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Youngest baritone sings for soldiers

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 September 2010

Gravesend born singer Matthew Crane lends his voice to charity album

Gravesend born singer Matthew Crane lends his voice to charity album

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AN aspiring singer named as the UK's youngest classical baritone has lent his voice to a charity album.

Gravesend born Matthew Crane, a former pupil at Gads Hill School, Higham, was joined by more than 5000 school children in recording the song You Raise me Up for an album commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Voice in a Million’s Smile album is released on Monday to coincide with the anniversary and proceeds will go to The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and The British Forces Foundation.

The album is also being used to highlight the need for adoptive and foster families in the UK.

Matthew, 17, who now lives in High Halstow, performed the song at the O2 Arena supported by 5,321 school children in January and is excited by being part of the project.

He said: “It is great to be part of something like this, and putting out a positive message. Performing in the O2, people asked if I was nervous but it was just this incredible excitement, the only shame was it was over so soon.”

The album will be launched on Sunday, with the teenager again performing with a huge choir at The Bentley Priory in north west London.

Matthew first came to prominence as a 13 year old when he performed on talent show Let me Entertain You, and has since performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and NEC arena, earning plaudits from stars such as Jools Holland.

“It is so difficult to make your way in this industry, I feel I am 95 per cent there but that last five per cent is still so difficult to break,” he said.

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