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Fresh off the release of her well-received sophomore LP ‘Better,’ Haley Reinhart stopped by to perform for listeners and chat about the new album, future plans with Casey Abrams and Postmodern Jukebox plus how she landed a gig on Bill Burr’s “F Is For Family.”
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Haley Reinhart has traveled an interesting path from “American Idol” finalist to independent solo artist. The Chicago-born songstress signed a deal with Interscope after her top 3 “Idol” finish and recorded her debut album “Listen Up!” That would be her only release under the label. Reinhart eventually joined fellow season 10 alum Casey Abrams in Postmodern Jukebox before stumbling upon the next chapter of her career, all thanks to a gum commercial.

“Wrigley and Extra Gum kind of sought me out and had me record the song kind of overnight and it worked out,” Reinhart explained of her new single, a cover of the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” “It worked out, they put out the commercial, it blew up and now it’s being played on the radio.”
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For the most part, Reinhart seems to be enjoying the ride.

“I’d rather things take their own course and their own time to completely fall in to the right place,” she said. “I don’t like anything to be forced. So thankfully in this instance and in a lot of other cases, it’s overnight and you don’t expect it, and those are the greatest gifts.”

Reinhart’s gift to her fans will be the sophomore album “Better,” due out in April.

“I actually had to hold back putting out the album because of all the buzz that’s happened around this single,” she revealed. “It’s been a labor of love for about three years or so now.”

But Reinhart isn’t complaining. After all, there are some things you can’t predict and others you simply shouldn’t force.

“American Idol” finalist Casey Abrams recently revealed on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that he is feeling no symptoms of his ulcerative colitis after receiving an infusion of remedies in New York City.

“All the remedies are kicking in,” said Abrams. “I’ve been completely normal.”

Abrams revelation is great news, especially if you’ve followed the jazz singer’s progression throughout the competition. There was a point when it was rumored that Abrams condition would force him to drop out of “Idol.” But the artist made it to the tour with the finalists, and he’s joining forces with Janssen Biotech and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America to bring more awareness to the issue with a new website, IDBIcons.com.

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“People can send in their stories of they got passed ulcerative colitis, which I have,” he explained. “I just happen to be on a TV show and have it. There’s people out there that have way more interesting and inspiring stories.”

Don’t allow Abrams’ modesty though to downgrade his story: the singer overcame the disorder while competing on the most watched television show in the country. Not only did Abrams compete, but he performed with a uniqueness and style that grabbed the audience’s attention. Ending a performance once by kissing Jennifer Lopez didn’t hurt things either.

“After kissing J-Lo, I turned on the news, and it was me kissing J-Lo, so that was pretty cool,” Abrams recalled. “That gave (me) a perspective.”

Abrams has no formal projects in the works, but did mention that he’s helping Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, and Haley Reinhart write new material.

So I’m sitting in the studio, watching “American Idol” – and I see the bottom two are Casey Abrams and Stefano Langone. Immediately I tweet this

Then, Abrams is eliminated and handed a mic to sing for what could be his last time. I knew something was up here

So… we’ll just call it a wash? Follow me on Twitter.