Faryl Smith to release Christmas album

Kettering singer Faryl Smith is to release her second alblum, Wonderland, in time for Christmas.

The 14-year-old Southfield School pupil's rise to fame started when she was a finalist on the ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

She didn't go on to win the show, but signed a record-breaking 2.3m deal afterwards with Universal Music.

Now Faryl, who became the fastest-selling debut classical artist of all time when her debut album Faryl was released in March, is set to follow the album up with her new release Wonderland.

The album is due for release on November 30 and will include an adaptation of Somewhere Far Away, Wonderland and a special duet of O Holy Night.

In messages to fans on her website, Faryl said: "The first album was an introduction to me and an introduction for me to recording.

"I'd never been in a studio before and suddenly, there I was with an amazing orchestra, incredible musicians.

"I realised that there was so much you can achieve in that environment.

"I wanted to follow up that album as quickly as possible with another record, something richer and varied."

Wonderland producer Jon Cohen said: "Faryl is an outstanding talent.

"On this record we've really pushed the boundaries both in terms of the music and also Faryl's voice.

"She's matured as an artist since the first album and I have no doubt that once again, people will be astonished and moved by her performances."

The album will come at the end of a busy year for Faryl, which has included opening Kettering's Market Place, winning the classical award at the Silver Clef Awards in London and attending the Classical Brit Awards.

Faryl also sang at Twickenham during a Six Nations rugby fixture, the FA Cup final and returned to Britain's Got Talent to perform live.