Coming Soon! Listen Up!, Week of 5/13-19, 5/17 NJ, 5/18 NYC, 5/19 FL (ROLLUP)

Posted on May 12, 2012

Launch of Listen Up! next week.  Hitting the east coast for a few events.   Keith Phelps on keys, Courtney Leonard md and on bass and drums!

May 15, BMI Pop Awards
May 17, ‘Little Pink Dress Party’, Little Pink Dress Party, tickets via WSJO SOJO 1049, Atlantic City, NJ
May 18, Headlining Girls Who Rock Benefit, Gramercy Theater, New York City Stream Info
May 19, Spring Fling ConcertWINK-FM, Fort Myers, FL


Haley will be recording “Hit The Road Jack” (Ray Charles) with Casey for his album (June 26).

May 14, News

INTERVIEW: Haley Reinhart On Her Debut Album [Popservations, Turn It Up column]

Having ‘listened up’ to Listen Up!, there’s a definite retro flavor to the tracks. Songs like “Wonderland” and “Wasted Years,” which I’ve got stuck on repeat, obviously reference the classic Motown sound. Was that mix of old and new sounds something that you were looking to do on your album?

“Yes, yes it is. There wasn’t much that I was premeditating, but that was definitely something I needed to keep in mind. My roots, the classics — they mean so much to me — so being able to have that instilled in the record and still bring it together with a contemporary feel was definitely something that I wanted to represent.”

Updated BIO at, excerpts:

Immediately after the tour ended, Reinhart (who ranked third in the tenth season of American Idol) moved from her hometown of Wheeling, Illinois, to Los Angeles and began furiously crafting the songs that would eventually grace her debut. The result is Listen Up! (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records), a ten-track fusion of pop, R&B, rock and roll, and soul that’s both timeless and irresistibly fresh. Serving as co-writer on all but one number (“Free,” the album’s sweetly sorrowful, piano-driven torch-song lead single), Reinhart infuses Listen Up! with her strikingly authentic sensibility and, in turn, more than meets her mission of bringing a classic spirit to modern pop.


Not only helpful for building momentum, the synergy between Reinhart and her collaborators was key to the album’s stunning diversity of sound. “Working with all these different people, we got to bring in so many tonalities and play around with different rhythms and techniques from a whole mix of genres—from classic rock to funk to psychedelia to jazz,” she says. “We weren’t even intentionally trying to fit all that in. It just happened naturally once things got flowing.” Still, much of Listen Up!’s strength lies in Reinhart’s devotion to old-school pop simplicity. “The most crucial thing to me is that people hear the album and feel good and just get lost in the melodies,” notes Reinhart.

Right from the opening track (“Oh My!” ft. B.o.B, a horn-soaked stomper that Reinhart describes as giving off “a cool, swampy, James Bond kind of vibe”), Listen Up! reveals itself as a brightly inventive pop pastiche built on contradiction: it’s sultry yet playful, slick yet gutsy, breezy yet endlessly passionate. Songs like the tough-talking, triumphant “Hit The Ground Runnin’” offer the strut of ‘60s soul, while the harmony-kissed “Wasted Tears” and “Wonderland” bear all the wistful spirit of a girl-group hit (“I grew up on Motown,” explains Reinhart, “so one of my goals for this album was to bring that back and give it my own twist”). A swelling, string-accented piano ballad about love gone wrong, “Undone” leads into “Now That You’re Here” (a sunny pop gem that gracefully flaunts Reinhart’s soaring, high-spirited vocals and boasts an infectious handclap backbeat). And on the album-closing “Walking On Heaven,” Reinhart sets her bravely hopeful lyrics about “waiting for the world around me to change” to a scorching guitar riff delivered by her father, Harry Reinhart. “That song’s about how the world can be a beautiful place, heaven on Earth, if we look at it right,” says Reinhart. “It’s got a great message and my dad plays a really sweet lead on it. It was such an honor to have him on the song.”

Now that she’s striking out on her own, Reinhart’s excited about merging her tightly honed performance chops with what she calls “that raw musicianship that means so much to me.” “With the music I grew up on, there were all these imperfections that made it amazing,” she says. “It wasn’t about trying so hard; it was all about pure feeling and energy. To me that’s the important stuff. That’s what I want to bring back into music today.”
Haley enjoying herself with the Papaparzi

May 15, BMI Pop Awards

Reported to be attending, possibility she’ll be performing Beautiful based on a past tweet.  (Confirmed).

Haley Reinhart ‏ @HaleyReinhart At the BMI pop awards! Singing “Beautiful” in honor of Carole King. What a pleasure:) #BMIPopAwards Ps happy 7 days till “Listen Up!”


Carole King Named BMI Icon at 60th Annual BMI Pop Awards [BMI]

The all-star tribute to King featured promising young talent, an international star, and a golden-age pop idol, reflecting the broad appeal of King’s extraordinary work. 19 Recordings/Interscope Records recording artist and American Idol alumna Haley Reinhart delivered an inspiring performance of “Beautiful”; Universal Republic recording artist Colbie Caillat offered a soulful rendition of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”; and Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits capped off the tribute with “I’m into Something Good,” the debut smash for Herman’s Hermits in 1964.

