American Idol‘s Haley Reinhart has signed a recording contract! Reinhart joins fellow Idol Pia Toscano on Interscope Records and is the fourth consecutive member of Season 10’s diverse Top 11 finalists to secure a deal with 19 Recordings. Winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina are signed with country label Mercury Nashville.
The spirited and sultry songstress finished in third place, wow-ing American Idol audiences with her creative, daring and standing ovation-worthy renditions of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets”, The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. Each week, Reinhart showcased her talents in a vast range of genres, including jazz, blues, rock’n’ roll, R&B, pop and country. There’s no doubt that her debut album will reflect her eclectic and electric musical stylings!
View the official press release from Interscope Records below:
Santa Monica, CA, July 26, 2011 — Interscope Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Season 10 American Idol contestant, Haley Reinhart to a recording contract. Haley is currently on the road with the mega-popular “American Idol Live!” tour, which kicked off July 6th in Salt Lake City, UT, and continues through the summer before concluding on September 10th in Rochester, NY.
“I’ve always dreamed of getting this kind of recognition,” Reinhart says. “I am very thankful to 19 and Interscope for giving me this opportunity to create my own music.”
Twenty year old Wheeling, Illinois native Haley Reinhart auditioned for American Idol in Wisconsin and made it all the way through to third place, finishing behind Lauren Alaina and winner, Scotty McCreery. The sultry singer received an outpour of support after her elimination from notable musicians and celebrities like Lady Gaga, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Adam Lambert, Tom Hanks and tons more, who all picked her as their favorite. In fact, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reached out to American Idol producers to allow Haley to perform a Led Zeppelin number on the show.
Haley is the only contestant from Season 10 that reached over a million views on three of her performance videos on YouTube. Her version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” garnered a staggering 2.3 million views in less than a week, followed by Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” and Ben E. King’s “I (Who Have Nothing)”. Haley also got to showcase her unique, jazzy voice on an adorable duet with music legend, Tony Bennett, as the two performed “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” on the American Idol finale.