On the surface at least, Hayley Westenra is every bit the ethereal-voiced cherub the classical-music industry has cast her as. At her age, fellow soprano Katherine Jenkins had just kicked her cocaine habit and Charlotte Church was back on the alcopops after her break-up. Meanwhile at 24, Hayley is battling a high heels habit, is addicted to Coronation Street and confesses that the previous evening she had a wild night out with Il Divo. Wild night?
How an unflattering picture sent Hayley Westenra on a mission to self-destruct
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Singer Hayley Westenra is a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, although her family background is Irish; Westenra 's father is a gemologist and her mother a photographer. At about the age of four, Westenra was cast as the lead in a local grade school Christmas play; afterward, the teacher took Westenra 's parents aside and informed them that their daughter had perfect pitch. Westenra would spend the balance of her single-digit years performing in musicals such as Annie and kid's parts in opera productions; however, when she was 11 she took up busking in shopping malls to earn extra change. Her first two New Zealand-made albums both went platinum, and this caught the attention of Universal New Zealand's corporate parent Decca in the U. It issued Westenra 's third album, Pure , in when she was still only 14; in New Zealand, it became the biggest-selling album ever, going platinum 12 times, and in the U. At 19, Westenra was one of the most popular singers in the English-speaking world, excepting the United States, and had already sold more than three million records. Her albums are usually a mixture of opera arias, hymns, pop songs, tunes from musical shows and traditional Maori, Australian, and Irish songs and whatnot, but it is not the material that her fans are interested in so much as her voice -- pure, light, and clear with no vibrato, yet well-pitched.
Hayley Westenra: classical music's fallen star
Until recently Hayley Westenra was known as a rather demure singer with a sweetheart face. Ever since she was propelled into the limelight at the age of 16, notching up the fastest-selling debut classical album of all time, Westenra has projected something of an old-fashioned image. She took on charity work, she smiled sweetly and she seemed just like her album title: Pure. Like Charlotte Church before her, Westenra had the voice of an angel, but, unlike Ms Church, had a private life to match.
I am 51 and have travelled a little and dated women from all over the world Some stunning some just ok. Most of the women were professional solicitors, doctors, scientist…but I could take or leave no matter how good looking they were or what they had to offer. Beautiful, smart, sincere, rings me every day and without doubt genuine.