Some photos and clips of Haley in the BMI EPK.   [The clip is buried in a 15m video. Someone uploaded the clips to youtube.]

BMI ‏ @bmi @HaleyReinhart sings @Carole_king‘s “beautiful” at the #BMIPopAwards 9:55 PM – 15 May 12 via Twitter for iPhone · Details


Aims ‏ @teamaims @HaleyReinhart at the BMI Pop Awards

Start of 8 photos at Global Media Images

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 15:  Haley Reinhart attends 60th Annual BMI Pop Awards held at The Grand Ballroom inside The Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Jc Olivera/

BMI ‏ @bmi American Idol alum @haleyreinhart looks as good as she sounds on the#BMIPopAwards red carpet. 8:33 PM – 15 May 12 via Twitter for iPhone · Details

Chad Richardson ‏ @chadofalltrades @HaleyReinhart was AMAZING at the BMI pop awards tonight!!!!!! @olemajorlyindie


Haley Reinhart Makes ‘Idol’ Projection [ET Online]

Relating closest to Phillip Phillips’ outlook of staying true to who he is, Haley encourages the hopefuls to “make what you can of this platform you’ve been given. I seized the moment.” Although all of the finalists are winners at this point, Haley pinpointed the outstanding voice of Jessica Sanchez since her initial televised audition. Had the judges not used their one save of the season, Jessica would have been eliminated weeks ago. “I couldn’t agree more,” Haley approved of the panel’s decision. “I called her for the win.”

Belinda Thomas ‏ @belindasLAmusicvVideo: Catching up with Haley Reinhart at the NARM Music Biz Awards via @sharethis #haleyreinhart#americanidol #19

Jeffrey Christian ‏ @jeffreychrist YES! My advance copy of Haley Reinhart‘s CD LISTEN UP! arrived at my office. I know what I’m listening 2 on the way 2 work tomorrow! [Runs blog which does music reviews]

PJ ‏ @CarolinaHalien Beatweek issue pdf with Haley Reinhart interview @haleyRnews… [pp. 16-18]

May 16 News

“Oh My!” splashed across Urban and Hip-Hop music sites.  Some noise that it is the second single.  Sampling is proving powerful for getting out the buzz; let’s see if it translates into sales!  A few of the articles:

We’ve written about She’s the First, an organization that helps sponsor girls’ education in developing countries (yay!), and this Friday they’re partnering with Girls Who Rock to host a concert to benefit Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a school in India. Headlining the show is none other than season 10′sAmerican Idol star Haley Reinhart. (She volunteered — how cool is that?).

Haley Talks “Listen Up!” [Miss Exclusive, Video]
MusiqTone Hot Seat [Interview 5/16]

HS: I’ve had the great opportunity to listen to Listen Up! before it’s release next week. It shows your capability to master so many different genres, and everything flows so smoothly. What was the writing process like?
HR: Thank you, um it was really a crazy process actually. For me actually when I moved to L.A., I was set up with about two months, three months worth of different producers and song writers. So each day we would walk in, and from the very first session which was with Rob Kleiner and Sam Watters. And we wrote “Liar,” and that’s the second song. [Haley stops to double check “What is it?”] Not the second, I mean the third song on the album. It’s just ironic and it did go very very smoothly. And we didn’t really premeditate trying to fit all of these genres that’s just what I’m influenced by and it was quite easy to just let the rest come naturally.

HS: Right off the bat, the first song on Listen Up!, features B.O.B. How did that collaboration come to be and what was it like finding out that someone of his caliber was going to be on your first major label record?
HR: It was pretty awesome, we were talking about how it was a very short song and we thought we should get a rapper and that would be a pretty cool thing. I added a little part myself, a breakdown after the rap. We met a few people who would like to do it and we tried to think about the best person. And once he got his verse in, it was like he fit the coolness that the song had and well it was perfect.

Haley Reinhart – “Oh My!” [BeMagazine 5/16]

Wanna hear some ish that will make the hair on your arms stand at attention, some sweet ear candy?  Yes? Former American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart’s new track featuring B.O.B. “Oh My!” is your medicine. Haley’s voice is hauntingly clear and distinct and BOB just plain delivers. Say “word.”

Aims ‏@teamaims Entertainment Weekly review of David Cook (B) and Haley Reinhart (B+) 5:06 PM – 17 May 12 via Twitter for Android · Details

May 17, ‘Little Pink Dress Party’, Little Pink Dress Party, tickets via WSJO SOJO 1049, Atlantic City, NJ

Tickets can only be obtained through WSJO.

On Thursday, May 17th at The Melting Pot at Tanger Outlets The Walk in Atlantic City, you can see Haley Reinhart (and special guest Katrina) live in a private session exclusive to SoJO listeners during our ‘Little Pink Dress Party’!
Interscope Promotion ‏@INTERSCOPEPROMO Pic of @HaleyReinhart @WSJO Pink Dress Party –> 4:26 PM – 17 May 12 via TweetDeck · Details
Haley Reinhart American Idol Interview, Listen Up Album [, interview 4/27, video 5/17]

May 18, Headlining Girls Who Rock Benefit, Gramercy Theater, New York City  Stream Info


uStream recording at ; you’ll need to skip ahead about 49m.  NOTE: the audio may be muted by default for some odd reason, click on the speaker icon to turn it on.

