HOLIDAY: Singer Hayley Westenra relaxes by reading a
magazine at home in Christchurch.
DAVID HALLETT/The Press
just keeps getting better for Hayley Westenra.
sales of the songbird's debut album, Pure, broke the one million
singer admitted last night the news had yet to sink in: "It's
like, wow. Overwhelming.
over one million people have bought my album is just amazing,"
little girl from Christchurch, and look what has happened.
a massive compliment."
has been back in New Zealand for three weeks following a five-month
stint in Britain promoting Pure.
in Britain, she sang for the Queen three times and also performed
in front of United States President George W. Bush and British
Prime Minister Tony Blair.
back on what happened last year, it's just incredible,"
the 16-year-old singer said.
had a really big year.
didn't really realise what it would feel like. In some ways,
when I was working making the album, I thought, `wouldn't
it be cool if this did really well'. But now that it has,
it's just incredible."
record company Universal said yesterday Pure had been a "tremendous
success", and the Christchurch teenager had "climbed
the ladder quickly".
kicks off a nationwide tour in Dunedin on February 16, before
heading to North America.
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