Faryl is the debut album by British mezzo-soprano Faryl Smith
(pictured), who rose to fame on the second series of Britain's Got
Talent. Released on 9 March 2009, it became the fastest-selling
classical solo album in British chart history, selling 29,200 copies in
the first week, higher than any other debut album of a classical singer.
It was produced by Jon Cohen, and the backing music was provided by a
60-piece orchestra. As part of the album's promotion, Smith made
numerous television and radio appearances and filmed a music video for
"River of Light", a song set to The Blue Danube. Faryl reached number 4
in the UK Albums Chart, becoming the third album by a Britain's Got
Talent contestant to reach the top ten in Britain. Smith subsequently
embarked on a promotional tour in the US, where the album reached number
6 on the classical chart. Faryl was fairly well received by critics, who
praised Smith's performances and Cohen's production, although there was
criticism for the use of the orchestra and the song choices. As one of
the ten best-selling classical albums in the UK in 2009, Faryl was
nominated for a Classical BRIT Award in the album of the year category.
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