Walking in the Air is the first album of Hayley Westenra. It has two versions. The first, of which only 70 were made, was originally a memento for Hayley's family and close friends, and was self-titled Hayley Dee Westenra. However, the album did not remain within the Westenra family and their friends; one day while Hayley was busking, a tourist asked her if she had ever thought of recording her voice. Hayley pointed the tourist in the direction of her mother, Jill, who, after some coaxing, sold him a copy. As he took the CD over to Hayley to have her autograph it, other passing tourists asked Hayley's mother if she had any more copies. Jill took their names and hotel room numbers; later that day, Hayley's family delivered copies to those tourists. A second, larger release (though only 1,000) was subsequently made and retitled, carrying Hayley's name as "Hayley Westenra".
Interestingly, when Hayley produced this album, it was not meant as a prequel to another album, nor was it a means for her to gain entrance into the music industry. Rather, it was a project of Hayley's mother, who wanted a recording of her then-13 year old daughter's voice in the event that Hayley did not attain