A Message From Susan
8th February 2013
Firstly I want to wish you all a belated Happy New Year. I hope you all had a great Christmas with your friends and family and 2013 has been good to you all so far.
Sorry that it has been awhile since I updated you on all my news but it has been rather busy over the past few weeks, so here’s a little update from me now.
Christmas and New year were great and I enjoyed my time with the family and also seeing friends. It is the reason I love Blackburn, I can go home and just relax as normal. Sometimes it feels like nothing has changed.
I’d like to thank all of you for the cards and gifts that you sent me. I wish I could respond to each and everyone of you and I do try but I wanted you to know how grateful I am for the time and effort that you spend spoiling me. I have some of the best fans in the world and I know I’m incredibly lucky. So thank you.
After Christmas I went away to Tenerife for a few days for some much needed sun. So whilst the rest of the UK was in minus temperatures and struggling with snow I was happy in the warmth, sunning myself by the pool! It was a great little break and the relaxing and pampering is just what we all needed after a busy few months.
Landing back in the UK was a bit of a shock to the system, cold and snowy but thankfully we were landing in London as on the Sunday I was taking to the O2 stage with none other than my idol Donny Osmond.
It was great fun singing with him and a good reason to return to the cold, because I would have happily stayed in the sun if I wasn’t returning for him!
To say it was an experience was an understatement, in fact I’ll let you into a funny little story.
We rehearsed our songs and I was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show. So once rehearsal had finished we spent some time back at the hotel and killing time before going back to the O2 to get ready for the performance.
I was sitting in the dressing room with rollers in my hair having just finished having my make up done, in my dressing gown, when suddenly there was a chap on the door. It was a member of production telling me to get to the stage. Cue mass panic, the fastest outfit change known to mankind and a marathon run down the long corridors of the O2 to get to the stage. As we were running in convoy the rollers were being pulled out and the last nail painted. It was hilarious!
What had happened was my performance had been changed to the first half but unfortunately I didn’t know as the message wasn’t passed on. That’s why when poor Donny called me and said “Please welcome Susan Boyle”, well I was in the dressing room frantically trying to get my frock on and run in heels and get to the stage. Donny the most professional man I know handled it perfectly and we had a good laugh once we came off stage.
I think the opening notes were a bit breathy because, well, I was out of breath! I still chuckle now when I think about it. It was like something out of a comedy sketch.
After the performance with Donny, I was off to LA to take part in a song for Miracle Whip and their ‘Keep An Open Mouth campaign’. It was all a bit of fun and a giggle to be taking part. It was also fun to sing alongside people like Lance Bass and the Village People. I had a great time and it’s not everyday you can say you introduced an N’Sync boy to a proper pot of tea!
January was definitely the month of going from hot to cold to hot to cold! I left the warmth of LA and headed straight back to Scotland and it’s sub zero temperatures!
Once back I started trying to think of ideas for album 5 and thinking about which songs I’d like to feature on this album! I’m not giving anything away just yet. It’s good to have a few surprises!
Last Friday, I was able to sing with Donny again, this time in my homeland of Scotland. I was unbelievably proud to sing at the SECC in Glasgow. It brought back memories, because as a teenager, I skipped school and went to see Donny in Glasgow. I can’t tell you how much trouble I was in with my parents when I returned! Here decades later, I am performing with him on stage to the Glaswegians! The most honest audience in the world. It was [jam] fantastic!
After my performance, I got Donny back on stage to give him a little gift to say thank you for inviting me to be a part of his UK tour. He is now the proud owner of a Glasgow tartan scarf, some Scottish gifts that everyman should have and also a Boyle tartan tie! That’s right, I have my own tartan now and it’s in full production.
What meant so much to me was that for the second half of the show Donny wore my Boyle tartan tie. It suited him!.
I will try and keep you up to date more frequently. I am busy these days so bear with me. Just because I don’t write doesn’t mean I have forgotten you all! I haven’t and wouldn’t!
I shall try and keep you all up to date with my adventures! There will be plenty of them in 2013 and I can’t wait. ‘Bring It On’ as I say!