BBC TV 4th January 2004
An appearance on Songs of Praise was likely to result in seeing
Hayley in a full-length dress leading the congregation in the
singing of a traditional hymn. This was not the case....
The dreamlike sequence was shot in a pure white room devoid
of furnishings. This minimalist, almost surreal setting encapsulated
the mood of the song that Hayley was about to sing. Wearing
jeans and a colourful wraparound top, she looked like a typical
trendy teenage girl - relaxed and beautiful. She leant casually
against a pillar in the middle of the room, giving the appearance
of one who is dreaming as she began to sing, appropriately,'Heaven'.
During the song, multiple images of Hayley slowly strolling
around the room and sometimes in close-up, were superimposed
over that of her standing against the pillar, each image in
soft focus and fading in and out and all very tastefully put
together. All that was needed to complete the picture was some
dry ice drifting across the floor. What a pity that no-one thought
The clarity of Hayley's remarkable voice and her superb articulation
has been mentioned time and time again but it was so very noticeable
during this performance - every syllable of every word could
be easily heard. As ever, her lovely voice was a delight to
hear and must surely have caught the attention of anyone who
had not previously heard her.
It was good to see her performing one of the 'other' songs from
Pure which undoubtedly deserves to be broadcast on such a high-profile
programme which regularly attracts a huge viewing audience.
As far as we know, this was the last we shall see of Hayley
until she returns to these shores for the UK leg of her forthcoming
tour in March. Until then, we shall all miss her.