Hayley Dee Westenra (born April 10, 1987 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand soprano who has released 2 successful albums, one of which- Pure- reached #1 on the UK classical charts and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Westenra is the daughter of Jill and Gerald Westenra and has two siblings, Sophie and Isaac. Hayley comes from a musically-inclined family; her grandmother was a singer, and her grandfather was a pianist and played the piano-accordion.
Her musical career began at the age of six when she was cast in the role of "the Littlest Star" in her school's Christmas play, with a singing part. After the show, a teacher who had seen Hayley sing approached her parents and informed them that the girl had perfect pitch. (In fact, she is sometimes referred to as a "female Josh Groban".) She encouraged Hayley to pick up a musical instrument to improve her abilities, and Hayley began to take violin lessons. Along with violin, she took up the piano and recorder, and learned to read music by the age of 7. She began voice lessons and discovered a passion for musical theatre. By age 11, Hayley had performed more than ...