Columbia Records has announced the release of The Gift, second full-length album from the international singing sensation Susan Boyle. It will be available everywhere on Tuesday, November 9.
The Gift premieres ten new performances from the former “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant whose debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, sold more than 9 million copies worldwide since its release in November 2009. Like its predecessor, The Gift is produced by Steve Mac.
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The first full-length collection since the release of her 9 times platinum record-breaking debut, The Gift offers a seasonal repertoire of inspirational and secular songs united in theme and the vocal artistry of Susan Boyle, said Columbia Records in a statement issued today, Sept. 21.
Along with her selection of beloved holiday songs — “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night,” “Away In A Manger,” “Make Me A Channel For Your Peace,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Susan puts her stamp on some unforgettable pop classics including Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”
The Gift presents the debut of Amber Stassi, winner of the Susan’s Search online talent contest, singing a transcendent duet with Susan on “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Susan explained, “When making this album, I really wanted the songs to touch hearts. Music has always been a companion to me, particularly on special occasions. I wanted there to be a mix of songs that would flow with all our moods this holiday season. As much as the season is a time for reflection, it is also a time for fun and enjoyment with those closest to us.”
An unexpected pop icon, Susan Boyle rocketed to international fame when her performance of “I Dreamed A Dream” (from Les Miserables) on “Britain’s Got Talent” became the most watched YouTube video of 2009, with Susan generating more than 500 million YouTube hits, according to Columbia Records.