The Pure Classical Voice Of Hayley Westenra

Published: 2004-04-06
At 16 this New Zealand native has accomplished something no other of her countrymen have achieved. Hayley Westenra's album "Pure" went 10 times platinum in her homeland. "Pure", which is being released in North America today (April 6), has already sold over one million records and climbed charts faster than any record in history in New Zealand and the UK.

Hayley first appeared on stage at a school play when she was six years old. True to her nature, she only told her parents that she was in the play "The Littlest Star". As it turned out Hayley had the lead role of the littlest star in the play. Hayley had something else too - perfect pitch. At the suggestion of a teacher Hayley started music lessons. First it was the violin and later the piano and recorder. Hayley's life revolved around music. By the time she was eleven Hayley had been in over 40 performances.

A local TV journalist in her home town of Christchurch saw Hayley performing on a street corner with her brother and sister. A television appearance led to a recording contract which has introduced Hayley Westenra to the world.

Hayley has become an international star very quickly, but she has not let it go to her head. Giles Martin produced "Pure"; upon meeting the producer Hayley asked if she could make him a cup of tea.

As she did with the release of "Pure" in the UK last September, Westenra plans to live and tour in North America for a time. She is presently living in New York City. Tour dates have not yet been released. Check Hayley's website at for updates.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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