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  • Charlotte Payne posts videos of herself singing on her Facebook page 
  • Her covers of songs by James Bay and Robyn have fetched over 20,000 views 
  • She has previously paid emotional singing tributes to her late father and family 

Published: 11:27 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 11:37 EST, 17 February 2017

At first glance, she's another pretty young aspiring pop star winning an online fan base with her video performances.

But what some of Charlotte Payne's fans may not know, is that she is the younger sister of the murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne, who was abducted and killed by paedophile Roy Whiting in 2000 aged eight. 

Three years ago the Payne family endured further heartbreak when the girls' father Michael passed away after a long battle with alcoholism triggered by the devastating loss of his daughter.

Despite the tragedy that has blighted her childhood, Charlotte, now 22, appears to be perched on the brink of pop success, with her video performances racking up thousands of views on Facebook.

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Charlotte Payne, the sister of Sarah Payne who was murdered aged eight, is building up a loyal fan base online thanks to her singing talents  Charlotte Payne, the sister of Sarah Payne who was murdered aged eight, is building up a loyal fan base online thanks to her singing talents 

Charlotte Payne, the sister of Sarah Payne who was murdered aged eight, is building up a loyal fan base online thanks to her singing talents 

The 22-year-old fledgling singer, who has previously told how she misses her older sister 'every day', has built up a large fan base by doing what she loves.

Charlotte has now attracted more than 600 followers to her Facebook page and almost 700 on Instagram thanks to her singing talents.

The musician, who lives with her mother Sara and younger sister, Ellie, 13, in Hersham, Surrey, has shared several videos of her songs including covers of James Bay.

She has almost 700 on Instagram as she continues to impress with her voice She has almost 700 on Instagram as she continues to impress with her voice
Charlotte has now attracted more than 600 followers to her Facebook page Charlotte has now attracted more than 600 followers to her Facebook page

Charlotte has now attracted more than 600 followers to her Facebook page and almost 700 on Instagram as she continues to impress with her voice

Charlotte, 22, was just six years old when her older sister was abducted and killed by paedophile Roy Whiting in 2000. Pictured: Charlotte (left) with Sarah Charlotte, 22, was just six years old when her older sister was abducted and killed by paedophile Roy Whiting in 2000. Pictured: Charlotte (left) with Sarah

Charlotte, 22, was just six years old when her older sister was abducted and killed by paedophile Roy Whiting in 2000. Pictured: Charlotte (left) with Sarah

Charlotte has also posted emotional tributes to her father following his death three years ago.

A year after his death the retail assistant posted a video of her singing Adele's 'Hello' which received 6,000 views.

With the video she left a personal message in remembrance of her late father.

She wrote: 'So I kind of wanted to sing a song for my dad as it has been 1 year since he passed. This song just felt like the appropriate song to sing about how I'm feeling. 

Whiting was sentenced to life behind bars in January 2001, in what became one of Britain's most high profile child murder cases. Pictured: Sarah Payne aged eight Whiting was sentenced to life behind bars in January 2001, in what became one of Britain's most high profile child murder cases. Pictured: Sarah Payne aged eight

Whiting was sentenced to life behind bars in January 2001, in what became one of Britain's most high profile child murder cases. Pictured: Sarah Payne aged eight

Charlotte has previously posted an emotional singing tribute to her late father Michael Payne who passed away in 2014. Pictured: Charlotte with her mother Sara, father, and two brothers Lee (left) and Luke (right) Charlotte has previously posted an emotional singing tribute to her late father Michael Payne who passed away in 2014. Pictured: Charlotte with her mother Sara, father, and two brothers Lee (left) and Luke (right)

Charlotte has previously posted an emotional singing tribute to her late father Michael Payne who passed away in 2014. Pictured: Charlotte with her mother Sara, father, and two brothers Lee (left) and Luke (right)

She continued: 'I cannot describe how painful it is losing someone you love but them not knowing how much you love them. 

THE CRIME THAT SHOOK THE NATION 

Sarah Payne was eight when she was abducted and killed by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000.

She had been playing near her grandparents’ home in West Sussex on a summer evening in July when she was preyed upon by Whiting.

Her parents, Sara and Michael, went on to campaign for the implementation of what came to be known as ‘Sarah’s Law’, which would see parents notified if a paedophile moved into their area.

Whiting was sentenced to life behind bars in January 2001, in what became one of Britain's most high profile child murder cases.

It later emerged that Whiting was already on the Sex Offenders Register after abducting and sexually attacking another eight-year-old. 

'A lot of things happened in our family and I feel like I never helped him enough with his pain, and I will forever regret it. 

'But this is for you dad. I love you so much. And I'm thinking of all my family today, I love you all.'

One of her most popular covers is that of Robyn's Dancing on My Own which received a whopping 21,000 views. 

Her musical talents have attracted much praise from her followers with one named Tanya writing 'Stunning young lady with a voice to match' and Bianca writing 'love listening to you singing'. 

But despite her praise Charlotte says she occasionally doubts her musical ability but is trying to overcome her confidence issues.

On her most recent cover of James Bay's Running she captioned it: 'I keep listening to videos I record over and over and compare myself to other singers constantly. 

'It puts my confidence down and I judge myself and the way I sing to an extent which isn't healthy. It's hard to love yourself and your talents when there's so much controversy in the world but I'm going to try. 

'I may not sound perfect all the time and there may be songs that don't suit me but that's fine because I'm doing what I love to do and that's the only thing that matters.'

Charlotte has received plenty of praise for her singing but admits she sometimes doubts her musical ability  Charlotte has received plenty of praise for her singing but admits she sometimes doubts her musical ability 

Charlotte has received plenty of praise for her singing but admits she sometimes doubts her musical ability 

The retail assistant says she is 'doing what she loves and that is the only thing that matters'

 

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