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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

5th Member!

I have written before about how amazing the musical group Celtic Woman is. And truly, they are spectacular. But, I want to take a moment to talk about the 5th member and newest addition to the group. Her name is Hayley Westenra from New Zealand. And her voice will haunt you.

All the other singers each have their strengths that stand out from the rest of the group. Maev, who is leaving the group to pursue her solo career is an uber soprano. When she sings you don't need to wonder if it's Miramax or Maev. Chloe infuses her singing with a hopeful and playful innocence. Lisa sings with the experience of life and its trials. And Orla has a flowing silky quality to her voice.

But Hayley, the newest member of the group has a haunting voice. She literally reaches down and rips out your soul with the passion of her singing. If you don't believe me, listen to the Celtic Woman album A New Journey. Listen to the song Scarborough Fair. Hayley is the one who sings it and man her voice is hauntingly beautiful. You really do feel the pain of lost love.

Hayley Westenra, like all the girls had a successful solo career before joining Celtic Woman and has several albums out. She is a singer well worth listening to both as part of Celtic Woman and as a soloist.

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