House Of The Rising Sun on Youtube

Photos at Girls Who Rock Flckr, Performace [17 photos], Performance [9 photos] and Red Carpet [3 photos]


Courtney on Drums, Keith on Keyboard.

LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE: Starting at 7PM Eastern.   You can catch Haley and maybe even see her interviewed by the “Twins Who Laugh”.

Haley Reinhart ‏ @HaleyReinhart Eyy! I’m performing at @GIRLSWHOROCKNY on May 18! Get your ticket, 100% is donated to support

There is a livestream starting at 7PM Eastern (Red Carpet) and hopefully continuing through the performances (they did last year).

She’s the First ‏ @shesthefirst @haleyrfans7 we’ll be updating this channel! @HaleyReinhart@girlswhorockny Detals 

GIRLS WHO ROCK‏@girlswhorockny Just posted a photo
IPB Image
stylEast Group ‏@stylEastGroup Glamed up another artist Haley Reinhart @girlswhorockny
Selena Soo ‏@selenasoo Love American Idol’s Haley Reinhart, performing at #GWR2012!
H and C Loesch ‏@twinswholaug Took this for you @iBelieveInHaley it’s been nice freaking out with you muahh!;)❤

Suspect Chiara is with Haley,   Chiara Kramer ‏@chiarakramer I miss sleep. [1:17AM Pacific, 4:17 Eastern]
Pre-order Listen Up! ‏@Addicted2Haley 12:30 PM – 19 May 12 via Tweet Button · Details [Nice photo of Haley on stage, reduced size copy below, once at tumblr click on photo for an even larger version]
 Haley Reinhart 
Haley on Casey’s album, “Hit The Road Jack”

IDYLLWILD: ‘Idol’ alum Casey Abrams to release debut 
 [Press Enterprise]

One of the other songs on the album is a cover of Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack,” with Abrams’ “Idol” gal pal, Haley Reinhart.

HC: Why are you so excited to perform at Girls Who Rock?
HR: I’m very pleased to be a part of something that’s such a huge cause. Especially speaking from a women’s point of view, I’ve always been the empowering type. I’m always the first one to stick up for a women of any cause. Being able to help girls’ higher education really hits home in a sense of where I’m coming form. I’m glad the entertainment world can help.

Seventeen: What prompted you to get involved with Girls Who Rock?

Haley Reinhart: I’m a big fan of special causes and I truly believe in this one. It empowers girls and women all over the world by helping young women who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get a higher education. it’s really a beautiful thing. I’m very lucky and honored to be a part in it.

Haley Reinhart Craves Comfort Food, ’90s Toons & Beatles Everything: Favorites (Idolator, Video)

Season 10 “American Idol” goddess of the growl, the fabulous Miss Haley Reinhart, recently came by Yahoo! Music to perform two songs from the aptly titled Listen Up!–her lushly retromodern debut album (think Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Nicole Atkins, Joss Stone) that is the perfect combination of sass and class.
Direct links to videos:
Haley Reinhart Exclusive Interview [Yahoo! Music, Video]
nick spanos ‏@SpanosPhoto Check out my new portrait of @haleyreinhart shot on the set of her #free music video. #haleyreinhart #americanidol 12:33 PM – 18 May 12 via web · Details

May 19, Spring Fling ConcertWINK-FM, Fort Myers, FL

Now That You’re Here

House Of The Rising Sun

Co-billed as headliner with Kris Allen.  WINK-FM is running promotions for better seats, VIP access.

Rain delayed and rained during the concert.
Same set as NYC (all songs confirmed except NTYH) Wasted Tears, Free, Now That You’re Here, and House Of The Rising Sun.  Courtney on drums again.
Kris Allen ‏@KrisAllen I’m a super fan. @HaleyReinhart 11:30 AM – 19 May 12 via Instagram · Details
96-9 WINK FM ‏@969WINKFM @haleyreinhart sounds AmAZINg live, wow
Julia ‏@mzmaggiemae LMAO my ass is the only part of me that’s dry. Soaked and freezing but GODDAMN Haley was worth it.

As fans give their support, oneIdol veteran — season 10’s Haley Reinhart — is extending her well wishes, too.

“I appreciate his sense of self and he knows who he is. I heard he’s feeling under the weather, too, so I hope things go well for him with everything,” a concerned Reinhart told THR at Friday’s benefit concert in New York City for She’s The First, a nonprofit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world.

Reinhart, who lost the 2011 crown to country singer Scotty McCreery, said of this year’s season, “I’ve seen a lot of it, you know, when I’m around. I think it’s been a great run — and Jessica Sanchez, I’m been rooting for that girl since day one.”

Added Reinhart: “She’s definitely a powerhouse, and she’s only 16. It’s kind of crazy.”


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