A NORTH-EAST singer-songwriter is celebrating after two of her recordings were chosen to appear in feature films.

Hayley McKay, from Hurworth, near Darlington, has been a performer for a young age.

An a-capella version of Amazing Grace, performed by the 21-year-old, features on the soundtrack of the Tyneside-based film Harrigan.

Starring Stephen Tompkinson as a detective, the film is set on a crime-ridden estate in the 1970s against a backdrop of strikes and urban decay.

Another of Miss McKay’s performances, a version of the Skye Boat Song, features on the film Road to Calum (correct), set on a remote Scottish island and based on a true story.

Both films are the work of Newcastle-based production company Tall Tree Pictures.

Miss McKay, who commutes to London each week to take part in a recording artist development course, said: “I am really pleased to have my work in these two films, it is all about trying to build myself up.

“In Harrigan, my song was used over quite a violent scene in the film, so it was quite surreal hearing my voice against that backdrop.”

Miss McKay, who is also part of the duo Silent Houses, added: “I am working on an EP and ultimately, I would like to be recognised as a respectable artist and singer-songwriter.”

For more information about the singer, visit hayleymckay.co.uk