Could be a bit of a logistical nightmare though, getting all the performers and especially all their gear from Tokyo to Shanghai and ready for performances only 21 hours apart, less whatever sleep they manage in between!
Have been anxiously wondering whether or not that we are going to be lucky enough to see any video on the internet of the Dave Foster Asian show that local TV news programs might manage to capture and put up.
Of course it would be nice to find that someone in the audience captured something that included Hayley and put it up, similar to what we saw done recently at the Frangoulis / Athens show, but that is a lot to hope for.
With so many performers in the show, I would guess that we will have to be very lucky to see anything of Hayley performing.
Hayley Westenra is a classical songstress with one goal - to keep on making good music.
by Balvinder Sandhu 04:46 AM Oct 25, 2012 SINGAPORE
New Zealand-born singer Hayley Westenra burst onto the classical music scene in 2003 when she was only 16. Her debut album, Pure, reached No 1 on the UK Classical Charts.
Which isn't a bad boost for someone whose prior tastes of success were limited to recording a demo album for family and friends, busking on the streets of Christchurch with her sister, as she handed out - and later sold - copies of her self-recorded CD. It was here that she was spotted by a rep from a major label, and the rest, as they say, is history.
But Westenra will be the first to admit that all that busking did benefit her in some ways. "It was fantastic. It was a great way for me to develop confidence because I was really shy as a child. And it allowed me to kind of work out which songs people liked the most," she said.
"I used to alternate between playing my violin and singing and I kind of lost my audience when I picked up the violin," she added, laughing. "At least it helped me to narrow my choices to singing - that maybe that was the one for me."
And fans can hear her dulcet tones when Westenra heads to Singapore to perform at the Hitman: David Foster And Friends concert on Nov 2 and 3, alongside '80s pop star Paul Young and R&B icons Chaka Khan and Babyface.
Despite having further solo success with her subsequent albums, Westenra tried something different with her career in 2007, when she toured with Celtic Woman, an all-female musical ensemble that performs traditional Celtic tunes as well as modern songs.
"I first joined them for their TV special," says Hayley, who is of Dutch and Irish heritage. "Then, one of the girls wanted to spend more time with her family back in Ireland, so I alternated with her.
"I was with them on the road for about three months and it was a wonderful experience because I was so used to just being up on stage by myself. There was a bit of choreography involved and it was a very big production as well, so there were lots of new things for me to get used to.
"But most importantly it was just a lot of fun."
Fun it may be, but constant touring and performing can certainly take its toll on a singer's voice. And it's no surprise that Westenra practises a strict regime to keep her voice in shape.
"Sleep is number one. Steam is really good for the vocals, I put a hot shower on and just stand in the bathroom and let the steam get to my vocal cords because (the air in) aeroplanes are so dry.
"I think you can worry too much about looking after your voice but it's really important also to be relaxed," she added. "I'm pretty relaxed these days, I try and eat well, sleep, drink lots of water. The basics, really."
Having sung with the likes of Andrea Bocelli and performed in front of dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth - not a bad achievement for a 25-year-old - Westenra said she's taking her success in her stride. And she's keeping herself focused on music.
"For me, there's not enough hours in a day for music," she said. "I'm very focussed on that, music is my passion.
"At the moment, I'm working on a new album and I'm writing. That's always the goal and the dream, to create something exciting and new and unique. I kind of see that as always my goal, I can't see that changing anytime soon."
Post by stevemacdonald on Oct 31, 2012 17:58:44 GMT
In the article Hayley mentions putting on the hot shower for steam as part of her routine to maintain her voice. While this works wonders I'm sure there are easier ways to get the same effect without all that water being used. One that I recommend is the portable steamer/vaporiser that has an attachment that fits comfortably around the mouth and you breathe in the vapors. That keeps the moisture where it belongs and doesn't cause side issues involving the hair and overall humidity. Just saying.
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Thanks for the interview Martin! Not much we hadn't heard before, but I still enjoyed the guy's funny accent! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif Only problem I had: WHY did they have to play the same song over and over and OVER again in the background? Not that I don't love "Who Painted the Moon Black," but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Still, quite enjoyable!