Faryl Smith


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Faryl Smith

Background information


Born 23 July 1995 (age 26)
Origin Kettering, Northamptonshire, England
Genres Classical crossover
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels Formerly Universal Classics and Jazz
Website farylmusic.com


Faryl Smith (born 23 July 1995) is a British soprano who rose to fame after appearing on the second series of the ITV television talent show Britain's Got Talent in 2008. Although a favourite to win after the second round, she finished outside the top three in the live final on 31 May. During the competition, she was tutored by the singing coach Yvie Burnett and received offers from various record labels. After the show, she, unlike other finalists, did not sign with the judge Simon Cowell's record label Syco, 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 from December 2008 to January 2009 and released in March 2009. Faryl became the fastest-selling solo classical album in British chart history, selling 29,200 copies in the first week. It debuted at number six and rose to number four the following week, making Smith the third Britain's Got Talent contestant to have a top ten album. In 2010, on account of Faryl, Smith was nominated for two Classical BRIT Awards and became the youngest artist ever to receive a double nomination.

Smith's second album, Wonderland, was released in November 2009. A concept album based on Alice in Wonderland, the album was well received by critics, but was not successful in the charts. After the release of Wonderland, Smith's contract with Universal ended. In addition to releasing her two albums, she was featured on a charity cover of "The Prayer", released in March 2010, provided vocals for the 2012 album The Magic of a Thousand Strings by the International Harp Ensemble, and has performed at numerous events, including the 2009 Royal Variety Performance. In 2015, Smith began studying music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She continues to perform regularly, including at major sporting events, such as a Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium in February 2019.

Faryl has had the privilege of singing at The Royal Albert Hall seven times so far and regularly performs in theatres. Faryl toured theatres with The International Harp Ensemble, the tour was called 'The Magic of a Thousand Strings' and Faryl sang a wide range of music. Corporate events have also enabled Faryl to work internationally. She was invited to Brussels to sing for the European Associations Awards. Has performed several times in Dubai at the Global Retail Awards and in The Dubai Opera House..

Faryl is currently on the postgraduate course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is looking forward to future concerts. She has recently performed with Aled Jones and Lesley Garrett in theatre concerts and performed at Bamburgh Castle for the RFU Injured Players Foundation.




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