When Susan Boyle, an unassuming single recluse from a small Scottish village, decided to audition for “Britain’s got Talent” last week, she did not expect to become an overnight sensation. For the handful who have yet to hear about her, I’ve included the audition clip. (if you’ve seen it, please scroll to the rest of the article – with a special bonus recording at the end)
In less than a week, “Susan Boyle” is fast becoming a global house-hold name. At least anywhere there is an Internet connection. As of this morning YouTube videos alone of Boyle’s audition are topping a whopping 40 million hits – all combined, video clip distribution world-wide could easily reach into hundreds of million. Her Facebook Fan Page tops 323K fans and growing. This audition is reminiscent of last year’s Paul Potts sensation. Proving yet again, that the U.K. has many “diamonds in the rough” for the world to discover.
An Unassuming Life
You have to feel a bit sorry for Susan. She has lived a quiet, private life filled with personal trials. At 47, she has never married, “nor kissed”. She spent many long years caring for her ailing elderly parents, and being mercilessly teased by insensitive locals. She has lived in the same home, and slept in the same bedroom she was raised. Since her parents death, her only companion is her cat “Pebbles”.
Brave New World
At some point, this little lady chose to take a giant leap of faith out of her protective shell and into the big wide world. Furthermore, she ‘super-sized’ her leap. She actually decided to take a chance on singing for a large audience on live Television in front of three intimidating judges. That risk alone would have qualified as an amazing accomplishment worth celebrating! What followed, of course, makes the story even sweeter.
Susan has now been thrust into the bright glare of an all-out media frenzy! This week, I have viewed several of her subsequent interviews, including: CBS Early Show, and the BBC. Yesterday, she became the headline story on CNN.com. I sense she must be tiring of the same questions – and yet she continues to handle them with grace. Luckily, Susan also has been blessed with a sense of humor. It seems that if she can hold onto her true identity through all of the inevitible coaching , prepping, “make-overs”, and “re-inventing” to come, Boyle has a bright future ahead with limitless possibilities.
What makes Susan so appealing?
Yes, she has a beautiful voice. But there are many lovely singers in the world – some with far more experience & training, not to mention camera appeal, who never get “a break”. Thus, Susan must have something extra to offer. Here is my assessment:
Susan Boyle has become the heroine of the commoner.
Her life story of utter simplicity and basic mudane-ness resonates with all of us. She is ordinary. She could be you, or me. God has blessed her with an amazing talent which she was daring enough to share. Don’t we all have hidden talents we dream of sharing, but lack the courage, or keep procrastinating?
Perhaps Boyle will be the catalyst which so many have been waiting for.
The Lord appears to have a very exciting plan for Susan Boyle. I wish her a marvelous journey, and will certainly be rooting for her.
BONUS: Provided by the Daily Record. In 1999 Susan Boyle recorded a song for a charity CD. This was her first recording. Only 1,000 copies were made: