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Haley Reinhart, Still Free

March 30, 2012

If you’re a regular on the sofa, you know I am a fan of Haley Reinhart‘s voice. Yesterday, in anticipation of her debut album (Listen Up,  due on May 2), she released a video for lead single, the highly-addictive “Free.” Lest there be any confusion, the video starts and ends with shots of someone on keys, driving home that this song – and subsequent album – is backed by real musicianship, not pre-made tracks. Pushing the old-school, authentic vibe even further, the director chose to intercut interior and exterior scenes of Reinhart at a 1950s-style soda shoppe.

Along with the release, Reinhart has been speaking to a lot of the press. Listing names like Adele (who she covered during her run on AI), Corinne Bailey Rae, Duffy, Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monae and up-and-coming juggernaut Alabama Shakes in her interviews tells me one thing: this girl has excellent taste in music. If her album is along the same lines as these ladies, there is a definite market. I’m not sure what kind of album sales that translates into (you know as well as I do that those names, while exciting to those of us who appreciate great music, don’t often generate the clang of the cash register. Adele excluded). So, we wait. We see what happens. We buy Listen Up when it comes out. We make a concerted effort to propel this talented young lady as far as she can go. I look forward to hearing the journey.

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