With the impending arrival of the first child of Kate Middleton and Prince William, Kiwi soprano Hayley Westenra and her record label, ABC for Kids, has a gift for every baby born the same day. The due date for the third-in-line is Saturday 13th July.
Hayley - who has sold over four million albums in her career and holds the accolade of the fastest selling debut classical album of all time - is known for her passion for children, and was one of the youngest ever ambassadors for UNICEF.
She has dedicated her new CD Hushabye to all new parents and babies the world over. It contains the new song, Sleep On, which has been specially written for the Royal Baby by the UK’s favourite living composer Paul Mealor, with the lyrics provided by world renowned composer Brendan Graham (lyricist for You Raise Me Up).
"The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge personally chose Mealor’s music for their wedding in 2011, so Hushabye is the perfect accompanying gift to celebrate the Royal Couple’s new arrival," says Hayley.
Hushabye contains a special selection of songs, proven to calm and soothe listeners of all ages.
“I have a pure sounding voice, which has apparently helped a lot of parents get their children settled, so I had faith I was up to the challenge,” said Hayley.
Her voice is complemented by a carefully considered orchestration, with acoustic guitar, piano, flute and warm strings, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Listeners can expect bedtime favourites such as Hushabye Mountain and Twinkle Twinkle, alongside timeless classics that reach beyond the realm of lullabies, like Dream A Little Dream of Me and All Through the Night.
If your baby is born on the same day as Kate Middleton's and Prince William's, claim your free Hushabye CD here.
Here's a preview of what you can expect.