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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.   Hallelujah
  8.   Who I Was Born to Be
  9.   Perfect Day
  10.   The Christmas Song
  11.   Cry Me a River
  12.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  13.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  14.   I Believe In Father Christmas
  15.   When a Child Is Born by Johnny Mathis
  16.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  17.   Little Drummer Boy
  18.   The First Noel
  19.   Do You Hear What I Hear?
  20.   Away in a Manger
  21.   You'll See
  22.   How Great Thou Art
  23.   Silent Night
  24.   Unchained Melody
  25.   I Dreamed a Dream
  26.   Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  27.   You'll Never Walk Alone
  28.   Amazing Grace
  29.   Angel
  30.   Mad World
  31.   I Can Only Imagine
  32.   Miracle Hymn
  33.   I Have a Dream
  34.   Imagine
  35.   Daydream Believer
  36.   When You Wish Upon a Star
  37.   Like a Prayer
  38.   What a Wonderful World
  39.   Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  40.   Abide with Me
  41.   Wish You Were Here
  42.   In the Bleak Midwinter
  43.   The Lord's Prayer
  44.   This Is the Moment
  45.   Out Here on My Own
  46.   All I Ask of You
  47.   As Long as He Needs Me
  48.   Bring Him Home
  49.   The Winner Takes It All
  50.   This Will Be the Year
  51.   Autumn Leaves
  52.   Up to the Mountain
  53.   Mull of Kintyre
  54.   You Raise Me Up
  55.   The Christmas Waltz
  56.   Memory
  57.   Someone to Watch Over Me
  58.   Lilac Wine
  59.   Both Sides Now
  60.   Always on My Mind
  61.   You Have to Be There
  62.   Proud
  63.   Somewhere out There by Michael Bolton
  64.   Angels
  65.   Send in the Clowns
  66.   Return
  67.   Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
  68.   The End of the World
  69.   May You Never Be Alone
  70.   The Impossible Dream
  71.   When I Fall in Love by Nat King Cole
  72.   Auld Lang Syne
  73.   Oh Happy Day
  74.   Bridge Over Troubled Water

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