The scene is a performance of a primary school Christmas play. The expectation from adoring parents is for the children to sing flat, fluff their lines and maybe trip over the scenery. Everybody expects a few laughs; no one expects brilliance.
It was at just such a show that New Zealanders Jill and Gerald Westenra first witnessed their daughter Hayley's extraordinary talent. "Her school put on a show called The Littlest Star", Jill says. "Hayley was just six and all she'd said to me was 'Mummy, I need my ballet gear'. So we went along and found that in fact she was the star of the show - the littlest star.".
Christmas Magic debuted in the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums on 23 November 2009. It has been in the Top 40 Albums for six weeks with a highest position of #20. There are 11 albums by Hayley Westenra in the Top 40 Albums with five reaching Number One.
Chart placings for Christmas Magic:
Chart placings by Hayley Westenra: