December 14, 2010
Posted: 12:09 PM ET
June 10, 2010
Posted: 09:45 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) – Singing sensation Susan Boyle is expected to perform for Pope Benedict during his visit to Britain, the Scottish church said on Thursday.
The Scottish spinster sprang to world prominence last year after winning a standing ovation on TV's "Britain's Got Talent" and her performance became an overnight internet hit.
Tens of millions logged on to YouTube to hear her belt out "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables," and since then she has gone on to top charts around the world.
She has also appeared on U.S. chat shows hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Larry King.
Now the 49-year-old former church worker, who once joked she had never been kissed, is in talks with the Roman Catholic Church to perform at a public mass to be held in Glasgow during the Pope's September visit.
"Negotiations are still under way but we expect Susan Boyle to perform as part of the Papal Mass at Bellahouston Park," said a spokesman for the Bishops' Conference of Scotland.
April 21, 2010
Posted: 11:52 AM ET
Susan Boyle, already the subject of two reverie-themed books (this past February’s authorized Dreams Can Come True, and the unsanctioned Susan Boyle: Living the Dream: The Biography of Britain’s Incredible Singing Sensation) will finally tell her own story in The Woman I was Born to Be, due this fall.
Publisher Atria has bought the U.S. rights to the 49-year-old Scottish songbird’s memoir for an undisclosed amount. According to Bookseller.com, Boyle said, “”When I strutted onto the stage for that audition, I was a scared wee lassie, still grieving for my mother, not caring how I looked. I think I’ve grown up a lot in the last year, become more of a lady, and I’m not so frightened anymore.
“I’m writing this book to try to show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and I hope it will benefit other people. My story demonstrates that you shouldn’t just look at the label, you should look at the whole person, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually, and I hope that telling it will show that dreams are not impossible, if you’ve got courage and a willingness to go on no matter what the circumstances.”
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