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Thursday, November 20, 2008
The 21-year-old singer claims she has been in a battle with her record company over her wholesome image.
"Oh there's definitely the pressure," says Hayley's mother Jill. "You've only just got to see the artists that are in the media all the time and why they're in the media and you can see it works."
Unlike other young performers who have happily morphed from starlet to sexpot, Westenra has staunchly refused.
"Occasionally, I have had to stand my ground on image issues," she says. "I am not a tarty person and I don't wear those clothes when I am out, so I don't wear them to perform or for interviews either."
"Hayley's had that pressure since she was 18, and now that she's 21 they think well, surely now," says Jill. "But she's not prepared to compromise her standards."
Her record label Universal says talks about her image have always been age appropriate.
But the man who discovered the Christchurch-born star says an image revamp would do her career no favours.
"I think viva la difference," says Hayley's Former Agent Gray Bartlett. "Because in Hayley's case she is a certain type of personality. She's got a wonderful idea of her market and she's doing exactly the right thing."
And that proved true in her hometown today.
"I think she looks good, she's very clean, she's not too Americanised," says Lizzy Ryan. "I think it's a good picture for our country."
"It's good she's not conforming to other peoples ideals - you saw what happened to Britney," says Jon Skurr.
The starlet's stand already winning her new fans.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Kiwi songbird Hayley Westenra donned a bulletproof vest during a visit to Iraq to perform in a bid to help raise moral among British troops.
Westenra's father, Gerald, told The Press the young singer would arrive back in London this morning after a whirlwind trip to Basra, in southern Iraq.
Westenra was invited to perform for British troops by an army brigadier who heard her sing at a charity concert at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
"She had a gap of a few days between her tour shows so she decided to go for it."
Her father said the trip was a "big deal" for the Christchurch singer.
"I spoke to her the night before she left and she was excited but slightly nervous. As parents we were naturally a bit worried because she was flying into a war zone and there is always a risk."
Westenra was issued with a bullet-proof vest for the visit, he said.
Her recent album Pure went to No. 1 on the British charts.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Sun 19 Oct Aberdeen Music Hall
Mon 20 Oct Dunfermline Carnegie Hall
Wed 22 Oct Durham Gala Theatre
Wed 29 Oct Barrow Forum Theatre
Thurs 30 Oct Newcastle City Hall
Sun 2 Nov Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Mon 3 Nov Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wed 5 Nov Northampton Derngate
Wed 12 Nov Llandudno North Wales Theatre
Thurs 13 Nov Birmingham Town Hall
Mon 17 Nov Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Wed 19 Nov Cardiff St David's Hall
Thurs 20 Nov Bournemouth Hall
Tues 25 Nov Southend Cliffs Pavillion
Wed 26 Nov Cheltenham Town Hall
Fri 28 Nov Leamington Royal Spa Pavillion
Sun 30 Nov Swansea Grand Theatre
Please check your local theater of full information on tickets and bookings. You can also check www.hayleywestenra.com and click 'Events' for more information.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
3 Yuki No Hana
4 Shiroi Irowa Koibitono Iro (English)
5 I Am A Thousand Winds
6 Blooming Flower
7 Nada Sousou
8 Tsubasa Wo Kudasai
9 Sotsugyo Shasin
10 Time Goes Around
11 I Believe
12 Shiroi Irowa Koibitono Iro (Japanese)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
There are only 4 more days left to vote for my album 'Treasure' to win 'Album Of The Year' at this year's Classical Brit Awards! Please could you visit and tell all your friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbours, pets (you get the idea!) to visit http://www.classicalbrits.co.uk/voting and vote for 'Hayley Westenra' -'Treasure' !! Your support would be very much appreciated!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
"Hayley's album Treasure has been nominated for Best Album at this years Classical Brit awards to be held in May. This category is voted for by the public so please go to the web address below and follow the links to vote for Hayley: http://www.classicalbrits.co.uk/"
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Mar - 29: Croydon Fairfields Hall (Concert) Click Here
Apr - 05: Buxton Opera House (Concert) Click Here
Apr - 26: Millenium Forum, Derry (Concert)
Apr - 27: Belfast Waterfront Hall (Concert) Click Here
May - 02: Jersey Opera House, Charity concert (Concert) Click Here
May - 03: Jersey Opera House, charity concert (Concert) Click Here
June - 27: Abberglasney Gardens, Wales (Concert) Click Here
July - 12: Henley Festival (Concert) Click Here
July - 13: Orwell Park (Concert) Click Here
July - 26: Broadlands (Concert) Click Here
Monday, February 25, 2008
Fiona Pears on violin
Hayley and Dave singing Hine e Hine
Hayley performs on stage
Hayley and Dave sing Welcome Home
Hayley Westenra has been criticised by opera icon Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.