From Harper to Hollywood

Haley Reinhart Performs

Haley Reinhart Performs (Photo credit: cityyear)

One of Harper’s former students, Haley Reinhart, has made her way to Hollywood on American Idol. When Reinhart was at Harper College, she performed with The Jazz Combo directed under Ken Spurr of Harper’s Music Department.

According to Reinhart’s website, Haley Reinhart “started singing on stage with her parents’ band when she was just 8-years-old. She’s not afraid to admit that American Idol has made her cry tears of joy many times.”

This audition was not Reinhart’s first American Idol audition, she also auditioned last year in Chicago, but was told to come back. Just her luck, she auditioned and made her way to Hollywood.

“You always had the potential, even when we saw you before”, said Randy from American Idol.

Reinhart’s audition received three yes’ from all three judges on American Idol on Jan. 26 during her audition. She sang “Oh Darling” and hit notes that judge, Steve Tyler, had to mimic due to her vocal variety.

Reinhart who lives in Wheeling and went to Wheeling High School performed in her school’s jazz band as well. Here at Harper College, Reinhart performed at last summer’s Student Activities’ outdoor Dinner & Jazz Concert.

Michael Nejman, Student Activities Director, said, “Every summer we do our Dinner and Jazz show and over the last few years Ken Spurr and his jazz quartet perform. This past year we had a singer named Haley Reinhart who was a guest vocalist for the show. Immediately we heard wonderful talent, she really stood out. I thought she did a wonderful job with all the jazz standards she did. And now it is exciting to see that she has stepped up and is involved with the American Idol Show. We hope she goes far because she certainly will represent Harper College.”

Many of Reinhart’s friends who commented on her YouTube page call her signing anywhere from “amazing” to “awesome.”

One of her friends, Marcy, on Reinhart’s YouTube page said, “Haley Reinhart is the next American Idol!”

Students who are interested in watching Reinhart’s singing and her audition can visit her website at Students can also see Reinhart on the upcoming American Idol show when they go to Hollywood.


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