New Zealand Wonder
from New Zealand, a new star is on the rise and
she is only 16 year old! With the ability to
sing in more than 5 different languages, Hayley
Westenra, the new singing sensation proves that
she is not just another pretty face in the music
industry by debuting at No.1 in the New Zealand
album chart, beating out Dido and other big names
in the industry.
more on the classical side, she is often compared
to fellow Welsh singer, Charlotte Church. Hayley
commented that "it's a great compliment to
be able to be ranked together with a great artist
such as (Church)."
her recent visit to Malaysia to promote her new
international album, "Pure", Hayley took
the breath away from the press when she belted out
Pokarekare Ana, a Maori number from her new album,
as she entered the conference hall. With a strong
and powerful voice like hers, it's no wonder why
New Zealand opera diva, Dame Malvina Major, likes
her so much and took the liberty of offering Hayley
the short press conference, Hayley handled herself
with confidence as she braced herself for the Q&A
session with the press.
was it like having Dame Malvina Major as your vocal
It was great. Well, actually, I was performing up
in Auckland and the conductor asked if I had ever
sung with Dame Malvina Major and I told him, "No
I haven't". He told me he'd arrange for it
and he'd call me. A couple of months later, she
phoned up and offered me lessons. So yeah, it has
been really great having her there - just knowing
that you're in safe hands. She taught me lots of
breathing techniques and how to take care of my
voice just so that I won't damage it in any way.
So it has been great.
do you actually take care of your voice?
I guess for starters it's kind of important to learn
how to breathe properly, and I try not to sing for
more than an hour everyday. I usually do, like,
half an hour everyday. And also make sure that I
drink plenty of water, especially in hot countries.
you still studying now or have you taken this up
as a full time job?
I'm actually still studying and I'll be taking my
GCSE exam next year, which means I can have a British
qualification. So I have a tutor with me on the
run. I think it's quite good just having something
as a backup, just in case something happens.
has your life changed since you became a recording
Well, I guess I do a lot more travelling than before.
(laughs) And I got a lot busier. But I do get a
lot of support from my family, like my dad came
here with me this time, and previously it was my
mom. So it's like a juggling act but we just try
to get in touch as often as we can.
you started planning for your next album yet?
We haven't really decided yet but I'd like to start
composing my own music. So I hope that I can write
something up for the next album, but for now, I'm
not sure yet.
you written anything yet?
I have but I haven't recorded it professionally
or shown it to anyone. I play the piano and the
violin but the piano is where I compose all the
you have any advice for all the young inspired singers
(laughs) I guess it's really important that you
should give things your best every time you perform
cause you'll never know who will be there watching
Westenra's "Pure" is now available in
record stores nationwide.
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