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05.30.11

Q & A: Hayley Westenra, UNICEF Ambassador &

Written by  Gregory Blakey
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This weekend, Team Glittarazzi caught up with New Zealand's Hayley Westenra -- UNICEF Ambassador and one of the world's most exciting singing sensations​.

She was in town to perform in the Memorial Day concert on the National Mall and was kind enough to sit down with us and answer some questions we've been burning to ask. ...

I overheard you saying before that this is your third time in DC.
"Yeh." (laughs)

What would you say that some of your favorite spots are in the city?
"Well ... on previous two trips, well, those were kind of whirlwind trips so this time around I think I'll see the city. I think this afternoon I'm going to go to the Vietnam war memorial and ummm ... we've eaten at some great restaurants.

Are there any that you could name off the top of your head?
"We've had a great sushi place and also Cafe Milano. Wow! I didn't expect it to be this hot here. I had to throw on a dress today. ... My jeans aren't going to cut it.

So, Hayley, are there any social causes that are particularly close to your heart?
"Social causes. I guess this would be one of them. I mean ... I'm now based in London and I do a lot with the Royal British Legion, which is an organization that supports those serving and the veterans. That would be one. And also I work a lot with UNICEF. Those are the organizations that I support. But ... its just great to be in a position to give something back ... I mean singing's my number one. It's my passion and I hope that I can help people with my music. It's great to be able to help out these other causes."

Great! Are you familiar at all with the television series Glee?
"Yes, I am." (laughs)

So my next question is about that. If the cast of "Glee" wanted to do one of your songs, how would that make you feel?
"Oh! I'd be thrilled! Yeh! I'd love that. (laughs) I'd love to be on that show. That'd be so much fun. You know what I'm saying?!? (laughs) It's one of those shows that everyone just wants to be a part of, ya know.

And, my last question is if there was any artist that you could collaborate with who would that be?
"Umm...hmm...ooh...ummm...there are so many artists. I'm gonna go with Michael Buble. I mean ... I quite like the fusion. I like the idea of working with other artists. I quite like it when two different styles come together. You often manage to come up with something quite unique and beautiful."

Photo: Hayley rehearsing for Sunday's Memorial Day concert on the National Mall.

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