girl has a song to sing
Christchurch checkout operator is being groomed to be the
world's newest popra diva.
it was British singer Charlotte Church, then Christchurch's
Hayley Westenra, and now 18-year-old Russian-born Julia
Townsend is being set for pop-classical-crossover superstardom.
born Yulia Beredenko, had already been snapped up by agent
Gray Bartlett, who helped launch Westenra to international
can still be found scanning groceries at Fresh Choice, in
the Barrington Mall, in between preparing for her northern
and southern hemisphere debuts.
career will be launched by Russian bass vocalist Ivan Rebroff,
who has notched 12 million sales, when he performs in Christchurch
will sing Ave Maria with him on March 27 at the Christchurch
Town Hall Auditorium.
April she will share the bill with opera superstar Russell
Watson when he performs with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
discovered her voice singing in the karaoke haunts of her
home town of Volgograd.
she moved to New Zealand with her mother, Galina, who married
Christchurch real-estate agent Bill Townsend, the homesick
teenager sought solace in song-writing.
began by penning songs in her mother tongue, but soon began
writing in English.
am not Hayley Westenra or anyone else. I am Julia Townsend,"
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