Haley Reinhart is one of many former American Idol contestants that launched her career even without taking the top spot. After competing on the show two years ago, now, in 2013, she made her way back to the Idol finale to chat all about what she’s been up to since coming in third in the 10th season of Idol!

Haley shared with our very own Chelsea Briggs about life after Idol, her world travels and new, edgier new music coming our way!

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Being on a show like American Idol isn’t easy — it takes dedication and passion to get you to the end. But after the show, when her career really kicked off, is when Haley learned that the most.  

“You learn to have this drive and to keep it going because we haven’t stopped,” she explained. “I’ve been traveling now, probably more now than ever, in two years so I’m really lucky but you have to keep that drive.”

With new music on the way, Haley revealed how she “tapped into different waters” this time around. “I’m not putting myself in any one box — I never really have — but this new stuff a little feistier, a little edgier, but a lot of it is inspirational.” We can’t wait to hear it!

Are you excited to hear Haley’s new sound from her upcoming album?