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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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sjdarkanik
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
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.
Is there a God. Yes. I believe so. Beautiful voices like this, beauty is everywhere. What kind of a God would expect people to praise him and know that he is there without leaving his calling card in the form of great talent great acts of courage beautiful people and things that we find unexpectedly . Hey, I believe!
Can you get the AMERICAN VERSION OF this
Broadway show?
Now that you've all impressed us with ur silly knowledge of singing, can we just enjoy her music now. Haley's voice is so beautiful, and all of her songs are a favorite in my book.
I think the singing term for vibrato is "vibrata". And, yes, she does have a vibrata-like shiver in her voice. However, vibrata is in fact a consciously used technique. A shiver like hers might not be considered a vibrata by operatic experts.
So beautiful, though....
oceangirl10
Truly beautiful
Awesome version!!!:)
m.i.palmer
I love it
unbelievable - - - m a y b e there is a god after all--wbb
Her voice is sweetness♡♡♡
This freaked me out! This isn't fake.
Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked our.if you break the chain,you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 miniutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Love her voice, but vibrato isn't a technique-it ' s how your voice comes out, and although slight, her voice has a vibrato too.
zatazha
She sounds like an angel.
What an amazing voice she is truly wonderfully uplifting
I Love your voice babe you are soooo kool
misty.alpine c h u r c h
End you comments with a :) if you love Jesus!!! Remember he loves you no matter what you do!!!
heathspires
What an outstanding set of pipes on this young lady, she was blessed with that BEAUTIFUL voice!
This is one of my favorite songs of all time and she sings it better than anybody I've ever heard. She has perhaps the most crystal clear voice of any singer I've ever heard.
kjasperkc
She has a GLORIOUS voice and this is a wonderful song.
Pretty good for a kiwi. I am completely joking. Hayley is sublime and her sound is one of life's pleasures. Listening to her is, for me, an emotional experience. Her talent must be from the divine. It is of the essence of the hope in this world.
peaches.cele s t i a l . j e s s i c a 5 7
Hayley, your voice is lovely. I would buy more and listen more to your music IF you would only dress less sensuously, modestly: high necklines and low hemlines are an improvement. The modern things are not often all that good. I like your pure music and voice, thank you.
resagreenblu e
I luv this song so much
Reminds me of Eyes on Me from FF8.
i wanna marry her
junqme
She sounds like Len Kagamine in this song
Outstanding voice. What talent!!!
I think she is the only one who has a right to sing this song, other than enya of course. her voice is just so good you really can't get mad that its not the original. Plus she is from New Zealand.
Prayer. Beautiful goodnight, sweet dreams, sleep with the angels song.
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