Hayley Dee Westenra is a popular singer and songwriter who originally hails from New Zealand. This talented musician received an overwhelming success at the tender age of 16 when she released a debut classical album which helped her to enjoy an international stardom. This debut album, entitled as “Pure” easily received the number # 1 rank on UK classical chart list. Plus, it made a record-breaking sale with having an incredible selling record of more than 2 million copies worldwide.
Here to note, this female musician basically covers the easy listening folk & pop style songs; on top of that, she is a multi-linguist. She performs songs in several languages, such as English, M�ori, Irish, French, Portuguese, Latin, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Standard Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese Hokkien, and Catalan etc. If you are interested to know more details about this musician and her music career, then look at the following sections.
A Glimpse of Her Music Career:
This music artist was born & raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. According to her, singing was her passion. Starting from practicing at her home to busking on the busy city streets, Hayley Westenra was always aware of what she truly loved & what she actually wanted to do in her life. That’s why she pursued a music career. Fortunately, her immense hard work and early diligence paid off as she signed her debut international recording contract with a famous label company “Decca Music” in the United Kingdom at an extremely early age of 14 years. Next, she came up with her first release, (in 2003), the fastest-selling debut album – “Pure”.
With the following successive albums, for example, Odyssey (released in 2005), Treasure (released in 2007), the musician proved that her early success was by means no fluke; till date, Hayley Westenra has proudly sold more than 4 million albums worldwide. This particular album, Paradiso (released in 2011), took her music career to a completely new level as she collaborated with Ennio Morricone and Roma Sinfonietta in Rome (a legendary film composer & his Orchestra). Next, her latest studio album, named as “Hushabye”, was produced in June 2013.
The album featured Sleep On – a lullaby which was specially written in order to commemorate and celebrate the royal birth of “Prince George”. Apart from that, Hayley has even performed in several prestigious sporting events, for example, the world games held in Taiwan 2009, the FA Cup Final, and the Mercedes Cup in LA. Plus, it was one of the proudest moments in her career, she sang “the national anthem of New Zealand” at the final of Rugby World Cup that was held in 2011.
Despite having such a busy music career, Hayley also works tirelessly for various charitable causes wherever and whenever she can. Needless to mention, this music artist was the youngest ambassador of UNICEF (she first stepped into this role in the year of 2005). Among the charity works, her special project was for Ghana, where she raised money for the young girl students.
Music Genres Covered:
This famous music star mostly covers the following music genres, for example, Celtic, operatic pop, classical, crossover, new-age, and rock etc.
Awards and Accolades:
She is an internationally-acknowledged music star who have gained significant success in New Zealand.