Haley Reinhart had a memorably bumpy ride on the just-completed 10th season of "American Idol." She fell down during her final performance night, got dinged by judge Randy Jackson on a number of occasions in an otherwise-sunshiny season of high praise for most of the top finishers and almost had to take the stage at the last minute as a finale sub when eventual runner-up Lauren Alaina suffered a vocal-cord malady on the last performance night.
So is Haley bitter about her seesaw season or worried that her third-place finish means her sultry blues sound didn't click with America?
"I'm really, really lucky to have some strong women that have powerful voices that are coming back into the scene ... that's very inspiring, because that's what I've wanted to do for a while," she told MTV News on Tuesday (May 31), mentioning such icons as Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Grammy-winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, Duffy and Janelle Monáe as her inspirations.
"All these chicks have a really, really cool, unique sound, and I'm really thankful that this is coming about, because it's the right time for me right now. It's happening, and I have so much throwback that's come along with me, and it seems like it might be a stretch to get there, but especially now with this new wave coming through, with this raw, refreshing good musicality being provided, I have really good feelings and a lot of faith."
Reinhart is already looking ahead to the time after this summer's "Idol" tour, when she hopes to put out some of the funky, R&B/soul style of music she likes to write. "I never wrote anything with the real rock there, so I would like to touch on that," she said, promising that her debut album will be a mix of sultry soul and rock.
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