Former "American Idol" finalist Haley Reinhart was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy New York Chapter office, Reinhart discussed her experience on "American Idol," performing live, her biggest career moments so far, and her forthcoming debut album, Listen Up! Part of the discussion was driven by questions submitted by fans using the #5QW hashtag on Twitter.
"It really was the experience of a lifetime," said Reinhart regarding "American Idol." "We often referred to it as 'Star Boot Camp' just because you really go through the ringer. But it's all worth it. You get all those layers of skin on you and you're ready for anything."
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Born in Wheeling, Ill., Reinhart began singing at 8 years old. Throughout high school she performed in her parents' cover band, and upon graduating in 2009 she attended Harper College where she studied jazz. She auditioned for "American Idol" in the summer of 2010, and her jazzy, soulful vocals landed her in the show's final top three in 2011. Reinhart subsequently earned a record deal with Interscope Records. Her debut album, Listen Up!, is set to be released on May 22 and features the single "Free."