7 July 2012: SUSAN Boyle goes from from top of the charts to top of the class after landing an honorary doctorate.
Singing star SuBo, of Blackburn, West Lothian, was handed the degree by Sir Tom Farmer at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University.
The 51-year-old — who has sold an incredible 18million albums — was awarded the degree for her contribution to the creative industries.
From the page at JTHonline.com old Dreamweaver website
On 11 April 2009, Susan Boyle appeared as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. The audition was magical, because the judges and audience were sniggering at the sight of the frumpy 47 year old from a Scottish village who dreamed of being a professional singer in the style of Elaine Paige (of Andrew Lloyd Webber fame). The derision of judges and audience ws barely hidden. But within a mere five seconds of beginning to sing, Susan Boyle had won over the judges, and the audience was cheering. At the end of her perfomance she got a standing ovation from the audience and two of the judges. Simon Cowell was the only person not standing. he was probably figuring out the contract deal to become her manager.
In November 2009 the first album by Susan Boyle was released and debuted as the number one best-selling CD on charts around the globe.
It’s an amazing overnight success. But not really. As with all these stories of overnight success there were years of hard work and little recognition behind it.
In 1999 she recorded a track for a charity CD to commemorate the Millennium produced at a West Lothian school. Only 1,000 copies of the CD, Music for a Millennium Celebration, Sounds of West Lothian, were pressed. An early review in the West Lothian Herald & Post said Boyle’s rendition of “Cry Me a River” was “heartbreaking” and “had been on repeat in my CD player ever since I got this CD…” The recording found its way onto the internet following her first televised appearance and the New York Post said it showed that Boyle was “not a one trick pony.” Hello! said the recording “cement[ed] her status” as a singing star.
In 1999, Boyle used all her savings to pay for a professionally cut demo tape, copies of which she later sent to record companies, radio talent competitions, local and national TV. The demo consisted of her versions of “Cry Me a River” and “Killing Me Softly with His Song”; the songs were uploaded to the Internet after her BGT audition.
The above quote is from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Boyle – and I recommend you read the full article.
A video of Susan in the USA:
The Susan Boyle website:
and the Australian site which is a little different
And a video of an interviewed in the USA on Sunday 14 February 2010:
Wednesday, 4th May 2016
In her audition for Britain’s Got Talent, Susan, in answer to a question from Simon Cowell, replied that she would like to be a professional singer and as successful as with Elaine Paige. The audience sniggered and the camera showed one young girl whose lips were mouthing “Who’s Elaine Paige?” Elaine Paige is a highly successful singer with a unique timbre in her voice. She was most notable for me for singing the lead tole in the musical Evita and for her performance in a Time Rice concert in Melbourne at the Arts Centre in 1985. It was the first time I had ever parked at the Arts Centre. Little did I know what lay ahead years later, when I would park there thousands of times – even when I was in hospital for six weeks in November /December 2013. I digress. At the time of writing this section Susan Boyle’s albums have had great success, and the above YouTube video has had 189,667,476 views. Little did Susan Boyle know at the audition that one day she would sing with Elaine Paige OBE. Note the difference in their voices. To me it seems that Elaine has richer quality voice whereas Susan has purer tones.