Hayley Westenra - Pictures, Videos, Biography, News

Hayley Westenra
Hayley Westenra
  • Name: Hayley Westenra
  • Birth name: Hayley Dee Westenra
  • Birth Date: April 10, 1987
  • Birth Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Parents: Jill and Gerald Westenra
  • Siblings: younger sister, Sophie & a younger brother, Isaac
  • Height: 5'5" (1.67 m)
  • Hobbies: Violin, Piano, Rock Climbing, X-country running
  • Occupation: Singer
  • Genres: Classical, Pop, Celtic
  • Debut Album: Hayley Westenra (2001)
  • Website: HayleyWestenra.com

"I get a lot of pleasure and satisfaction out of giving pleasure to people through my singing; that's fantastic, but it's only entertainment."

Hayley Westenra Biography

Hayley Westenra was born on April 10, 1987, in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is the daughter of Jill and Gerald Westenra and has two siblings, Isaac and Sophie. She comes from a musically inclined family - her grandmother Shirley Ireland was a singer and her grandfather was a pianist who played the piano accordion.

Hayley began her musical career at the early age of six when she starred in her school's Christmas play called "The Littlest Star" and impressed audiences with her singing part. After taking music lessons, she performed in more than 40 stage productions by the time she was 11. She made her professional recording studio debut at age 13 with Walking in the Air, an independently produced demo made for family and friends. At the age of 14 she made a self-titled collection, Hayley Westenra (2001), that took her country by storm.

Although her albums were quite successful in New Zealand, she was unknown worldwide until she landed a contract with Decca Records and recorded Pure, a CD of classical, light pop and traditional Maori songs. She achieved international stardom at age sixteen and her international debut album Pure became No. 1 classical hit in such countries as the UK, Australia and Hong Kong. Poised, angelic and characterised by its breath-taking natural beauty, Hayley's voice won the hearts of millions.

Treasure, Westenra's new international album, was launched in the UK on February 26, 2007, and in the US on March 13 (under the name Celtic Treasure).

Hayley's amazing voice has ensured her a place within the pantheon of great singers, and her drive and determination is virtually impossible to ignore. With several hit albums and hundreds of concert appearances behind her, Hayley has established herself as a natural successor to such talented soloists as Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.

Hayley Westenra is also the youngest UNICEF Ambassador to date and has been lauded for her charitable contributions to the world. She is undoubtedly an ideal role model for the millions of little girls that look up to her.

Pictures

Hayley Westenra pic
Hayley Westenra pic

Discography

  • 2000: Walking in the Air
  • 2001: Hayley Westenra
  • 2001: My Gift to You
  • 2003: Pure
  • 2005: Odyssey
  • 2005: Live From New Zealand
  • 2007: Celtic Woman: A New Journey
  • 2007: Treasure

More Photos

Heaven

Beat of Your Heart

Ave Maria

Comments 25 comments

Newsletters 8 years ago

Wow those pictures are really amazing. Im a huge fan!


Frans 8 years ago

Hayley is really a great singer, perhaps one of the greatests of today. On the DVD Live at Slane Castle, by Celtic Woman; she gives a breathtaking peformance of Handels aria Lascia Ch'io Pianga from Renaldo. I'm not easy impressed, but by this rendition, I was really floored. Hayley, a wish from the bottom of my heart, please make soon another DVD.


juan 7 years ago

beautifull voice ;God blessing


serguei safarov,  7 years ago

best of the best hayley westenra


David_fp@yahoo.com 7 years ago

I have seen you on PBS-tv to time one on the 4th of July and with Celtic women.

And you sing real good and i hopeing that you come to San Francisco or San Jose with

Orla Fallon and you on solo tour. Good bye now and i love you both.


Jorge 7 years ago

The best voice never listened, thanks Hayley.

Your eyes reflect the kindness of your soul

Jorge from Barcelona / Spain


Daniel Robins 6 years ago

I'd like to take her out in my Audi and listen to Eric Clapton Unplugged!


Carl Bavines 6 years ago

I wish i could beat Daniels proposal but i only own a Ford Fiesta, But my heart be still my love for I am Carl Bavines, your on true love!


John Wisehart 6 years ago

Haley, You are so beautiful and talented. I watched a Christmas special movie on TV and a young woman that reminded me of you caused me to ask you to make movies and I can enjoy your beauty,charm and lovely voice. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE !!!!!

A loving fan


Jack 6 years ago

Hayley - I somehow stumbled on your version of "Both Sides Now". It was absolutely beautiful. I also have watched several of your videos, and just watched, "Ave Maria", and "Heaven". Made me start thinking, Do you have any spiritual beliefs? When Christ walked this earth, He said that He is the only way to heaven. "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me." He also said that those who come to know Him will be given brand new life, right here on earth - right now: "I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly. God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." He promises to save us from our sin and promise us heaven: "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.'

John 14:6 John 10:10, John 3:3, Romans 10:9

I picture you understanding one day, just what He did for you when he died on the cross for you....

He loves you, Hayley!

