled "15 New, Young Artists On The Rise".
Also, 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. The official video was released on November 15, 2011.
Reinhart tweeted to her fans on January 15, 2012 that her first single will be released on March 1. In an interview with Kiss 98.5 Reinhart said that she hoped her album would be out by the latest in May.Her first single will be titled Free which is produced by Busbee. The single is going to be released sometime in March, according to twitter. Haley attended the grammys 2012.