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Hayley Westenra

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Hayley Westenra

Hayley Dee Westenra (born April 10, 1987) is a singer from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Pure, her first album on the international market, became the fastest selling debut album in the history of the UK classical charts, beating the previous record of Charlotte Church. It became Number 1 on the UK classical charts and entered the UK Pop Chart at #8.

Pure contains a diverse selection of songs, including renditions of "Who Painted the Moon Black", "Hine e Hine" (a song of the Maori, the natives of New Zealand), "In Trutina", from Orff's Carmina Burana, "Wuthering Heights" (the premiere hit in the long career of Kate Bush), and the perennial spiritual classic "Amazing Grace". Also on the album is Pokarekare Ana, a New Zealand love song which has enduring popularity.

Discography

  • Walking in the Air (2000) (an independently produced "demo")
  • Hayley Westenra (2001)
  • My Gift To You (2001)
  • Pure (2003) (the first release outside of the local Australian and New Zealand markets)

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