Haley Elizabeth Reinhart (born September 9, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter and voice actress from Wheeling, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She first rose to prominence after placing third in the tenth season of American Idol. In July 2011, Reinhart signed a recording deal with Interscope Records.
Her debut album Listen Up! was released on May 22, 2012, to critical acclaim and she subsequently became the first American Idol alumna to perform at Lollapalooza. After being dropped by Interscope Records following a change in the company’s management in 2012, Reinhart expanded the agreement she had with her music publisher, ole, in 2014. Reinhart signed with ICM Partners in March 2016, in addition to her ongoing deal with ole.
Reinhart garnered widespread recognition in 2015 for performing and touring with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Her most notable collaboration with the band on a Jazz cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” spent 58 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Jazz digital charts and received critical acclaim. In the same year, she gained additional notice when her cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which was used in a commercial for Extra Gum, became a viral sensation, peaked at number 16 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on February 17, 2017. Reinhart won a Cannes Lion for Entertainment and a Clio Award for the song in 2016. Additionally, she made her voice acting debut as Bill Murphy in the Netflix animated comedy F Is for Family on December 18, 2015. She reprised the role as a main cast member in the series’ second and third seasons.
Her second studio album, Better, served as an expansion of an initially conceived EP and was released on April 29, 2016, following the lead single and title track, “Better”, which was released on April 8. The album debuted at number 22 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. She supported the release of the album with a 2016 summer headlining tour that was held throughout the United States and a spring leg that was held throughout Europe in May and June 2017. Reinhart’s third studio album, What’s That Sound?, was released September 22, 2017 through Concord Records. The album’s lead single, “Baby It’s You” was released June 16, 2017, followed by “The Letter” on July 13, 2017, and “For What It’s Worth” on August 11, 2017. “Let’s Start”, one of three original songs on the album, was released as the fourth single on September 15, 2017. Reinhart supported the album with a 2017 fall US headlining solo tour.
In 2018, Reinhart gained additional notice as a featured vocalist on Jeff Goldblum’s debut album The Capitol Studios Sessions and on Vicetone’s single “Something Strange”, which peaked at number 24 on Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. On June 1, 2018, the standalone single “Last Kiss Goodbye” was released, followed by “Don’t Know How to Love You” on September 14, which served as the lead single from Reinhart’s fourth studio album, Lo-Fi Soul, released on March 27, 2019. The title track was released as the album’s second single on February 8, 2019. The third single, “Honey, There’s the Door” was released with its video on March 8. Reinhart promoted the album with a headlining US tour.
We first fell in love with Ms. Reinhart when she was performing with Post Modern Jukebox. You know how Nicholas Cage can only act one way and essentially portrays himself in every movie, no matter what different character he’s playing? A lot of singers are like that, they can only sing in one very limited fashion (think Billie Eilish). It gets old fast. Haley Reinhart, on the other hand, is versatile. She can go from the sultry tones of a Greek siren to a vocal jackhammer when needed. Hearing her on ‘LoFi Soul’ was like discovering her all over again. We not only declare her as our featured artist for the week of May 6th, 2019, but the best artist we had the privilege of spinning in 2018 for her work with Vicetone on ‘Something Strange’.
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