We had a wonderful time with Haley Johnsen as she talked about what happiness means to her, what she wants her music to be, and as she played a couple of her favorite songs. You may remember Haley from season 11 of American Idol.
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Haley Johnsen is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Beaverton, Oregon. She is a 2011 graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in music. Throughout her college years she was involved in many different music groups including the OSU Chamber Choir and the OSU Women’s A Cappella group. Haley was also a top 24 semifinalist of American Idol season 11. She began writing music and taught herself guitar around the age of 20, and continues to pursue her love for music. This summer Haley was part of a Military Idol tour consisting of American Idol contestants from this season and last season, where she performed at bases around the world for the military and their families. Her musical influences range from Brandi Carlile, to Florence and the Machine, Eva Cassidy, Adele, and Sia. Haley is currently in the process of making her first solo album and performing around the Portland metro area with hopes of gaining further success in her musical endeavors.