I am a huge fan of Hayley Westenra. I think she's one of the best singers in the world. If you're a fan, too, let's discuss her here. If
you're not familiar with her, then please read on!
Hayley is from New Zealand, but now records in London. She was named the best-selling classical artist of the 21st century in 2007. Her first international album, "Pure" made her the fastest-selling debut classical artist in history. It went straight to No. 1 in the classical UK charts, and No. 8 in the pop album charts. "Odyssey" and "Treasure/Celtic Treasure" are wonderful, too. Her greatest hits album, "River of Dreams", will be coming out on Oct. 27th. It has songs from all 3 albums, plus 3 new songs!
Check it out here: www.hayleywestenra.com/riverofdreams
Check out this gorgeous clip of "Songbird": http://del.interoute.com/...a623e&delivery=stream
I love Hayley because she has such a beautiful, pure voice, and sings and writes such beautiful songs. Her own songs are her best, in my opinion. She puts emotion into her songs that make them that much more beautiful, especially more recently. I admire her as a person, too; she's a great role model. She loves sharing her gift of music with the world and, just like Josh, she never does anything that gets her in the tabloids. She's the youngest ambassador for UNICEF. She was just recently in Ghana for the 2nd time for her Bikes for Ghana campaign, which helps girls get an education by making it easier and safer to get to school. She's also involved in a project to prevent the spread of Guinea worm, caused by unsanitary water. She even sang a Maori lullaby to a little Ghanian girl suffering from the parasite; it's so sweet. Watch here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cTDPU1DpZh8
Find out more about Hayley here:
Official forum: http://hayleywestenra.forums.umusic.co.uk/
HWInternational forum: http://hwi.proboards20.com/index.cgi