QUOTH KEITH (RE: THE ARTICLE) "THEY KNOW NOT WHAT
find a few factual errors in this "article".
I guess it doesn't pay to believe all you read in the
may be performing at prestigious music events around
the world and hanging out with the likes of Sting and
Andrea Bocelli, but Hayley Westenra is still a typical
A room at the Hilton isnít typical accommodation for
a 16 year-old, but one look at the unmade bed and clothes
spilling out from a suitcase onto the floor show sheís
turned it into a home away from home...
Looking very different from her latest round of press
shots (she now has light brown permed hair) Hayley spoke
to nzgirl about touring, shopping and her new album
Youíre living the high lifeÖare
you comfortable in these sorts of surroundings yet?
I still havenít gotten used to it. I had this other
room that had this massive balcony and I was like, ďI
donít need this balconyĒ. I donít even really need this
big a room! Itís a bit weird because Iím just 16 and
Iíd be quite happy with just a pokey little room.
Whatís a typical day for you?
Recently Iíve been having to get up really early like
6.30am, and go to do some breakfast interviews for radio
or TV. Then Iíll have about half an hour for lunchÖitís
not too bad. I have little breaks and itís not too hectic.
Iíll probably finish around 5 or 6. But each day is
Iím going to try and go to the gym as often as possible.
I think its good to have some sort of exercise and Iím
sure it will be beneficial to my singing. It goes along
with eating well and getting enough sleep, so Iím going
to try to do that every dayÖmaybe. I try to get to bed
as early as possible, but I usually get to bed about
Pure is a mix of classical,
modern and cover songs, what artists do you listen to
Usually Iíll listen to pop music. I like a mixture really,
and the record company sends me compilations of 50 Cent,
Daniel Bedingfield, Delta Goodrem and a few others.
I really like Vanessa Carlton, Counting Crowes, EnriqueÖ
Have you met many of the people
you listen to?
I was able to meet Sting at the Classical Brit Awards,
but up until now Iíve been meeting the classical musicians.
I was able to meet Andrea Bocelli at the Classical Brit
Awards. I donít know why, but his album was the first
one I ever bought when I was 11. Heís really nice Ė
he said, ďWhere are you from?Ē and said, ďOh, youíve
got the voice of an angelĒ. I got a photo with them
and I met a few other famous opera singersÖand Vanessa
Mae, the violinist.
If you could do a collaboration,
who would you choose?
Iíd probably choose Enrique! Donít know how likely that
would be, but it would be pretty cool.
Youíre 16 now; do you get sick
of still being referred to as an angel or delicate?
Not really. I should be quite grateful that it isnít
anything bad. Iím lucky theyíre not saying terrible
voice, and horrible personalityÖ
What are your expectations
for the album, considering itís your first international
Itís hard because everyone else has expectations that
itís going to do really well, so Iím a little bit nervous
as to how it will go. I havenít though, ďOkay, Iíll
be happy if I sell this many recordsĒ. Iím just going
to see how it goes and do my best at promoting it. Iím
releasing overseas as well this time so it will be quite
interesting to see how it goes in different countries.
*Hayleyís first album, ďVoice
of an AngelĒ was only released in New Zealand.
[ED: YOU CAN'T MISS THIS ERROR!!]
What do you miss about being
a normal teenager?
I guess I just miss being away from my friends and not
having as much time to do things like going to the movies
and parties. Ideally Iíd like to have some more time
to do those things butÖcanít really complain! Iím lucky
to be able to do what Iím doing.
Iíve been in London for about 4 months this year. I
actually went to school for about 3 weeks when I came
back here, just to see my friends again. I was really
weird actually. I got back and I was expecting everyone
to be going to parties and hanging out every night and
it was actually quite boring. I thought, ďThereís nothing
much happening hereÖĒ It hit me then that what Iím doing
is actually quite exciting. Iím going to be away until
February next year now, possibly even later than that.
Next Iím going to Australia to release my album, then
to Asia, then the UK.
Youíre still only just starting
out, but whatís the most memorable moment of your career
been so far?
My performances around New Zealand have been really
great and the people Iíve worked with have been truly
friendly and nice, and overseas itís been all these
prestigious places and events like the Classical Brit
Awards. They had this red carpet that you walked up
on your way into the venue and I arrived in a limousine
and they had organised a big Maori welcome. There was
this welcome as I walked up the carpet and there were
all these photographers lined up taking pictures and
say[ing], ďHayley, look over hereĒ. That was memorable
because Iíd never done anything like that before.
Whatís the best thing about
Theyíre just really easygoing and really relaxedÖwell
most guys are anyway. I didnít get to mix with many
UK guys while I was over there, but I think NZ guys
are pretty good.
Whatís the most annoying thing?
I think possibly they just donít understand how girls
want time to get ready Ė just the girly things. They
probably allow 15 minutes to get ready and they expect
that from us too. I donít spend a lot of time getting
ready and Iíll leave things to the last minute so Iím
Whatís the biggest rebound
She should start afresh and although itís hard getting
on with it, she should just spend some time with her
girlfriends rather than getting too hung up on it.
Whatís the most extravagant
thing youíve ever bought yourself?
I bought a pair of jeans in LondonÖIím not a big label
person, but thereís a shop called Miss Sixty (http://www.misssixty.com)
thatís got lots of cool, funky stuff.
*Gets up and pulls jeans out of
Itís hard because youíre expected to have all these
different outfits, but then youíre expected to travel
round with a suitcase. When I go overseas I have two
because of the different seasons.
Do you do a lot of shopping?
We do a little bit but itís hard because youíve only
got a little bit of room in your suitcase. When we first
went to London we thought it was too expensive and didnít
buy anything, but then we started to see lots of cheap
stuff. We were just buying lots of cheap things and
then we figured that we were better off saving and buying
some really nice items.
How do you think success has
It can be hard when youíre mixing with adults all the
time. Iíve probably grown in confidence a lot and Iím
more comfortable talking to adults than perhaps some
of my peers would be. It hasnít really changed me Ė
I can still relate to people my own age, but I can also
talk freely to adults.
Whatís the most common questions
you get asked?
Do you have a boyfriend? Thatís second down from anything
related to Charlotte Church. They always ask me about
school too. I go when Iím in Christchurch, but Iíve
got a tutor whoís based in London. Itís hard because
I know I should have a back-up. In some ways I know
I should be spending a bit more time on it, but in others
I donít want it to get in the way of what Iím doing.
You canít spread yourself out too thinly. When youíve
got a spare half hour sometimes its nice to be able
to lie down for half an hour and do some recharging
as opposed to wearing yourself out worrying about school
would you do if you had to stop?
To be honest I havenít given it that much thought, but
Iíd probably have to do something involving music. I
donít know if Iíd teachÖ Iím learning French and German
at school and thatís quite cool, so I might find a job
that includes those two skills. I hope I donít need
Hayleyís second album, ďPureĒ
is in stores now. [ED:
"SECOND ALBUM" ... REALLY?]
to Keith S for locating this article, and to Gareth
K and Belinda H for Hayley's first album picture below.
set the record straight...
Jacket of Hayley's very first album
"Walking in the Air"
News Menu 2003