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Hayley Westenra

Born in 1987, Hayley Westenra hails from New Zealand. Classically trained as both a singer and a dancer, she is a former member of the New Zealand Royal Ballet. Westenra's voice is an operatic instrument and she has performed with the New Zealand Opera and Orchestra. She made her recording debut at the age of 14 with a self-titled collection that took her country by storm. Universal International then released Pure, an eclectic and very engaging set of pop, classical, and sacred songs, which exploded all over the globe. Westenra's voice is unusually suited to popular music because, unlike other classical singers, she doesn't resort to using vibrato technique. Instead, her delivery is extremely clean and full, hitting notes effortlessly and letting them draw out naturally.

While critics have unfortunately compared her to Charlotte Church, Westenra's interpretive gifts lie in the same terrain as singers such as Kate Bush on one side (whose "Wuthering Heights" was Pure's first single) and Barbra Streisand on the other. After the runaway success of Pure, Westenra and her family moved to London, and she began nearly nonstop world touring in support of her album. She has performed at the British Classical Awards, guaranteeing her success in the U.K. Pure was issued in the United States in April 2004, and the music video for "Wuthering Heights" has garnered considerable play on VH1, underscoring well-received performances in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In June 2004, Universal issued My Gift to You, a collection of Christmas and seasonal songs.

Westenra's second international album, Odyssey, was released in September 2005 and featured folk ballads as well as a wide selection of more pop-oriented compositions. Treasure, a personal collection of Irish and Maori folk songs, arrived in 2007, followed by the compilation River of Dreams: The Very Best of Hayley Westenra in 2008. The holiday-themed album Winter Magic appeared in 2009. Westenra returned in 2011 with her fifth international studio album, Paradiso. Working in collaboration with Ennio Morricone, the album featured songs especially written by Morricone for Westenra. Her sixth studio album, Hushabye -- a collection of classic children's lullabies -- was released in 2013. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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greysand21
I discovered Hayley watching PBS celtic woman. Her beatiful femininity and superior vocals were captivating I am now a livelong fan of hers!
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If you took the epitome of womanhood and asked her to sing I believe that you would hear Hayley Westenra. Pure perfection!
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Love love this beautiful song
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Please take this with love Hayley. Throw down more fermata on the cadence of The Last Rose of Summer and you will be perfect. You're amazing! May the Triple Goddess richly bless you
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Pure in every way
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Is there a voice as clear as Haley's?? This composition is perfect for her.
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Beautiful and soothing instrument!
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missyjones26 6
absolutely beautiful voice!
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amazing music...Thin k I need to buy all her albums!!!!
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runinghope
I love her when I try to sleep
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Haley is beautiful in both appearance and in voice! Amazing songs!
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kirkmyers02
Another wonderful voice that I find very comforting and relaxing as I write.
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I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. - Wm. Wordsworth, 'Twilight of Cosmic Consciousnes s . . . '
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beautiful:)
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hadashah
love this!!!
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rmlangeberg
Beautiful song
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Wow!!!!! Such a lovely voice!!!! Wish I could sing like her!
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disorientedp e r s o n
Wow...that's a beautiful voice
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milling2003
Beautiful voice. I love listening to her.
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What an angelic voice. So, peaceful.
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Lovely
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Passion is heard in her voice as she sings
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Angelic! Such passion is hear in her music, She feels what she sings.
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onofre1965
Angelic voice. My favorite !!'
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Beautiful
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bryanamyj
Such a beautiful voice. I love it because it reminds me so much of Arwen and LOTR
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Such a blessing to listen to!
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Its a great goodnight, sweet dreams, sleep with the angels song as well.
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May It Be: I love this song. I used to sing this song. Beautiful, beautiful song, it is a prayer for a traveler. Nice.
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Someone has a crush on her, obviously. ;)
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Oh, Hayley... 'My Heart Belongs To You' When you're listening to singing, go for instruments. Go for high quality. You are the beauty in this world, Hayley. You are one of the great voices of the era, or all time. I am overcome.
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s.beal9708
I find it interesting that there is not one mention of her being with the group Celtic Woman. Her lovely voice with the other Celtic Woman was pure magic
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ENCHANTING-- - like you are watching Lord of the Rings--
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Had not heard her voice before. Thank You! It's awesome! I will be looking for her albums.
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mrzaire
You've got songs that open my heart with joy when her it any time.
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morningglori a 1 2 0 8
Thank you Pandora for introducing me to Hayley Westenra. I love her voice!
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deliathom
The first time I heard one of her songs, I was immediately intrigued by the effortless flow of amazing range and pitch. Just beautiful and amazing!
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For Sister Rayven ... Ave Maria
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He voice sounds like a tall glass of ice water in the middle of a desert. Ahhhh.
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What a voice.
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Song Fer Rayven , Tauriel & Prevencie . Peace&Pray
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zordeljewel
She sings May it Be beautifully but I still think that Enya sings it better what does everyone else think?
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billsalama
Why say unfortunatel y compared to Charlotte Church . I love Charlotte . They are both great singers .
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I am not so sure I would compare her to Streisand. Her voice is more like Sarah Brightman's. Pure and innocent sounding. Just Beautiful!
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Love this artist. There is something pure and awe inspiring in the way she sings.
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Pure indeed
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I just heard her sing for my first time. She has alot of talent Haley Westenra. & l'll have to follow her.
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If faeries were real, this is what they'd sound like. I'm part Scottish so I believe in them. :)
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She outshines most all the others with her sunny voice,she brings the moonlight to a night that is only under dark clouds of sadness,she creates a wind chiming through the nights dirges
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