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Susan Boyle

Amateur vocalist Susan Boyle became an overnight sensation after appearing on the first round of 2009's popular U.K. reality show Britain's Got Talent. Boyle, who was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland in 1961, caught the judges (and the world) off guard with her masterful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables, due in part to the unemployed and undeniably plain church volunteer's "salt of the earth" demeanor and country spinster back story. Boyle attempted a singing career in 1999, recording a handful of demos that showcased her rich and expressive voice, but chose to look after her aging mother instead of pursuing the dream full-time. Within hours of her appearance on Britain's Got Talent, Boyle was not only an Internet sensation, she was a world-wide phenomenon. Her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released in 2009 and reached number one on both the U.S. and U.K. charts, setting a record in her homeland for first-week sales. I Dreamed a Dream was more than an instant success: it wound up as the second biggest seller of 2009 in the U.S. and topped charts throughout Europe. Boyle delivered a second album, the Christmas-themed The Gift, for the holiday season of 2010. Her third outing, 2011's Steve Mac-produced Someone to Watch Over Me, featured a diverse set of hits, including takes on classics like "Both Sides Now" and "Unchained Melody," as well as more modern material from the likes of Tears for Fears ("Mad World") and Depeche Mode ("Enjoy the Silence"). A year after Someone to Watch Over Me, Boyle returned with the concept album Standing Ovation: Greatest Songs from the Stage, which featured duets with Donny Osmond and Michael Crawford. This was her first album not to debut at the top of the U.K. charts; instead, it went in at number seven. In 2013, Boyle devoted herself to Christmas, making her acting debut in the feature film The Christmas Candle and recording the seasonal album Home for Christmas, which was released in October 2013; it went gold in the U.K. Almost exactly a year later, Boyle released her sixth album, Hope, which spent 35 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Inspirational Albums chart. 2016's Wonderful World saw Boyle take on a genre-hopping set that included Madonna's "Like a Prayer," Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre," and a virtual duet with Nat King Cole on "When I Fall in Love." ~ James Christopher Monger
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Susan Boyle

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Susan Boyle

  1.   Song
  2.   O Holy Night
  3.   Don't Dream It's Over
  4.   Enjoy the Silence
  5.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  6.   Wild Horses
  7.   You'll See
  8.   Perfect Day
  9.   Who I Was Born to Be
  10.   How Great Thou Art
  11.   Little Drummer Boy
  12.   Hallelujah
  13.   Away in a Manger
  14.   Do You Hear What I Hear?
  15.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  16.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  17.   I Believe In Father Christmas
  18.   The Christmas Song
  19.   When a Child Is Born by Johnny Mathis
  20.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  21.   The First Noel
  22.   Cry Me a River
  23.   Silent Night
  24.   Unchained Melody
  25.   I Dreamed a Dream
  26.   Memory
  27.   Daydream Believer
  28.   When You Wish Upon a Star
  29.   Like a Prayer
  30.   Always on My Mind
  31.   Angels
  32.   When I Fall in Love by Nat King Cole
  33.   You Raise Me Up
  34.   Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  35.   Imagine
  36.   Miracle Hymn
  37.   This Is the Moment
  38.   You'll Never Walk Alone
  39.   Out Here on My Own
  40.   As Long as He Needs Me
  41.   The Winner Takes It All
  42.   Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  43.   This Will Be the Year
  44.   Return
  45.   Lilac Wine
  46.   Both Sides Now
  47.   Up to the Mountain
  48.   The End of the World
  49.   Mull of Kintyre
  50.   Abide with Me
  51.   Angel
  52.   I Can Only Imagine
  53.   Send in the Clowns
  54.   Someone to Watch Over Me
  55.   Mad World
  56.   Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
  57.   Proud
  58.   May You Never Be Alone
  59.   I Have a Dream
  60.   Somewhere out There by Michael Bolton
  61.   What a Wonderful World
  62.   Wish You Were Here
  63.   The Christmas Waltz
  64.   The Lord's Prayer
  65.   All I Ask of You
  66.   Bring Him Home
  67.   You Have to Be There
  68.   Autumn Leaves
  69.   Oh Happy Day
  70.   In the Bleak Midwinter
  71.   Amazing Grace
  72.   The Impossible Dream
  73.   Bridge Over Troubled Water
  74.   Auld Lang Syne

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