The story of Susan Boyle, a unique woman with an extraordinary voice...
Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who is best known for her successful participation in the talent show Britain's Got Talent! In fact, this show paved the way for her to become one of the most talked about modern singers... In 2009 Boyle released her debut "I Dreamed a Dream", which was a phenomenal success: it became the most commercially successful British debut of all time! The album topped the Billboard 200, and two singles from it - "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Wild Horses" - topped several top charts! By the end of the year, Susan was already a superstar. She had released five more albums! All of them were quite successful and proved that her remarkable performance on Britain's Got Talent didn't happen by accident. To date, she has sold about 30 million copies of her albums worldwide and has been nominated twice for a Grammy... Where did it all start? Let's look back at the story of this truly fascinating woman...
Early years: childhood, family...
Susan Boyle was born in West Lothian, Scotland, on April 1, 1961, to Irish immigrants, Bridgette and Patrick Boyle. Her mother worked as a stenographer and her father was a miner and World War II veteran. Susan was the youngest of nine children in the family. At birth, Susan was briefly deprived of oxygen, resulting in mild brain damage. She was told about the incident as she grew up. She had psychological problems caused by her condition. She was also bullied to some extent in school, which affected her self-confidence. In addition to this, she developed a serious learning disability.
In those hard times, she was helped by the love of music that existed in her family. Her parents often sang and played the piano, and this encouraged Susan to become interested in music at an early age. She grew up in Blackburn, a small township. Susan could not get a proper musical education there. Because of her inability to learn, she was bullied at school. However, she was not one to give up on her dreams: she nurtured her love of music in school productions. She sang for the first time in school at age 12.
After graduating from high school, Susan decided to build a career in music. First, however, she needed a secure job. She soon began working in the kitchen at West Lothian College and occasionally went to the theater to get to know her artistic abilities better. In one such show, she heard the song "I Dreamed the Dream" from the drama Les Miserables, and she remembered it. It was the song that helped her achieve phenomenal fame and success on Britain's Got Talent.
In 1995 Susan auditioned for the show My Kind of People, hosted by Michael Barrymore. She was rejected despite her brilliant work. Her brother later said that she was rejected because of her unconventional appearance. This could not affect her confidence, however, and she continued to perform in local clubs and pubs. Susan's struggles came to a brief halt when her father passed away in 1997. She dropped everything and returned to take care of her ailing mother. Instead, her mother encouraged her to follow her dream. With her mother's support, Susan began saving up money to prepare a demo recording, which she then sent out to various record companies, TV stations, and radio stations.
While trying to build her musical career, Susan suffered another serious loss when her sister Kathleen died of an asthma attack. Susan was devastated, but decided to turn to music for solace and serenity. Feeling she needed professional singing lessons, she hired vocal coach Fred O'Neill in 2002 and began practicing on her own. After her mother died in 2007, she was devastated and devoted her life to charity. She decided to quit music for good. In the summer of 2008, however, her coach Fred advised her to audition for Britain's Got Talent. She accepted, but only in memory of her mother. At the audition, which aired the following spring, she performed "I Dreamed the Dream." The song was seen by a record number of viewers, and she was immediately chosen for the next tour...
Success and the main stages of creativity
Her audition video on YouTube has been viewed by over 27 million people! Susan's performance is considered one of the best auditions on the talent show. Boyle was one of the 40 semi-finalists on the show. By the end of the show, she had become a fan favorite, but ended up losing in the finals to a dance group...
In the fall of 2009 Susan released her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, and it was an immediate success. The main single of the same name from it became the leader of the charts. In the UK alone, about 400 thousand copies were sold in the first week! Meanwhile, in the United States during the same period more than 700 thousand copies of the album were sold.
At the end of the year, after the meteoric success of her debut musical work, Susan appeared on the TV show "I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story". On the show she performed a duet with Elaine Page, which was watched by more than 10 million viewers (and that's just in England).
In 2010 the singer released her second album "The Gift", which was another success story for her. She was one of only three artists to have two hits in the same year that topped the charts in both the US and the UK! In 2011 she released her third album, Someone to Watch Over Me, which received immense critical and commercial acclaim...
Until 2014, she released three more albums and established herself as one of the most popular singers of today. In 2014, after the release of her sixth Hope, Susan took a break from music to spend time with her family. In 2016, she released "A Wonderful World." In 2019, "Ten" was released. Susan also starred in the movie "Christmas Candle."
The Huffington Post claimed that the producers of Britain's Got Talent deliberately portrayed Susan Boyle as a mere woman in order to cause shock. Several other organizations criticized the jury's insensitive attitude toward the performer's appearance... In 2013 Susan revealed that she had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
After her father died in 1997, Susan stayed with her mother to take care of her. One of her neighbors claimed that when Susan's mother died, she stopped answering the phone and locked herself in the house for days.
In 2014, it was alleged that Susan began dating an unknown man, "about the same age."