Susan Magdalane Boyle was born
April 1, 1961 in Scotland. Few artists can truly
claim the 'rags to riches' story as much as Susan
Boyle. In 2009, Susan went from an unknown to having
one of the biggest selling LPs around the world by
the end of the year. She also represents another
common saying - 'don't judge a book by its cover' by
showing the world that presenting yourself as average
and somewhat socially ackward but then delivering
when it comes to a singing voice, can win over
millions of potential fans. Susan's journey to fame
began with taking a chance on the UK reality
competition program Britian's Got Talent at
her mother's urging. Susan ended up coming in second
in the competition, but with the trail she had begun
to blaze, it didn't matter.
Susan's appearance on the UK talent show Britain's
Got Talent and performance of "I Dreamed A
Dream" from Les Miserables aired
(recorded in January). The appearance began with
snickers from the audience at her appearance and the
manner in which she answered questions prior to
singing. But once she started singing, mouths
dropped, cheers began, and Susan received a roar from
the audience and the show's judges. Her performance
became an instant news item with millions of people
viewing her on YouTube and instantly becoming fans.
Susan released her debut LP I
Dreamed A Dream (available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).
Susan topped the UK LP chart with I
Dreamed A Dream. The LP was the fastest selling UK
debut LP of all time.
Dreamed A Dream topped the LP charts in Argentina,
Australia, Canada, Holland, New Zealand, Switzerland,
Susan topped the Billboard 200 LP chart and Internet
Albums chart with I
Dreamed A Dream selling over 701,000 copies its first
week of release in the US. The LP had the biggest
first week sales in the US for the year (beating out
the previous leader Eminem).
Susan topped the Canadian LP chart with I
Dreamed A Dream.
Susan's appearance on Britian's Got Talent
was the most viewed video clip of the year on YouTube
with over 120 million views.
Dreamed A Dream was the #2 selling LP of the year
selling over 3.1 copies during the year in the US.
Dreamed A Dream was the #1 selling LP of the year in
Dreamed A Dream was certified 3x platinum.
Dreamed A Dream was certified 4x platinum.
Susan released The
Susan topped the Billboard LP chart with The
LP sold over 318,000 copies its first week of release
in the US.
Susan topped the UK LP chart with The
Susan's LP The
the #5 top selling LP of the year.
certified 3x platinum.
Susan was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album (I
Dreamed A Dream).
Susan released Someone
To Watch Over Me.
Susan topped the UK LP charts with Someone
To Watch Over Me.
To Watch Over Me was certified gold.
Susan was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (The
Susan released Standing
Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage.
Susan released Home
Dreamed A Dream
Released: November, 2009
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1
Grammy Nominee: Best Pop Vocal Album
Entertainment Weekly: B-
Horses" - "I Dreamed A Dream"
- "Cry Me A River" - "How
Great Thou Art" - "You'll See"
- "Daydream Believer" - "Up To
The Mountain" - "Amazing
Grace" - "Who I Was Born To
Be" - "Proud" - "The End
Of The World" - "Silent Night"
Released: November, 2010
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1
Grammy Nominee: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Day" - "Hallelujah" - "Do
You Hear What I Hear?" - "Don't
Dream It's Over" - "The First Noel'
- "O Holy Night" - "Away In A
Manger" - "Make Me A Channel Of
Your Peace" - "Auld Lang Syne"
- "O Come All Ye Faithful"
To Watch Over Me
Released: November, 2011
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 4
Tracks: "You Have To Be
There" - "Unchained Melody" -
"Enjoy The Silence" - "Both
Sides Now" - "Lilac Wine" -
"Mad World" - "Autumn
Leaves" - "This Will Be The
Year" - "Return" -
"Someone To Watch Over Me"
Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage
Released: November 13, 2012
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 12
Live Tracks: "Somewhere Over
The Rainbow" - "The Winner Takes It
All" - "Send In The Clowns" -
"The Music Of The Night" (featuring
Michael Crawford) - "Bring Me Home"
- "Memory" - "As Long As He
Needs Me" - "All I Ask Of You"
(with Donny Osmond) - "Out Here On My
Own" - "You'll Never Walk
Alone" - "This Is The Moment"
(featuring Donny Osmond)
Released: October 29, 2013
Billboard peak: # 17
Tracks: "O Come, All Ye
Faithful" - "The Lord's
Prayer" - "Little Drummer Boy"
- "I'll Be Home For Christmas" -
"When A Child Is Born" - "The
Christmas Song" - "I Believe In
Father Christmas" - "Have Yourself
A Merry Little Christmas" - "Hark!
the Herald Angels Sing" - "The
Christmas Waltz" - "In The Bleak
Midwinter" - "Miracle Hymn"
Released: October 21, 2014
Billboard peak: # 16
Tracks: "Wish You Were
Here" - "I Can Only Imagine" -
"Angel" - "Abide With Me"
- "Imagine" - "Will The Circle
Be Unbroken" - "Bridge Over
Troubled Water" - "The Impossible
Dream" - "Oh Happy Day" -
"You Raise Up" (live with the
Lakewood Church Choir)
Released: November 4, 2016
Tracks: "What A
Wonderful World" - "When I Fall In
Love" (with Nat King Cole) -
"Angels" - "Somewhere Out
There" (with Michael Bolton) - "I
Have A Dream" - "Always On My
Mind" - "May You Never Be
Alone" - "Mull Of Kintyre" -
"Like A Prayer" - "When You
Wish Upon A Star"
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