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Friday, October 29, 1999 Published at 07:34 GMT 08:34 UK

UK: Wales

Charlotte in the driving seat

A scene from Charlotte's forthcoming Ford commercial

Teenage singing sensation Charlotte Church will take another step on the road to international stardom when she appears in a global TV commercial for the car giant Ford next week.

The advert, which Ford executives think could reach an audience of one billion when it debuts on 1 November, will last a lengthy two minutes.

[ image: Road to success: Charlotte has performed for Prince Charles, the Pope and President Clinton]
Road to success: Charlotte has performed for Prince Charles, the Pope and President Clinton
The 14-year-old from Cardiff, Wales will hold it together with the song Just Wave Hello, written especially for the campaign.

The ad, shot in nine countries by agency J Walter Thompson, will showcase all seven of Ford's brands which now include Jaguar, Aston Martin and Volvo.

Among the images are a war veteran riding in a Ford Mustang convertible in a homecoming parade, an Italian couple embracing in front of a Volvo, a well-dressed woman putting her sleek dogs in the back seat of a Jaguar and Japanese girls playing in cherry blossom near a Mazda.

The ad will run on 38 different networks in the US alone, including major broadcasters ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

[ image: Jaguar: One of Ford's seven global car brands]
Jaguar: One of Ford's seven global car brands
After its initial run, Ford plans to continue running one-minute versions of the ad through the new year.

Charlotte is already well on course for international stardom.

She was signed by Sony Music in 1997 after she was spotted on a TV talent show.

Her debut album Voice Of An Angel has sold more than two million copies worldwide and has made her the youngest ever solo artist to enter the American Top 30 album chart.

So far ths year she has presented one of the prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York and sung for President Clinton.

She also closed the inaugural Children's Proms in Hyde Park, London, and signed to appear in an episode of the popular US TV series Touched By An Angel.

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