Hayley Westenra
Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra

About Hayley Westenra

Classically trained as both a singer and a dancer, operatic pop vocalist Hayley Westenra 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. ~ Thom Jurek

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • BORN
    April 10, 1987

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