Additionally in 2004, she began her world tour of New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA and Britain, performing in a stay efficiency in November for Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Prince of Wales, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and President George W. Bush. In her autobiography, she remembered feeling further nervous in an audition the place she sight be taught to Andrew Lloyd Webber an unreleased piece that he had written.
Westenra was the 2004 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards winner of “Highest Promoting New Zealand Album” and “Worldwide Achievement Award.” On 20 February 2004, Prime Minister Helen Clark awarded her for being the first New Zealand artist to acquire the tenfold platinum standing inside the New Zealand market, the place she held the first artist place for 18 weeks. She has acquired two Japanese Grammies for her work (Track of the 12 months, “Superb Grace” and Album of the 12 months, Pure). Her mannequin of Superb Grace was used as a result of the theme music for the favored Japanese drama, Shiroi Kyotō (The White Tower). Hayley met the cast of the sequence all through a promotional tour of Japan in October 2003.
Westenra attracted worldwide consideration when she signed with Decca Data and recorded Pure, a CD of classical, light pop, and standard Māori songs. Pure grew to turn into the fastest-selling worldwide debut album inside the historic previous of the UK classical chart, with 19,068 copies purchased in its first week alone, shortly reached No. 1 on the British charts, and entered the UK Album Chart at #8. Over two million copies of Pure have been supplied up to now. In New Zealand, Pure has been licensed 12 events platinum, making her the best-selling artist, regardless of model, inside the nation’s historic previous. In 2004 Westenra recorded the end-title music for the Disney movie Mulan II. They moreover featured her inside the nationwide Radio Disney music coaching tour for middle-school school college students. Later that yr, she was featured inside the music “Bridal Ballad” recorded for the movie The Service provider of Venice.
At 12, Westenra entered an knowledgeable recording studio to doc Strolling inside the Air, a demo album initially created for household and mates, with 70 copies made; they rapidly made 1000 further copies, and attracted consideration from a journalist with Canterbury Tv, requested Westenra to look on air. Grey Bartlett, the director of a stay efficiency promotion agency, seen the current and shortly after, she was provided a recording address Common Data New Zealand. On that label, Westenra, who inside the meantime was attending Burnside Excessive Faculty, launched a self-titled album of current tunes and lightweight classical songs, along with My Present to You, a CD of Christmas music. Following the success of her albums, she was provided and later acquired lessons from Malvina Main.
She began appearing at age six inside the Christmas play at her school, Fendalton Open Air Faculty. After the current, a coach said she was “pitch good” and impressed Hayley to be taught to play a musical instrument; rapidly after she found to be taught music and play the violin, piano, guitar, and recorder. She then began voice lessons and located a passion for musical theatre. By age 11, she had carried out larger than 40 events on stage, nonetheless was often given male parts. Westenra attended Cobham Intermediate Faculty in 1998 and 1999, the place a performing arts developing was later named in her honour.
Hayley was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her mom and father, Gerald and Jill Westenra, have two totally different children, Sophie and Isaac. Sophie is an academic and teaches regulation at Oxford. Hayley’s grandmother Shirley Eire was a singer, and her grandfather was a pianist who moreover carried out the piano accordion. She has Irish, Dutch and English heritage.
Westenra has sung in English, Māori, Irish, Welsh, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Latin, Japanese, Normal Mandarin Chinese language, Catalan, and Taiwanese Hokkien.
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Hayley Dee Westenra (born 10 April 1987) is a New Zealand classical crossover singer and songwriter. Her first internationally launched album, Pure, reached major on the UK classical charts in 2003 and has supplied larger than two million copies worldwide, making it one in every of many quickest selling albums in her nation’s historic previous.