A TALENTED young Benfleet singer is set to appear on a charity record to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Hollie McKinlay, 16, will appear on Smile, a collection of evocative, wartime songs that celebrate the 70th anniversary of Britain’s finest hour.

The album is being put out by production company Voice in a Million, and half of the proceeds will be split between the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and the British Forces Foundation.

Hollie was chosen to sing on the album after performing at previous live events for Voice in a Million.

She sings wartime classic a Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and the Greatest Love Of All on the album.

Hollie said: “I loved every single minute of working on the record and I am proud of what the project stands for.

“My dream is to make people happy when they listen to me perform.

“One day I will be able to give back the opportunities that singing has given me.”

Hollie first sang in public aged two while staying at a holiday camp, and has since appeared in West End musicals Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia! as well as winning a host of talent contests.

The record will be released on September 13.