A Wonderland of stardom for Faryl

Faryl Smith is back on the road this week to promote her second album, which is released today.

The new album by the 14-year-old from Kettering is called Wonderland and is loosely based on Lewis Carroll's novel Alice In Wonderland, one of Faryl's favourite books.

The album includes an adaptation of Somewhere Far Away, from Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, and a version of O Holy Night.

The teenager has a busy week planned, appearing on Ready Steady Cook, Blue Peter and on the BBC News channel today.

Tomorrow, she will be on the Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV promoting the album's release and she will also feature on Sky News Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes tomorrow morning.

There are also plans for Faryl to be the guest star on ITV's Loose Women.

An excited Faryl said: "I think it is still a bit strange for me.

"I am only 14 and I have my second album coming out. I am just trying to enjoy it all.

"It is always a struggle when a second album comes out because you never know how it is going to do but fingers crossed people will enjoy it. I am very proud of it.

"I am excited about going on all the shows too – especially Ready Steady Cook because I can't cook and I think it will be fun."

Faryl's dad Tony Smith said: "It's been very busy, we have done an awful lot of radio stations throughout the country, from Devon and Southampton, Dundee and Glasgow to Cardiff and Swansea.

"With regard to the album itself – I rang the producer the other day and said is it absolutely stunning."

He said Wonderland also features the sound of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Southfield School for Girls pupil Faryl's rise to fame started when she was a finalist on the ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

She didn't win the show but afterwards signed a record-breaking 2.3m deal with Universal Music and went on to become the fastest-selling debut classical artist of all time when her first album, Faryl, was released in March.

Faryl has been invited to appear at this year's Royal Variety Performance.

She will perform at the event in Blackpool on December 7, joining a bill which includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Michael Buble.