Faryl Smith may be worth more money than she had every imagined but, she still has her feet very much on the ground, thanks to her sensible parents Tony and Linda.
She first shot to fame when she reached the final of the second series of the ITV show "Britain's Got Talent". As a nervous 13-year-old mezzo-soprano she sang "Ave Maria" and although she finished outside the top three, she received offers from various record labels.
Whilst on the show she received singing lessons from vocal coach Yvie Burnett, which helped her develop her voice and as a result of the show she was invited to be guest singer at the Songwriting Awards Ceremony in London.
Prior to auditioning she had competed in the Kettering Eisteddfod, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Pontins Junior Starquest Competition and the Festival 4 Stars.
It was at the famous Llangollen Eisteddfod Smith met her idol, singer Katherine Jenkins and she was thrilled to receive an email from her when she competed in "Britain's Got Talent". Simon Cowell put her through to the live shows saying her audition was the best he had heard for years.
She and Andrew Johnston were the favourites to win the competition and she won her semi-final by public vote after performing a cover version of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel".
Since the competition she has led the singing at the England-France rugby match in front of more than 82,000 people, which she has described as very nerve-wracking. She has also sung with Katherine Jenkins, visited Number 10 Downing Street and attended the Children's Champion Awards.
Smith has said her hairdresser mother Linda will not allow her to get big-headed and the only thing that has changed in her life is that she is London a lot more. But when she gets home to her parents' house in Kettering everything is exactly the same.
Her father Tony now manages her full time and it was her mother who turned down a record deal with Simon Cowell's Syco Label as she did not believe he had her best interests at heart.
Instead Smith signed a £2.3 million deal with the Universal Classics and Jazz label as they gave her everything she asked for. The advance was the largest ever granted for a schoolgirl. She recorded her first album "Faryl" in 2008 and it was released in January 2009. It was the fastest selling classical album in British chart history, selling 29,000 copies in the first week.
It started as Number 6 in the first week and rose to Number 4 seven days later. She was the third "Britain's Got Talent" contestant to have a Top 10 album.
She has no boyfriend problems as she is too busy. When she is not working she attends the all-girl Southfields School in Kettering and receives private tutoring when she is away.
The whole family are football mad, She played for Kettering General's Under 11s when they reached the Weetabix League Cup Final, then moved up to the Under 13s. When she can she still plays right back for the youth side in the Kettering and District Weetabix League.
Hotly talented and potential future world star Faryl Smith and just aged twelve when she entered Britain's Got Talent series two in the UK. Faryl Smith who sang Ave Maria, on the show and went on to the final looked a class act with huge singing potential. She is currently on tour with Britain's Got Talent live tour in the UK. Press coverage and comments include: "It's been crazy. She's having the time of her life she's made for it." and "The people who have arranged the tour have described it as being like Beatlemania the children are mobbed everywhere they go and they get people running after the bus after each show." More details to follow. For Faryl Smith video and photos.
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