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Hayley Westenra

Born in 1987, Hayley Westenra hails from New Zealand. Classically trained as both a singer and a dancer, she is a former member of the New Zealand Royal Ballet. Westenra's voice is an operatic instrument and she has performed with the New Zealand Opera and Orchestra. She made her recording debut at the age of 14 with a self-titled collection that took her country by storm. Universal International then released Pure, an eclectic and very engaging set of pop, classical, and sacred songs, which exploded all over the globe. Westenra's voice is unusually suited to popular music because, unlike other classical singers, she doesn't resort to using vibrato technique. Instead, her delivery is extremely clean and full, hitting notes effortlessly and letting them draw out naturally.

While critics have unfortunately compared her to Charlotte Church, Westenra's interpretive gifts lie in the same terrain as singers such as Kate Bush on one side (whose "Wuthering Heights" was Pure's first single) and Barbra Streisand on the other. After the runaway success of Pure, Westenra and her family moved to London, and she began nearly nonstop world touring in support of her album. She has performed at the British Classical Awards, guaranteeing her success in the U.K. Pure was issued in the United States in April 2004, and the music video for "Wuthering Heights" has garnered considerable play on VH1, underscoring well-received performances in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In June 2004, Universal issued My Gift to You, a collection of Christmas and seasonal songs.

Westenra's second international album, Odyssey, was released in September 2005 and featured folk ballads as well as a wide selection of more pop-oriented compositions. Treasure, a personal collection of Irish and Maori folk songs, arrived in 2007, followed by the compilation River of Dreams: The Very Best of Hayley Westenra in 2008. The holiday-themed album Winter Magic appeared in 2009. Westenra returned in 2011 with her fifth international studio album, Paradiso. Working in collaboration with Ennio Morricone, the album featured songs especially written by Morricone for Westenra. Her sixth studio album, Hushabye -- a collection of classic children's lullabies -- was released in 2013. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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thehornes99
Beautiful voice and appearence!! ! I luv her song May It Be!!!
rpruitt661
Such a sweet, clear voice. Beautiful!
Beautiful voice!!
She reminds me of Annie Haslam of Renaissance
Hayley, more people would listen if only your neckline was higher. Please continue, but do not be rude.
You have a beautiful voice! You're my favorite classical artist! !
Love it
Prayer : Great goodnight, sweet dreams, and sleep with the angels song.
butts
Wonderfully done
This isn't the original version of May It Be, but it is still good.
Holy crap she is beautiful... W O W . Hayley, if you see this, would you marry me?
in the vein of Dame Keri a great NZ ambassador
Hayley is my celtic dream girl. Absolutely beautiful!
jinnette
:)

I love her, she is so amazing!!!!! !

My favorite song is Both Sides
I definitely recommend it!!!
szeml2012
Love this song.I always hear this song at church at worship time.Even people outside church still sing that song.
I love her voice. It's absolutely beautiful and has an almost magical quality to it.
earosen
Yes, she wow's me......
Her voice is magical :)
good do !!!!!
treerizzo
Her voice is smooth and soothing
Such purity of sound. I love her music. :)
her voice soothes my soul
tanuvasacasa
This is the third time someone has posted something like that, twice on Pandora and once on devionart...
Yes they were talking bout you, Alosta4. you are retarded. Why would you post something like that?
bookworm.sl. 2 0 1 3
The Lyrics are incorrect, these are from a different song
Ms. Westenra has an angelic voice- so sweet and so very beautiful. I especially love her high notes! They carry my soul right to heaven. =-O But only for a few moments!!
alosta4
HEY ARE YOU TALKING TO ME !
That person is retarded
alosta4
READ IT NOW BELOW OR YOU DIE IN 5 MINS AND COPY IT INTIRLY WITH OUT A MISTAKE AND YOU SURVIVE AND I AM SERIOUSE
alosta4
I DARE YOU TO READ THIS ARE YOU DIE INDESADJGJUH F V Y H F D C T G D F C Y G U J K F G V G J F C D G T H D K M F V H G Y F Y H J L G B H Y J G F V F H J G V H Y Y F D H F C H J G Y F V H G V H J F C G V H F V G F V Y H F V H G F C G D T G F Y H F G T D T G F G F H D H G D Y G F Y G H V F Y T F D Y F Y D F G F G D T G D G D G D G D G D G D T G D Y D G F G D G T H Y J F G D G H T D F Y T G F D Y H J T D Y D T G G T D T G H D T G H M D Y G D T F F D G F F F Y H F F Y H F G H F Y H G F Y F Y F D O G G G U G U G U G U G K U K J B G U J Y U F V G C G D Y O G FHFHYFYFLFLY V Y F Y H F Y F Y VYFFFLFYLFYY Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y V H L , Y I F V H J L F U V Y H . J I F V H I F J V HLVLHJGUGG;H G U G U G U F Y D F Y F D T F Y F F U Y H F Y T D F T D J U K D F G D D U K K U D D U D D K D D G U K D T U U T K D D D D D D D D D K D D D T D U K D U K D D D D D K D K D D K D U U D T B N M
alosta4
OH GOD I JUST WENT TO THE END OF THE STIPE AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMITING FOR 3 YEARS!
Well said happy51trail s , i am doing just that.
happy51trail s
Her music is Too beautiful for words, just enjoy and be happy.
I believe she was with Celtic Woman for a while. She is amazing and beautiful!
True Operatic-Voi c e . & Celt to boot GreyFox !
I think the finest female voice I have ever heard. Hayley can make me weep. You are a beautiful lady' Ms Westenra!
This lady has a voice beyond this world. Damn, she's amazing... :D
tesfam41
Her voice is so angelic and pitch perfect!!! And the songs she sings are lovely and pure! Keep singing Miss Westenra! :)
neversurrend e r 1 9
I am absolutely in love with Hayley's voice! Thank you Hayley for touching my heart!
Nice voice. The non-reliance on vibrato technique is refreshing.
Wow she has a amazing voice love it
May It Be. I love this song by Enya. I sing this song myself. Such an awesome song
she is an angel
Beautiful Song!!!
Lovely, lovely song and the beautiful voice of Hayley is absolute perfection.
Her voice is so pure and angelic and beautiful! it gives me goosebumps every time i listen to her. :)
"Westenra's voice is an operatic instrument" I've had the Pure album since it came out but I've just heard the Odyssey album in its entirety and it raises the bar. Could she be one of the finest singers in the world today? I'd have to say yes.
Yes so beautiful with voice of an Angel.
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