A SCHOOLGIRL from Wrexham has seen her dreams come true after signing her first record deal with a major label.

A year ago Elan Catrin Parry, 15, took part in the ITV show, ‘This Time Next Year’, revealing her dream to make an album, with the episode being aired on Tuesday evening.

The Ysgol Morgan Llwyd pupil has now signed a major recording deal with Decca Records.

She released her debut single Anfonaf Angel today and will be releasing her album later this year.

Elan will also be performing a celebratory concert at Ty Pawb on Friday.

Having been competing since the age of four in the National Eisteddfod's singing contests, last year Elan was spotted by Decca executives and offered a recording contract.

Speaking about her music, Elan said: “I’ve always sung in Welsh and it’s something that comes naturally. It’s my generation’s responsibility now to bring it forward to the next generation.”

As the ITV show is filmed over a year, Elan says one of the hardest parts was keeping the filming secret: “Luckily I could discuss it and share it with my family and close friends, and I’ve never been one to brag about what I do, but a year is a long time.”

“It was so exciting for me to film. Davina McCall was so lovely, and made it very easy, because it was all new to me, having my hair and make-up done professionally. I don’t usually wear much make-up but it was really fun to try it all out.

"I wore a new red dress that she said she liked. But of course, the most important and wonderful thing is that I was signed, and I’ve made an album which I love.”

Elan, who lives with her parents and younger sister, has been in the studio in between studying for her GCSE’s. She feels passionately about music education and enjoys playing the piano, drums and harp, as well as singing. She also plays netball and runs, even making the Welsh schools finals of cross country.