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Hayley Westenra

Singer Hayley Westenra is a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, although her family background is Irish; Westenra's father is a gemologist and her mother a photographer. At about the age of four, Westenra was cast as the lead in a local grade school Christmas play; afterward, the teacher took Westenra's parents aside and informed them that their daughter had perfect pitch. Westenra would spend the balance of her single-digit years performing in musicals such as Annie and kid's parts in opera productions; however, when she was 11 she took up busking in shopping malls to earn extra change. Westenra had the presence of mind to bring along some home-burned CDs of her singing and the demand for them was so great that a family friend kicked in $5,000 in order to have a proper CD made for her to offer. One of these reached the offices of Universal Music in Christchurch, which won Westenra a contract with Universal in New Zealand. Her first two New Zealand-made albums both went platinum, and this caught the attention of Universal New Zealand's corporate parent Decca in the U.K. It issued Westenra's third album, Pure, in 2002 when she was still only 14; in New Zealand, it became the biggest-selling album ever, going platinum 12 times, and in the U.K. it went gold in one week -- since then it has gone double platinum there. At 19, Westenra was one of the most popular singers in the English-speaking world, excepting the United States, and had already sold more than three million records. Her albums are usually a mixture of opera arias, hymns, pop songs, tunes from musical shows and traditional Maori, Australian, and Irish songs and whatnot, but it is not the material that her fans are interested in so much as her voice -- pure, light, and clear with no vibrato, yet well-pitched. She has recorded duets with established classical singers such as Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, and José Carreras, and has performed widely in symphony orchestra concerts and on a touring bill with the popular traditional group Celtic Woman. Westenra has not entirely wasted her largesse on frivolities, as she is the youngest-ever ambassador to UNICEF and has been on at least two relief missions to Ghana. Westenra has resettled in London, but remains the official mascot to New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team, and routinely sings New Zealand's national anthem at their matches when they are held in England.
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Hayley Westenra

Top Songs by
Hayley Westenra

  1.   Song
  2.   Csardas - Gypsy Dance
  3.   Scarborough Fair
  4.   Pokarekare Ana
  5.   World In Union
  6.   Metti una Sera a Cena~Metti una Sera a Cena
  7.   Here's to You
  8.   Both Sides Now
  9.   Benedictus by Metro Voices
  10.   Beat of Your Heart
  11.   Dark Waltz
  12.   Once Upon a Time in the West~Once Upon a Time in the West
  13.   Never Saw Blue
  14.   May It Be
  15.   Prayer
  16.   God Defend New Zealand (National Anthem, New Zealand)
  17.   Ave Maria
  18.   In Trutina
  19.   La Califfa~La Califfa
  20.   She Moved through the Fair, folk song
  21.   Summer Rain, song
  22.   Per Natale (L'Esprit de Noël)
  23.   My Heart Belongs To You
  24.   Dell'amore non si sa
  25.   Stay Awake
  26.   Never Say Goodbye
  27.   Danny Boy
  28.   Across the Universe of Time
  29.   Twinkle Twinkle
  30.   Pretty Little Horses
  31.   Finlandia, Op. 26~
  32.   Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18~2. Adagio sostenuto
  33.   Pavane pour une infante défunte
  34.   Porgy & Bess~Act 1. Summertime
  35.   Lullaby
  36.   Bolero~
  37.   Don't Stand On My Grave and Weep, song
  38.   Once Upon a Time in America~I Knew I Loved You (Deborah's Theme)
  39.   Malena~Malena
  40.   Lezione di Musica
  41.   Gabriel's Oboe (Whispers in a Dream)
  42.   Peace Shall Come
  43.   Corpus Christi Carol
  44.   Christmas Morning
  45.   All With You
  46.   Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)
  47.   The Last Rose of Summer, folk song
  48.   Melancholy Interlude
  49.   Let Me Lie
  50.   The Water Is Wide
  51.   Who Painted The Moon Black
  52.   River of Dreams
  53.   Hine E Hine
  54.   Amazing Grace
  55.   Heaven
  56.   Wuthering Heights
  57.   Go to Sleep
  58.   Quanta Qualia
  59.   Cinema Paradiso~Would He Even Know Me Now?
  60.   Sleigh Ride
  61.   Summer Fly
  62.   Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, mein Prinzchen")
  63.   Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op. 8/1, RV 269 "La Primavera"~1. Allegro
  64.   One Fine Day
  65.   Baby Mine
  66.   Sonny
  67.   River
  68.   Turandot~Act 3. Nessun dorma!
  69.   Da Quel Sorriso Che Non Ride Piu
  70.   Salut d'amour, Op. 12
  71.   Amália Por Amor
  72.   Rhapsody in Blue~
  73.   Whispering Hope
  74.   What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)
  75.   You Are Water
  76.   Here Beside Me
  77.   The Edge of Love by Ennio Morricone
  78.   Hansel and Gretel~When at Night
  79.   All Through the Night
  80.   The Coventry Carol
  81.   The Bridal Ballad
  82.   The Little Road To Bethlehem
  83.   Shenandoah
  84.   Madama Butterfly~Act 2. Un bel dì vedremo
  85.   Cinema Paradiso~Profumo di limone
  86.   Sleep On
  87.   Little Drummer Boy
  88.   Carol of the Bells by Pavão Quartet
  89.   Winter's Dream
  90.   Goodnight My Angel
  91.   Dream a Little Dream
  92.   I Say Grace
  93.   Abide With Me
  94.   Veni Veni Emmanuel
  95.   Hushabye Mountain