Hayley Westenra joined the ranks of the group, now a "Celtic Woman" herself when together they recorded their second PBS special, Celtic Woman: A New Journey, Live at Slane Castle, in Meath, Ireland on August 24.
Westenra adds her voice to the Celtic supergroup that has already notched a gold record and a platinum DVD in the U.S., claimed the record for the longest stay at no. 1 on the Billboard World Music chart and sold out venues across the country on its four U.S. concert tours. Celtic Woman: A New Journey, Live at Slane Castle will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide in December, followed a DVD release in January. A studio album, Celtic Woman: A New Journey, will also be released in January.
Current group members Chloë, Lisa, Méav, Orla and Mairead welcomed Westenra to the group, stating “We are thrilled that Hayley has agreed to join Celtic Woman. She is an incredibly talented vocalist and performer and we are very much looking forward to working with her.” Westenra is equally enthusiastic, remarking that “I am very excited to be joining Celtic Woman. I have heard so much about the show and their success. I am really looking forward to being part of it, and to this new and exciting opportunity.”
Although Westenra hails from Christchurch, New Zealand, her family traces its lineage back to Monaghan County in Ireland, before emigrating to New Zealand.
Prior to Celtic Woman: A New Journey, Manhattan Records will release Celtic Woman's A Christmas Celebration on October 3. Composed of 14 Christmas favorites and a traditional Gaelic carol all newly arranged by Celtic Woman musical director David Downes, the album features the soaring harmonies and lush orchestrations that have enchanted fans of the group since they debuted in America last year.