Last season on American Idol, Haley Reinhart took a whole lot of heat… from the judges, the internet and, yes, me. Luckily, she won me over (not to mention Idol voters) with great performances and lustrous vocals that helped propel her into 3rd place. Of the top ten finalists, I think she is the one who could make the most interesting record (and 7 of them have deals, so we will see about that), and now we have our first taste of Haley music. Her new album is due later in the spring, but she performed an acoustic version of the first single “Free” the other night for a radio station in LA. Check it out below. I really like it. Her personality shines and her pipes are in fine form. I can’t wait to hear the official version due early next month. In the meantime, take a listen to Haley’s new song “Free” below and let me know if you’re still a fan.
Haley Reinhart “Free” (live)