Thursday, March 17, 2011

American Idol's HALEY REINHART Sings "I'm Your Baby Tonight"

Haley Reinhart, American Idol Season 10's coquettish cutie sings "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston. Idol contestants got to choose any song from their birth year. Haley was born September 9th, 1990, and was humming and singing from a very young age. Haley believes she got her talent from her parents. "I have them to thank for everything. They're amazing performers. I'm doing this for them, totally. Hey, I'm just walking in their footsteps."

Haley struts onto stage, and almost seems to be putting more effort into her 'act' than her singing, which is unfortunate, for when Haley gives it her all, she has a beautiful voice. And I really LOVE that 'growl-y' thing she does! Jennifer Lopez starts off, "When I see you performing up there I hear this amazing voice coming out. I feel that you’re still tense in your body. You're unsure of your movements. Don’t force anything. That’s going to look better than trying to perform." Randy Jackson said, "I'm just a little confused here. I'm just not sure you're sure who you are. You got to find that out and find out what are the songs you're going to perform best. The vocals were ok." Steven Tyler has always loved Haley. He said, "That was sweet and tough. When I first heard you I heard that Janis Joplin thing and I always wait to hear it again. Your voice is so distinct. Dig into the blues a little more."

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is the lead single and title track off Whitney Houston's third studio album of the same name. The song was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface.




The music video of "I'm Your baby Tonight" features an edgier, rougher Houston (much different than she was in videos such as "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody") paying homage to the sounds of black music that have helped define her sound, paying tribute in simulation of the Harlem Renaissance (with Houston as Marlene Dietrich), Motown (most notably The Supremes as Houston uses cloning imagery to create two clones of herself), and Hollywood's Golden Age (with Houston dressed as Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face), finally returning to present day by the video's end.

After having charted ten Top 10 hits (and seven consecutive number ones) on the Billboard Hot 100, Houston continued her chart momentum as "I'm Your Baby Tonight" would become her eleventh Top 10 hit and eighth number one. The song had an impressive debut at number 42 the week of October 20, 1990. Six weeks later, it hit number one, ending Mariah Carey's three-week run at the top with "Love Takes Time". "I'm Your Baby Tonight" spent only one week at number one, being knocked out by Stevie B's "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)". Altogether, the single spent seven weeks in the Top 10, twelve weeks in the Top 20, and fourteen consecutive weeks in the Top 40. It also reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA.

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