Her debut album Listen Up! hits stores today— you can order it now here— and is a solid step into solo stardom with its mix of infectious, summer-ready tunes, soulful melodies, and artistic riffs.
“It’s sultry and stretches between several different genres,” Reinhart, 21, told Parade.com.
“It’s R&B, funk, and rock. It’s real-life experiences and I wanted to take people on a journey.”
On being hands-on.
“I wanted to create an album that I was a part of and could define me as the artist I’ve always wanted to be. I want people to be able to relate to it. I want it to have me written all over it. I was really lucky enough and adamant about the writing process. I recorded a song on the tour and the rest of the songs I jumped into the writing process and co-wrote the rest of them. I am attached to all of the songs and there is one I even have my dad playing guitar on. It’s called ‘Keep Coming Back.’
How her Idol experience helped.
“It prepped me for just about everything. We were really, really lucky. On our season, we got to record with big-time Interscope producers. Week to week, doing these professional tracks, that was the best experience ever.”
Her career inspiration.
“I look up to Paul McCartney and I am a big Beatles fan. I grew up with their music in my head since day one. I always look to them as great role models.”
“There is one power ballad on the album called ‘Undone.’ I even surprised myself. I don’t do those things that much so it was different for me. I think people will be shocked, in a good way, by a song called ‘Oh My.’ That one has B.o.B. on it.”
Her advice to current Idol contestants.
“I hope they utilize the show and take it for everything it is worth. For me, it helped me discover what direction I wanted to go in. It helped me define it even more. Take all that experience and keep everything in mind because it will help for the rest of your life.”