Posted On 25 Oct 2017
Pop singer Haley Reinhart had the entire audience in the palm of her hands last night (Tuesday, October 24th) at LA’s El Rey Theatre. For almost 2 hours, she entertained the packed venue with a slew of her originals and most popular covers. This tour is in support of her most recent third full-length album, “What’s That Sound” out now via Concord Records.
Reinhart first rose to prominence after placing third in the 10th season of American Idol in 2011. and went on to release her debut album, “Listen Up!” a year later. In 2015, she began touring with Scott Bradlee’s creative cover band Postmodern Jukebox. Her renditions of Radiohead’s “Creep” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” became instant successes and together, they have now received over 40 millions views on YouTube. Her second studio album, “Better” came out in 2016, following the lead single and title track, “Better.”
It’s been about a year since Haley performed at the El Rey Theatre so at the top of the show, she expressed how excited she was to be back there and warned the crowd that “things were about to get psychedelic.” Wearing big 60’s style sunglasses and dressed in a playful flowery skirt and matching top, she took everyone back to the 60’s for the night. Opening with the very groovy inspired “Let’s Start,” she then smoothly moved into singing more tracks off the cover album, including Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 hit “White Rabbit” followed by The Boxtops’ “The Letter,” Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What’s It’s Worth.” She explained that she decided to do an album of 60’s covers because that is the music that she grew up on and loved. These are the songs that her parents were listening to so it was only fitting that they were part of this collection. The singer’s father, Harry played guitar and her mom, Patti sang on the album. Before singing The Zombie’s “Time Of The Season,” she mentioned that they had reached out to her and told her how much they enjoyed her cover of the track. She loved hearing that from then. Reinhart then welcomed her long-time collaborator Casey Abrams to join her on stage to sing their hit song.
This writer particularly enjoyed hearing the vocalist’s re-imagination of The Shirelles’ 1969 classic “Baby It’s You.” Reinhart had the pleasure of working with the same engineer on “What’s That Sound” as those ladies had for the original tune. Afterwards, an audience member showed his appreciation and shouted “Pretty fucking good!” Haley thanked him and the “rest of the peanut gallery.”
No Haley Reinhart concert is complete without her friend and musical collaborator, Scott Bradlee gracing the stage and so she welcomed him towards the end of the show. They played another song off the 60’s collection called “Sunny Afternoon,” first sung by The Kinks in 1967. They also performed her very popular “Creep” cover together which was welcomed by thunderous applause by the crowd.
Haley also treated us to a few of her favorite original tunes, including “Bring The Love Back Home,” “Better,” “Wonderland,” “Listen,” “Good Or Bad” and “My Cake.” She ended the show with her beloved cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and another track off her 60’s cover album, Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made For Walkin.”
Whether singing her own song or someone else’s, there’s no denying it, Haley has the pipes of someone with many years of practice. She effortlessly belts out ballads and mesmerizes everyone with her swoon-worthy and gorgeous tone. Her voice is sexy in all the right places and strong and powerful in all the other places. This is one singer that must be seen live to truly appreciate her talent.
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