Haley Reinhart was born in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling. She rose to fame on tv's American Idol. Although she did not win the season (she finished third), she has gone on to a successful singing career.
I did not see Haley on AI, as I do not watch the show. I originally saw her accidentally when I came across her version of "Creep" on YouTube. I was blown away by her vocals. I started searching and downloading as much of her music as I could find.
There are very few musicians from the last 20 years who I really like. I know I'm old. Haley is one of my favorites though.
I had the pleasure of seeing her perform twice live at Lincoln Hall. I go to very few concerts, because I generally do not like concerts, but I totally loved Haley's shows. It was also cool to see so many of her family members and friends in the audience.
Haley gained a bit more exposure from the Wrigley Gum commercial, featuring her performance of "Can't Help Falling In Love." That video went crazy on YouTube.
As if I wasn't a big enough fan, Haley came out with "What's That Sound," a collection of her versions of classic songs from the 1960's and three original tunes. Haley's voice was perfect for songs like "Baby It's You," "White Rabbit," "Oh! Darling" and the rest. I absolutely love that album.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Haley prior to both shows. She was so sweet. The second time, she actually remembered us from the first show, which was a year earlier. We talked for a bit about her Chicago area roots and her musical family. It was about as cool as it could be within the time constraints.
For more info on Haley and her music, check out HaleyReinhart.com. Hopefully, she will be adding a show in Chicago again and I will be there if that happens!
Haley Reinhart and me in Chicago, IL-November 2017.