“What Haley Scarnato has is perfectly suited for country music. Her success with a country song gives a glimmer of hope that Scarnato might be Season Six’s break-through artist.” A+E Interactive (Bay & Arts Entertainment)
In 2007, the long-legged Texan beauty Haley Scarnato was suddenly catapulted from a regional favorite to the international stage when she earned a spot in Top 10 – Season 6 American Idol (tens of thousands of singers audition each year for the hit reality show).
“Haley, you have a recording voice.” – Diana Ross
Haley began a performing career in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas as a champion gymnast. By the age of 15, Haley’s Olympic dreams were shattered with the dislocation of both shoulders. Performing however was a passion so all of Haley’s creative energies shifted from the balanced beam to singing lessons.
“My true passion was always singing.” - Haley
Haley began rigorously working her voice and even though she was raised on country music, she studied styles of many great singers including Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Michael Jackson, George Straight, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder and mostly – Celine Dion (her “Canadian Idol” who Haley later had the honor of meeting). Haley developed her musical chops on a local level first by becoming lead singer in Texas Six Flags, Texas Sea World, and the successful regional band – The Oh So Good!
“Once the band kicks in and the music takes you – you just let go.” – Haley
After finishing American Idol, Haley caught the eye of producers and managers in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. She was offered endorsement deals and two different roles on Broadway, a coveted accomplishment for many aspiring performers, but Haley turned them all down.
“I was honored” Haley said, “but that wasn’t where I wanted to take my career.”
A true Texan at heart, Haley made the decision to bring her talent back to Texas where she signed with Talent House Entertainment.
Haley – nicknamed “Legs” on American Idol was often teased by Simon and international press about her “gifted appendages!” which the hit TV show “Extra” highlighted in their American Idol feature. Other national TV appearances included: Regis & Kelly, Jay Leno, Access Hollywood, Mike & Juliet, Ellen Degeneres. “American Idol always gave me short outfits. That really wasn’t the vibe I wanted to give everybody and it’s definitely not how I wanted to be remembered but I don’t take myself that seriously. At one point in Idol, I considered wearing a choir robe! (laugh) – I can be pretty goofy! But seriously – it’s tough in the business where they want you to use your assets and at the same time – I don’t want to distract from the hard work I’ve done on my voice. - Haley
Haley and her management team (Sands Entertainment) are currently promoting some of her recently recorded country songs which include “Don’t Kiss Me”, “Ashes or Embers”, “Never Even Cried” (all recorded at Curb Studio with top Nashville producer/musicians). Haley also cut a song with Danielle Brisebois – songwriter of hit songs”Unwritten” and “Pocketfull of Sunshine”.