Haley Reinhart is set to release a new single off of her upcoming extended play (EP) by the end of the year. Who is Haley Reinhart, you ask? Only the single most talented singer ever to be discovered by American Idol. [Aside: to any Glambert readers, Adam Lambert is a stronger artist overall, but Haley’s vocals are objectively better. Exhibit A.]
After coming in third on the tenth season of American Idol, she was signed to Interscope Records for one commercially unsuccessful album. Here is the music video for the lone single that was released. While most American Idol alums end their careers in commercial obscurity (after releasing perhaps one successful album in the immediate aftermath of their season), Haley’s sheer talent pulled her out of the morass. She was able to crowd-source enough funding to put together a not-half-bad music video for original song, “Show Me Your Moves.” Then, she found her element with Postmodern Jukebox, a youtube group that reinterprets songs in various styles, new and old. For example, here is one of their more popular videos, interpreting Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” in 1920’s Gatsby style.
Haley’s Postmodern Jukebox cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” blew up the internet, earning her almost 10 million views on youtube and counting. She subsequently recorded several more covers for Postmodern Jukebox, becoming their biggest star. Each song she has recorded for them — Seven Nation Army, All About that Base, Oops I Did it Again, Habits, Lovefool (and of course, Creep) — has garnered at least 1.5 million views. Over the past year or so, Haley has been touring as the spotlight of Postmodern Jukebox. On tour, she sings amazing covers of pretty much everything, which you can find on youtube, if you like. See, for example, this cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
In her element, Haley is amazing. It would appear that she has found her element and is prepared to market herself. And that is why it is so exciting that she is finally getting ready to release new original music. In the meantime, she has landed an acting role, playing the voice of a little boy in Netflix’s upcoming animated series, “F is for Family,” out this December. To hear a hilarious sample of her little boy voice, and to hear her chat about her upcoming projects, you can watch the full interview here.
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Update: Haley’s EP will apparently be called Better, and her single might be called “Good or Bad.” See an August 7th Instagram post below: