Haley Reinhart is gearing up to release her latest album, What’s That Sound, a compilation of 60’s covers. The American Idol season 10 singer just released another tune off the album, a cover of the Box Tops “The Letter.”
In a new interview with Variety, Haley explains why she’s drawn to the turbulent era.
“The ’60s were a time when people came together through love and rock ’n’ roll,” the singer said. “People didn’t believe in the hype; they questioned authority and stood up for justice. It was a beautiful time for music with a heavy wave of open consciousness. Our world today has that same sense of hopeful urgency, and I think it’s important to keep this music and the positive messages alive and current.”
“‘The Letter’ is such a cool, timeless tune,” Haley added. “… I thought it would be really neat to bring it up a couple of keys and give a woman’s take on the tune. It’s such a unique, upbeat song with gritty vocals, horns and sweeping strings. It’s become a pop standard to many and I’m so happy I got to put my own spin on it.”
Haley’s musician parents, Patti and Harry, perform on some tracks on Haley’s upcoming album, including “The Letter.”
“It was so special having my mom and dad on this tune, among many others on the album,” said Haley. “We recorded to 24-track two-inch analogue/tape, using old vintage gear. It’s important to me to not only remain authentic to the time as well as my own artistry, but really pay tribute to these amazing artists who have given us the soundtrack of our lives.”
What’s That Sound is due out September 22. Check out Haley Reinhart’s behind-the-scenes video for “The Letter”