Friendly Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
This is another Friendly Encounter which I really enjoyed. First, I am responsible for the moment. I got passes to the Meet-and-Greet prior to the Haley Reinhart show.
Second, I also met Haley for the first time. Haley had been on my radar and my "want" list since I heard her version of Radiohead's Creep. It blew me away and I looked for other stuff of hers. i quickly soaked up everything I could find from her.
I learned she is a Chicago area native and was a contestant on American Idol. How did she not win that season? Since then, she has performed solo, with Postmodern Jukebox and with various others, like Casey Abrams, another Idol contestance from that season.
There was an opening act, followed by Haley's band performing without her. Haley eventually joined her band and performed for about an hour. It was a great night of music.
At the Meet-and-Greet, Haley was very sweet and friendly. She is simply a doll and her voice is amazing. She is definitely my favorite singers from the current music scene.
I am glad Jimmy also enjoyed the night. It was fun to experience all of this with him.
Haley Reinhart and Jim Gekas in Chicago, IL-June 2016.