Haley Reinhart Is Free

Former "American Idol" finalist discusses her jazz influences, songwriting process and her debut album, Listen Up!
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    Haley Reinhart
August 28, 2012 -- 4:25 pm PDT

Singer/songwriter Haley Reinhart recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief set. Reinhart discussed her debut album, Listen Up!, collaborators she worked with on the album, her jazz influences, and touring, among other topics. Reinhart's set consisted of songs from Listen Up!

"I've been songwriting for a long time," said Reinhart." "Since I was young, I did slam poetry. I'm very much into the lyrical aspect [of music]. Also, I really, really appreciate melody for everything that it's worth. And it comes quite easily for me too. [Singing] is probably my favorite thing of all."

A native of Wheeling, Ill., Reinhart was a finalist on season 10 of "American Idol" in 2011. Her performances on the show subsequently earned her a deal with Interscope Records. Reinhart's debut album, Listen Up!, was released in May, featuring the single "Free." For Listen Up! Reinhart collaborated with songwriters/producers such as Mike Elizondo (Jay-Z, Maroon 5), Rob Kleiner (Flo Rida, Usher) and busbee (Kelly Clarkson, Kid Cudi). The album peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200. Reinhart has select tour dates scheduled in Canada and the United States this fall.

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