“Songbird Susan Boyle sells out” reads a headline as news got out that Susan Boyle, overnight singing sensation on Simon Cowell’s “Britains Got Talent” show, had been through a makeover. Her hair has been cut and given a semi-permanent rinse, her abundant eyebrows have been shaped – all done in the local Miss Toner salon in Whitburn, Scotland, at a cost of 35 pounds ($51). She is currently reported to be wearing a fashionable leather jacket and a Burberry scarf.

Susan Boyle, 47, previously described as dowdy, lives alone with her cat, Pebbles. She cared for her ill mother until she died a couple of years ago. She said, “I wanted to make this a tribute to my mother, so it was  something I wanted to do, so I had to get on with it. That’s where the courage came from, my mother.”

Now, having survived the qualifying portion of the show and globally famous, we await her next appearance scheduled toward the end of May.   Also, Susan says: “I’m going to be on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS and other American networks. I didn’t realize this would be the reaction, I just went onstage and got on with it.”

TheStar.com reports from Jackie Russell, manager at the Happy Valley Hotel on the village’s main street, Bathgate Rd., where Boyle has sung karaoke on a regular basis, that  she’s “a very quiet person, very unassuming … just a normal down-to-earth girl.”

“People in the village – it’s just a village, there’s only 5,000 people in it – but everybody knew that Susan could sing,” said Russell. “It just took a while for the world to hear her sing.

Susan Boyle Sings “Cry Me A River”

My favorite review of Susan’s media splash comes from British author, Joanna Bogle, whose work I have long admired. She writes:

Now comes the best bit. Susan Boyle is middle-aged, unmarried, a practising Catholic, born the ninth child in a large family. She spent many years caring for her elderly mother. She is jolly, with an infectious grin and a great cheery laugh. She epitomises a way of life that is routinely despised: hard-working, chaste, cheerful in the face of life’s everyday difficulties. She developed her singing talents with persevering dedication. Her lifestyle and the belief system which has nourished it are absolutely the reverse of the angry, self-regarding, me-first mentality which is meant to be the way to get ahead in modern Britain. Instead, she’s been formed by faith, family, courage, good humour, and honest work.

One blog comment read: “ I wish her all the best and only one piece of advice, get a good decent lawyer to go over your contract. Don’t get taken for a ride by the Mu$ic Machine.”

Susan Boyle has the talent and now she has the recognition. I think that anyone who has suddenly acquired fame and influence needs prayer. Her life will never be the same. Let us pray that as she “gets on with it”  she will seek to please both her mother and her God.

 

Here is her tear-jerking performance on “Britains’ Got Talent.