Susan Magdalane Boyle (born 1 April 1961) is a Scottish singer who came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain’s Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
Boyle’s initial appearance on the talent show fired public imagination when her modest stage introduction left audience, viewers and judges alike unprepared for the power and expression of her mezzo-soprano voice. Before she had finished the song’s opening phrase a standing ovation for Boyle had erupted. An international media and Internet response coincided. Within nine days of the audition, videos of Boyle—from the show, various interviews and her 1999 rendition of “Cry Me a River”—had been watched over 100 million times. She eventually finished in second place on the show behind dance troupe Diversity.
Boyle’s debut album, I Dreamed a Dream (2009), instantly became the UK’s best-selling debut album of all time, beating the previous record held by Spirit by Leona Lewis. I Dreamed a Dream is ranked fourth in its first week sales according to the Official Chart Company in the United Kingdom. Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US. In her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Wild Horses”. The success was continued with her second album, The Gift (2010), where she became only the third act ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year, and was followed by Boyle’s third album, Someone to Watch Over Me, released on 31 October 2011.
On 12 May 2012, Susan returned to Britain’s Got Talent to perform as a guest in the final singing “You’ll See”. The following day, she performed at Windsor Castle for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant singing “Mull of Kintyre”. In November 2012, Boyle performed with her idol Donny Osmond in Las Vegas, singing “This is the Moment”, a duet from her most recent album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage. Boyle played her first Susan Boyle in Concert solo tour in July 2013 with 7 concert dates in Scotland. She hopes to take her tour global in 2014. Boyle’s net worth was estimated at £22 million in April 2012. As of 2013, Boyle had sold over 19 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards nominations.