JCL


Erin 6 years ago

She is so beautifu, nice, and voice like an angel. We make stars out of people who have so little talent---why is that? This girl is beyond description.


Erin 6 years ago

Oh my gosh I love her music!!!!!!! It's on my old video game and her voice is so perfect fit for the ocean. :)


Dave Sullivan 6 years ago

Thank you for bringing so much joy to so many. Never change your style - lovely


loma 6 years ago

you are so pretty

your voice amazing

good luck =)


MICHAEL 6 years ago

THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL.

A GOD GIVEN TALENT. I HOPE SHE HAS A LONG A HAPPY FUTURE.

WARMLY,

MICHAEL


s.t. lou  6 years ago

HALEY your angelic voice, love, spirit and gentleness come through in each song you sing, you elevate us all with your perfection and grace. This is what this world needs now, we have too many "dime-a-dozen glamorous celebrities" who don't even measure up to your ankles, maybe Hayley can show them the way to be true beauties to be revered and appreciated. Hayley you lift up spirits and show everyone that there is still HOPE in this world. I thank the Lord for you and your family. Show everyone the way ........ thank you.God Bless You... Lou

PS: I've been to Ghana numerous times they are one of the world's largest producers of Gold, there is no reason for any, ANY, poverty in Ghana...and now they have oil off shore as well and diamonds....there is not one reason for any child to be selling apples or toilet paper or fly swatters on the street corners, or for invalids to be begging...The UN knows this...and they continue to advance the illusion that they care...I lost count how many so called Diplomats are nothing more than facilitators of corporate deals and tribal greed.....boy they really like celebrities to help them....don't let them take advantage of your good name and pure heart...sadly same goes for most of Africa...one day they will all be held personally accountable as we all will...as Rich intimates above...


John 6 years ago

You are a beautiful young lady & you have a heavenly voice. Please keep singing & bringing joy to every one who is fortunate enough to hear you!


Paul B. 5 years ago

The record store employee who first suggested Hayley's CD "Pure" is owed a debt of gratitude. From the first moment I was captivated by the beauty of her voice and have made a point of purchasing all of her albums. Hayley's time as a member of Celtic Woman was particularly enjoyed. Having Hayley and Chloe Agnew release a CD together would be a blending of the voices of two incredibly talented ladies.


BriGuy 5 years ago

Hmmm...just discovered you singing Amazing Grace. First of all, do you actually read these comments? I love your voice and singing style...truly beautiful. Got you saved on my You Tube "flavorates," cuz you got some flavuh! Really though just in case you didn't know, in case someone hasn't told you, you're pretty good. Do you do weddings?

Your style/voice reminds me a bit of Enya and Sarah Mclachlan, but you mo' better. When I listened to you do Amazing Grace even though I'm a dude, a tear (maybe two our three or more) came to me eyes.

Hey, I was just thinking that if I'm in Christchurch sometime maybe we could get a bite to eat (you like tacos?) then maybe hit a Starbucks and catch a flick or You could just sing and I would be all ears!


盛者无罪 5 years ago

She's so beautiful,especially the eyes.


Cody 5 years ago

Hello Haley,

I'm an aspiring fantasy novelist and I would like to say that your songs are very inspirational when I write. Your live performance of "May it Be" blows Entails out of the water. I'll be sure to mention you and your music in my foreward. Thank You!


Cody 5 years ago

That was supposed to be Enya's. Not Entails. Posting from my phone...


Paul Hayward 4 years ago

I do love you and your singing .You are so buitefull .I was at Peterbough cathedral when you performd there back in november2009 and I must say I didnt` expect to see you in the flesh .It was just magic that it was just not true. I felt that I was in a dream.Love Paul


zhou ding 4 years ago

you are so beautiful!and your voice really raise me up when i am down.

JOE. come from China.


Owen Morrissy-Murphy 3 years ago

Hayley, I have six of your CD's and "Pure" is by far the best, And the msot successful. Other CD's are very good, but too many repeats on each successive CD. To help you to revert to the greatness of "Pure" might I be suggest the following:

NEW CD BY HAYLEY WESTENRA

“SERENDIPITOUS SERENITY”

1) The last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore

2) I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls from the Bohemian Girl by Michael William Balfe.

3) The Lord is my Shepherd by Franz Schubert (The most beautiful version there is)

4) Oro Se do Beatha Bhaile - Old Gaelic/Scottish love song

5) Mo Ghile Mear - from Celtic women.

6) The Windmills of your Mind. By French Composer Michel Legrand

7) Scarborough Fair - Celtic Women

8) Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai - Maori Love song.

9) Pia Jesu, from Andrew Lloyd Webbers “Requiem”

10) Blow the wind southerly - the definitive version by Joan Sutherland, but a Modern version could bring this to a new audience.

11) Believe me if all those Endearing young charms by Thomas Moore

12) The Skye Boat Song - Traditional Scottish song.

13) Panis Angelicus - Duet with Andrea Bocelli

14) Ne Me Quitte pas - French love song by Jaques Brel

15) He kakano ahau (Born of Greatness).

Please excuse my audacity in suggesting the contents of a new CD for you.

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