UPDATE: Press release announcing “Listen Up”
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Haley Reinhart — the 21-year-old Illinois native who won over American Idol viewers with her unique, standout performances and jazzy vocal style as a Season 10 finalist — will release her debut single, “Free,” digitally on March 20th. The piano-driven track, which Haley describes as “an empowering break-up song” is the lead-off single from Haley’s eagerly awaited debut album, Listen Up!, which will be released by 19 Recordings/Interscope Records on May 22nd. To hear “Free” visit http://intersco.pe/HaleyFree
Beginning today those who sign up at Haley’s website www.haleyreinhart.com/order can pre-order the physical deluxe edition of Listen Up!, which includes a CD of the album’s 14 songs, a collectible display flipbook featuring 14 vintage art postcards with commentary and a personal message to fans from Haley on each card, and a code to redeem a digital download of “Free” beginning March 20th. The first 500 fans to purchase this very special item will receive copies signed by Haley.
To celebrate the release of “Free,” Haley will return to American Idol to perform the song on March 22nd. She will also appear as herself on the CW’s 90210 on the March 27th episode, performing a part of the song.
The TV appearances promise to whet the appetite of Haley fans eager to hear what she has in store on Listen Up!, which has shaped up to be a retro-flavored, yet thoroughly contemporary-sounding collection of songs that Haley co-wrote with her collaborators, who include Mike Elizondo, busbee, Rob Kleiner, Rune Westberg, and Chris Seefried. “Along with the album’s pop undertones, it definitely has key elements of soul, rock, R&B, and even some jazz,” Haley says. “I’m hugely influenced by the music I grew up with and you can hear that on the album. I’m so thrilled to make my visions come to life!”
Read more about “Listen Up!” in the Hollywood Reporter‘s exclusive interview with Haley here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-haley-reinhart-album-casey-abrams-297502
Check out a fist listen of Haley Reinhart’s debut single, the funky and soulful “Free”. The song will be available on iTunes on March 20th, two days before she performs it live on the American Idol results show on March 22.