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Special limited SHM-CD remastered edition pressing of the Japanese-only 2008 release from the New Zealand vocalist features one additional track 'Irolro Ha Koibito No Iro'. Hayley Meets japanese Songs is a collection of classic Japanese songs covered in English. Also includes the bonus track, 'Amazing Grace', a duet with singer Honda Minako. 12 tracks. Universal.Notes & Reviews:
Personnel: Hayley Westenra (vocals); Kerenza Peacock , Jenny Sacha (violin); Natalia Gomes (viola); Bryony James (cello); Ian Tilley (piano, keyboards); Jason Silver (piano); Matt Round (double bass, electric bass); Laurie Jenkins (drums, percussion).
Recording information: British Grove Studio, London, England (??/2006-03/2008).
Having already established herself as a gifted interpreter of classical, pop, and Celtic songs, the New Zealand-born singer Haley Westenra expanded her musical horizons with this 2008 collection. Haley Sings Japanese Songs features Westenra interpreting 12 classic Japanese tunes, some translated into English but most performed in their original tongue. The album also includes a duet between Westenra and the late pop star Minako Honda on the popular hymn "Amazing Grace," sung in both English and Japanese. The album was a major commercial success in Japan. ~ Mark Deming