Description: Vocalist, UK

Known For: Her debut album, Faryl, was recorded in December 2008

Music Styles: Classical

Location: United Kingdom

Date Born: 23rd July 1995
Location Born: Kettering, United Kingdom

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Faryl Smith

An English teen mezzo-soprano who rose to fame after auditioning for the second series of the ITV television talent show Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, performing as a mezzo-soprano.

She received praise throughout the competition, and although she was the favourite to win after the second round, she finished outside the top three in the live final on the 31 May.

During the competition, she received singing lessons from Yvie Burnett and received offers from various record labels.

After the show, she rejected offers of contracts from Sony BMG, although she did appear on fellow finalist Andrew Johnston’s debut album One Voice.

Smith signed a contract with Universal Classics and Jazz for a £2.3 million advance in December 2008, the largest ever granted to a schoolgirl.

Her debut album, Faryl, was recorded in December 2008 and January 2009, and was released in March 2009. Faryl became the fastest selling solo classical album in British chart history, selling 29,200 copies in the first week.

Smith’s first album, Faryl, was recorded in London during Smith’s Christmas holiday in December 2008 and January 2009, and completed on the third of January.

It features a 60 piece orchestra, which was recorded at Air Studios, in London.

On the day of the release the album was at the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart, based on presal The album became the fastest selling classical solo album in Britain, beating the previous record holder Hayley Westernra who sold 20,000 copies in the first four days.

In April 2009, Smith travelled to Los Angeles to begin her promotion of Faryl in the United States. She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in early May as part of her promotional tour.

On 30 May, Smith became the youngest person to sing the UK national anthem, “God Save The Queen”, at an FA Cup final when she performed during the opening ceremony at the 2009 final, held in the Wembley Stadium.

Smith was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, on 23 July 1995. She originally attended Henry Gotch Primary School in Kettering and then became a student at Southfield School for Girls, although she received private tutoring while working. She completed her GCSEs in 2011, and she studied for her A levels, with the intention of going to university afterwards. However, she is going to instead try for the Royal Academy of Music. While at school, Smith enjoyed playing football; she played for the Kettering Generals Under-11s girls’ team when they reached the Weetabix League cup final, as well as for the club’s Under-13 girls. She attended a theatre club, played the guitar and piano and sang in two choirs, including the Masquerade Youth Choir. Smith’s father, Tony, is a health and safety inspector, and for a time worked full-time overseeing Smith’s activities. Her mother, Linda, is a hairdresser, and she has an older brother, Shea.