Susan Boyle - Cry Me A River - 1999 Recording (From The Scottish Daily Record Newspaper)
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A recording made ten years ago by the unlikely Britain’s Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle has been uncovered.
The sudden singing star’s spokeswoman confirmed this morning that an emotional recording of Cry Me A River which hit YouTube late last night is the 48-year-old Scot.
She reportedly covered the blues ballad for a charity album in 1999, partly funded by the tiny Whitburn Community Council in West Lothian, where she lives. Only 1,000 copies of the CD were pressed.
The surprisingly seductive recording for The Millennium Celebration compilation album drew another flood of tributes this morning, as Susan Boyle Mania continued a week after she was discovered on ITV’s Saturday-night talent show.
The frumpy but talented unemployed singer, who confessed last weekend that she had never been kissed, has become a world-wide media darling since her Britain’s Got Talent performance of the Les Miserables song I Dreamed A Dream became an internet hit.
Oprah Winfrey is apparently lining up an interview with the singer, who was complimented by Broadway icon Patti LuPone during an interview with the US programme The Early Show this morning.
LuPone, whose I Dreamed A Dream is widely considered the definitive version, told Boyle in a satellite-cross that she had “pluck”, as a raft of other US broadcasters and newspapers lined up to interview her.
Earlier this week, Hollywood actress Demi Moore confessed she had been reduced to tears by Boyle’s appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, telling fans about it on her Twitter blog.
Boyle was quickly written off by the talent show's live audience on Saturday night when she arrived on stage, drably dressed, and stumbled over her words as she talked to the judges.
Her admission that she would like to emulate the West End star Elaine Paige was met with scorn, but when she began to sing, the crowd turned. Many rose to their feet, along with judge Amanda Holden, as she delivered the bold and moving performance.
Boyle has since said she hopes that the way she surprised the Britain's Got Talent audience will serve as a lesson to society.
"Modern society is too quick to judge people on their appearances,” she said.
“There is not much you can do about it; it is the way they think; it is the way they are. But maybe this could teach them a lesson, or set an example.”
Her sudden rise to fame has surpassed even that of of previous Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts, who went from plain mobile phone salesman to successful recording artist.
The show's judge and music mogul Simon Cowell is reportedly working on a record deal for Boyle.