Haley Reinhart is a child of music…from being dragged around the jazz clubs that her parents played as a little girl, to finding her own voice, and then doing American Idol (yeah yeah we don’t like it either but still) – wowing audiences with swing versions of Seven Nation Army and Creep (see below) with Postmodern Jukebox and getting a gold record with her cover of an Elvis song – the woman’s on fire.
I too was guilty of misjuding her because she’s young, pretty and embedded in the pop mainstream, but Haley’s got guts, bravado, a stunning voice and is a proven live performer despite being only 25 – so yeah, she’s won us over completely and we’re rooting for the girl…
indieBerlin: American Idol – coming third in the competition, I’m sure, brought you a lot of attention and opened a lot of doors – were there any negative effects of it? Did you have to fight harder for credibility for instance, or is it all just positive?
Haley Reinhart: It’s been a very positive experience for me, mostly ’cause I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sometimes it can be challenging, but I’ve broken many bouderies on & since the show. Some may think it was an easy ride & I like to prove those folks wrong – through hard work, perserveirence, and my artistic vision. 🙂
indieBerlin: So you’ve just hit gold with your cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love With You – how does that feel? Is it a milestone?
Haley Reinhart: To receive a gold record is such an honour! Makes me feel like all my hard work is really paying off. 🙂 It’s something I’ve always wanted to accomplish in my career, but I never planned for any of it to happen so organically. The fact that the people at Wrigley’s extra gum & BBDO sought me out to sing in their commercial, the commercial itself blew up, and the single naturally hit radio – still blows my mind.
indieBerlin: Is this your first tour in Europe? How do you find the difference between US and European audiences?
Haley Reinhart: I’ve been to Euope several times on other tours including, Postmodern Jukebox! The audiences in Europe radiate pure love. 🙂 it’s also really cool and interesting to see that not as many people in Europe feel the need to take a million photos/record video. Seems as though they really enjoy the present moment and live in it fully. So excited to see those smiling faces!
I was a club kid. I tagged along with my folks band, helped my dad carry in his guitars and mic stands, ran around and crawled under the audiences tables…
indieBerlin: Tell us a little bit about your musical background.
Haley Reinhart: I was a club kid. 🙂 I tagged along with my folks band. I’d help my dad carry in his guitars and mic stands. Run around and crawl under the audiences tables and eventually, I took the stage with them. My parents brought up my sister and I on everything from rock, pop, blues, jazz, funk, to classical. I can’t thank them enough for it all. It’s in my blood for good.
indieBerlin: Tell us something about yourself that you always wanted to say but no one has ever asked you yet.
Haley Reinhart: I love roller skating. 🙂
indieBerlin: If you had to describe your music to a deaf person, what would you say?
Haley Reinhart: I would play it loud and let them feel the vibrations. I write, sing, and produce music for people to feel all the way to their core and come out feeling better.
indieBerlin: Tell us a secret about yourself.
Haley Reinhart: I’m a clothes-aholic. 😉
indieBerlin: What music do you listen to when you’re touring?
Haley Reinhart: A lot of The Beatles, classic rock, Sly and the Family Stone, and tons of newer alternative pop/rock I Shazam.
indieBerlin: What was the last concert you went to?
Haley Reinhart: Stevie wonder, which was a dream come true. I actually played the same Jazz Fest in New Orleans two days prior.
I tripped up some stairs during Idol….I laughed through the pain and got right back up
indieBerlin: What was your biggest stage mess-up?
Haley Reinhart: Tripping up some stairs during idol. Thankfully I laughed through the pain and got right back up. My father was playing guitar with me that night, so that also helped me push through & continue to rocknroll!
indieBerlin: With whom would you never share the stage with?
Haley Reinhart: Never say never.
indieBerlin: In ten years you look back to today and think:_____________
Haley Reinhart: “Life’s been good to me so far.” – Joe Walsh
indieBerlin: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Haley Reinhart: Come on out to my show for a groovy time and thanks a lot for the support!
Interview by Noel Maurice for indieBerlin
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaries, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site. Noel is currently completing his second novel. As well as running indieBerlin, Noel is also active as web designer, chatbot creator and business communication coach.