February Halien of the Month: Brandon
Say hello to Brandon! Brandon is a pop culture and marketing whiz who has been a fan of Haley since her American Idol days. Learn more about this superstar Halien below.
What part of the country/World do you live in?
East Coast (Virginia)
What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
Blogging for my pop culture blog (KB Pop Culture), listening to music, and anything marketing/advertising-related.
What do you do for a living?
I am a student at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.
Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of Haley Reinhart?
It is great to be a part of a fandom that is so close, who all support an artist so unique and innovative like Haley! It has been 7 years since she has been on American Idol and her #OGHaliens have supported her since then, even when there was nothing that seemed to be happening regarding new music (like the four years between Listen Up! and Better). She will continue to make incredible music no matter what style of music she chooses to do next.
Tell us about the first time you saw or heard Haley’s music? Where was it and what do you remember?
The first time I saw/heard Haley’s music was on American Idol! I remember her audition when she sang “Oh, Darling!”, but mostly her performances of “House of the Rising Sun,” “I Who Have Nothing,” and, of course, “Bennie & the Jets.” I remember thinking how incredible and unique and captivating her voice was and how she can command an audience.
How do you show your fandom for Haley?
I have attended both of her headlining tours (sadly only twice), bought multiples copies of her albums, and written about her on my blog that is viewed by people in 17 countries! Whenever I see a Haley Reinhart album in stores, I move it up to the front so everyone can see it! I also made a Kanye West meme featuring Haley that I think of as my “Claim to Halien Fame.” I mentioned the meme when I met her for the first time in Washington D.C. on her Better tour and she remembered it!
Check out the link to the article I wrote about her album “What’s That Sound?” HERE.
What in your mind makes Haley Reinhart stand out from any other artist?
Her voice is definitely unique and special. But, more than that, she has a great relationship with her fans and even as she gains more followers, she has become more active on social media and is constantly liking/responding to tweets and liking photos on Instagram. She is also able to sing any genre of music there is and have it be flawless: R&B, Funk, Pop, Jazz, Blues, etc.
What currently is the most played song in your music library?
“Free” by Haley Reinhart is the most played song in my music library, but “Behave” is a close second!
What’s your favorite song from Haley Reinhart and why?
So hard to choose, but I think I have to choose “Behave.” It is such a unique song and switches up beats and style throughout. Her voice also sounds incredible on it!
What is your favorite album from Haley Reinhart and why?
Better is my favorite album from Haley Reinhart because she had a hand in writing each of those songs and you can tell because they are perfect for her voice and fit her style as an artist. It is perfect to listen to no matter what mood you are in!
Haley frequently collaborates with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox… what’s your favorite cover by the group and Haley so far and why?
Black Hole Sun is my favorite because of her vocal range in the song. Very few artists could flawlessly sing a song with that much range and voice control!
What’s your favorite piece of Haley Reinhart memorabilia?
The Better CD that she signed when I met her on tour in D.C.!
How many times have you seen Haley Reinhart live?
Only 2, sadly. Other East coast Haley fans understand the struggle.
Did you attend any shows on Haley’s 2016 U.S. or 2017 European Tour? If so, which ones?
Yes, I attended her 2016 U.S. tour in Washington D.C.!
Did you attend any of the shows on the What’s That Sound? Tour?
Of course! I brought my friend along to her show at Baltimore Soundstage.
What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a concert?
Haley Reinhart What’s That Sound? Tour – 3 hours from Richmond, VA to Baltimore, MD.
Tell us something about Haley Reinhart that a lot of other fans may not know?
She seems to sometimes get a bad reputation from those who saw her on American Idol, but she is incredibly kind and she really cares about her fans and her music! Another thing is that her song “Beautiful World” with Irvin Mayfield and Kermit Ruffins is an extremely beautiful song and underrated! Definitely one of my Top 5 Haley songs.
Do you stay in touch with other Haliens? Tell us how your mutual fandom has helped you connect with others.
I have met a ton of other Haliens on Twitter and we all interact with other through Twitter pretty often! I also met Kristina at the D.C. show on the Better tour who lives in Norway!
What would you like to see Haley do in her career in 2018? Any requests?
I hope to see Haley put out new music (at least a single or PMJ cover) in 2018! She has been gaining a lot more attention lately and even reached over 2 million listeners on Spotify this month, so I hope she takes advantage of that and puts out some great music!