HOLLIE Steel is taking the next steps towards chart success by recording her debut album.

The 11-year-old Britain’s Got Talent star has spent the last fortnight inside a studio, recording songs from musicals and operas.

Hollie, who lives in Huncoat and grew up in Burnley, is hoping to launch an assault on the charts with a single in time for Christmas.

According to her mum, Nina, she stands a good chance of cracking the top 40 as the recordings are “really good.”

Nina, 38, said Hollie had recorded the vocals for seven tracks, some of which she thinks may “surprise” her loyal fanbase. Members of Pendle’s Arden Youth Choir have lent their assistance on some of the more classical tracks.

Nina said: “We want to do it right and to a commercial standard because we want to release it as a proper album.

“Hollie’s having a really good time doing what she’s doing and the songs sound really good. She’s enjoyed picking some of the songs herself. We’re trying to make it fun for her because she’s only a little girl.

“We would like to get into the charts. That’s the ultimate aim. Fans from Hong Kong and America keep asking us when there will be an album – that’s one of the reasons why we are making it.”

Since finishing on Britain’s Got Talent, Hollie, who goes to school at Oakhill College, Whalley, has signed with top agency TCB. The as yet untitled album is being recorded at the brand new Ace Centre, Cross Street, Nelson.

Nina described the facilities as “brillant”.

Ace Centre manager Kirsty Rose said: “We are thrilled that Hollie has chosen the ACE Centre to record her debut album.

“It is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. We wish Hollie every success for the future and we are delighted that we have played some part in helping her on her road to stardom.”