Susan Boyle

Comment on this artist

Susan Boyle Biography

Susan Boyle (born Susan Magdalane Boyle 1.4.1961)

Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer, whose unexpected and dramatic rise to fame occurred after she entered the TV reality talent show Britain's Got Talent.

Susan Boyle: Childhood and Singing Background

Susan Boyle was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, To Patrick and Bridget Boyle. Her father was a miner and also used to be a singer. Her mother was a typist. Bridget was 47 when Susan was born. Her daughter was diagnosed with having learning difficulties as a child and was bullied at school.

Having left school with a minimal number of qualifications, Susan Boyle briefly worked as a trainee cook before entering a number of Government training schemes. She enjoyed performing and would sing at a number of local venues and working men's clubs.

She also took singing lessons and attended the Edinburgh Acting School, performing in the Edinburgh Fringe. Her main experience of singing, however, came when she would sing in her local Catholic church. She auditioned a number of times for the TV show My Kind of People, presented by Michael Barrymore.

Susan Boyle: Music Career

Having won a number of local singing contests, Susan Boyle was encouraged by her mother to enter Britain's Got Talent. She had once intended to audition for The X Factor but changed her mind when she felt that contestants were being selected for their looks, rather than for their singing talent. When she first performed on Britain's Got Talent, it was the first time that she had sung in public since the death of her mother. She said in her initial performance that she wanted to be as successful as Elaine Paige.

After her final performance, singing 'Memory' from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, Susan Boyle came second in the talent contest, losing out to the dance troupe Diversity. The judges of the show were Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell. The UK press paid great attention to Susan's mental well-being and the day after the Britain's Got Talent final, she was admitted to The Priory; a private psychiatric clinic in London.

Susan Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released in November 2009. The album featured her debut single, which was a cover of the Rolling Stones' 'Wild Horses'. The album became the fastest-selling UK debut album (outselling Leona Lewis, who previously held the title) of all time and went straight to number one in the UK. The album fared similarly well, only narrowly missing out to Taylor Swift to become the biggest selling US album of 2009.

A number of US TV shows have made reference to Susan Boyle (also nicknamed Su-Bo in the press), such as South Park, The Simpsons and 30 Rock.

Back to top

Susan Boyle Picture Gallery

susan boyle performing live in concert 060414
susan boyle performing live in concert 060414
susan boyle performing live in concert 060414
susan boyle performing live in concert 060414
susan boyle performing live in concert 060414

More Susan Boyle Pictures

Back to top

The Latest Susan Boyle News

'britain's Got Talent' Breaks Guinness World Record For 'most Successful Reality Format'

7th April 2014

Britain's Got Talent has set the Guinness World Record for being the most popular reality television format in the world,...

Susan Boyle Explains Betting Shop Job

10th March 2014

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has explained her decision to apply for a job in a betting shop at the beginning...

Susan Boyle Gives Up French Fries To Raise Money For Charity

6th March 2014

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has given up her favourite snack for the Christian festival of Lent to raise funds for...

Susan Boyle Lands Tv Role

24th February 2014

Scottish singer Susan Boyle is expanding her acting career after landing a role in a new Tv drama.The star made...

Susan Boyle Applies For Minimum-wage Job At Ladbrokes Bookies

27th January 2014

Susan Boyle has reportedly applied for a minimum wage job at her local branch of Ladbrokes bookmakers. The Scottish singer...

More Susan Boyle News

Back to top

The Latest Susan Boyle Press Releases

Susan Boyle Announces New Album 'Standing Ovation' Released 19th November 2012

5th October 2012

'Standing Ovation' is the highly anticipated...

More Susan Boyle Press Releases

Back to top

Susan Boyle Related Artists

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Britain's Got Talent

Britain's Got Talent

Back to top

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Comments