Hayley Westenra was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Singing was always her passion. From practising at home in her room, to busking on the city streets, she was always acutely aware of what she loved and what she wanted to do with her life. Sing. That early diligence and hard work paid off when she signed her first international recording contract with Decca Music in the UK at the tender age of 14. Her first release, Pure (2003), then became the fastest selling international debut album in the history of the UK classical charts. To date, she has sold over 4 million albums worldwide. Her album, Paradiso (2011), took her status to a new level, when she collaborated in Rome with legendary film composer Ennio Morricone and his Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta. Hayley has been personal songbird to Her Majesty The Queen four times and has sung for both Princes William and Harry.