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Faryl Smith - the thirteen year old mezzo-soprano, who rose to fame during her time on ITV's Britain's Got Talent earlier this year, has signed a record deal with Universal Classics and Jazz worth £2.3 million.
Watched by her idol and mentor, Katherine Jenkins, she signed the contract at the Royal Albert Hall, just prior to her debut performance at the iconic venue alongside Katherine. They sang Silent Night together, before Faryl took centre stage to sing Amazing Grace by herself.
Since showcasing her talent, Faryl has caught the eye of many record company bosses. However after strong competition, Faryl signed to the most valuable contract ever awarded to such a young artist - a multi-album deal worth £2.3 million.
“It’s all just so overwhelming,” said Faryl, “I’m honoured to be joining such a fantastic record company, especially since it’s where Katherine started."
"This is about the opportunity of a lifetime for me, singing is my passion and to be given the opportunity to make a career of it at such a young age is a dream come true.”
Dickon Stainer - head of UCJ believes that "Faryl is worth every penny."
“As soon as we saw Faryl, it became an ambition to sign her. Her potential is massive and the size of the deal reflects our faith in her as a long-term artist. This is a watershed for the classical crossover world, it shows that it competes with pop music on a global scale."
Faryl, The Debut Album will be launched on 10th March next year.
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