News from Hayley Westenra -

Official Newsletter #01

July 14th 2003 - Pure released in Australia today!!  see the video message from Hayley
Hayley's new album is released today see the special video message from Hayley!
July 14th 2003 - Hayley becomes UNICEF ambassador

PRESS RELEASE >> Hayley Westenra becomes National Ambassador for UNICEF NZ 7/7/2003 5:12:09 PM
New Zealand's brightest young star Hayley Westenra has become a National Ambassador for UNICEF New Zealand.

Hayley's appointment to this prestigious role was announced at the launch of her debut international album 'Pure'.

As a National Ambassador for UNICEF, Hayley will help to raise awareness of child rights and the desperate situation facing many children and families around the world. Through lending her support to UNICEF's fundraising campaigns in New Zealand, it is hoped that more children and communities will benefit from long-term and emergency help in healthcare, education and protection for children in need.

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director for UNICEF said of the announcement "Hayley is a wonderful role model for youth in New Zealand and through her oustanding musical ability she reaches audiences of all ages and nationalities. We are delighted to welcome Hayley into the UNICEF family, and hope that with Hayley's help we can generate increasing support for our work, and help more children have a better start in life."

Speaking about her new position Hayley said "I feel really honoured to be asked to be an ambassador for UNICEF and I'm very excited about the challenges and experiences that will come with this new role."

16 year old Hayley joins an elite collection of Ambassadors and Special Representatives for UNICEF worldwide, including such famous figures as Sir Edmund Hilary, Robbie Williams, Susan Sarandon, Sir Richard Attenborough, Nicole Kidman and Manchester United.

Hayley Westenra shot to fame when her debut self-titled album went straight in at number one, turned triple platinum and went on to make Hayley the fastest-selling local artist in New Zealand History. Hayley is now signed with Decca Records International in London, who plan to introduce Hayley to the rest of the world during 2003.

July 9th 2003 - 'Pure' release dates
Hayley's new album Pure will be released shortly. Here are the first few release dates we have. More to follow soon!.

New Zealand - 17th July
Australia - 14th July
Singapore - 21 July
Hong Kong - 21 July
Malaysia - 21 July
Philippines - 21 July
Thailand - early August
Korea - 5th August
Indonesia - 6th August
Hayley's back in New Zealand. June 11, 2003
Hayley's back in New Zealand and has started a round of promotion for her upcoming album "Pure". Mark your calendar - you'll be able to read interviews and articles in:
Sunday Star Times - 6th July
NZ Listener - 14th July (issue dated 19th - 25th July)
Tearaway Magazine - July issue
Jet Magazine - July issue
Creme Magazine - August issue
Or visit Hayley's website again and we'll have excerpts and links to the articles!
Hayley gives a stunning performance at the UK Classical Brits. June 11, 2003
On the 22nd May this year Hayley gave a fantastic performance at the annual Classical Brits which was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where she duetted with Aled Jones. Performing alongside her were a variety of stars including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Maxim Vengerov and many more famous names. Singing at the UK Classical Brits was definitely a highlight of Hayley's recent UK visit.
Hayley finishes recording her brand new album 'Pure'. June 11, 2003
This year has seen Hayley in the studio in London working on her stunning new album 'Pure' to be released on Decca this year. With the new album, Pure, Hayley explores a variety of musical styles and genres including the world of pop, traditional Maori choral singing, and gives a new freshness to a well-known classical repertoire. The album's producer Giles Martin enrolled a number of people to help Hayley achieve this, including his father, legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, all of whom contributed in achieving the album's unique appeal. To find out more about the music and hear an excerpt from the album click through to the Music section of this site.
The Sunday Times runs a Hayley article entitled 'Next Big Thing - Hayley Westenra'. June 11, 2003
The UK's best selling Sunday newspaper featured an article on Hayley on the 8th June 2003 (and a stunning picture too!) The article talked about Hayley being a star in New Zealand already, where she was the best selling artist of 2001. Now she's about to go global, having signed a worldwide deal with Decca!


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