Christmastime is near, and celebrities are putting out their Yuletide singles. They're also appearing on late night shows to serenade the audience. But sometimes, it's not the latest hits that should only be applauded and remembered on Christmas.
Back in November 2013, Scottish singer Susan Boyle appeared on the Paul O'Grady Show and sang a Christmas classic. It wasn't an ordinary performance by any means. In fact, Susan was joined by other singers and a musician on stage. The performance left the audience in awe.
The performance was inspired by Susan's promotion of her fifth album, "Home for Christmas." It wasn't just the title that was heart-warming. Susan took to the stage and started singing the soulful Christmas song. She was backed up by several singers, whose angelic voices gave the performance a more awe-inspiring feel to it. Behind them were four drummer boys who gave the song a marching beat.
It was clear that this wasn't an ordinary "Little Drummer Boy" rendition. Susan stood in the middle of the stage, sometimes moving her arms. Other than that, she stayed still, giving the performance a more solemn air. The background was a screen that showed a bright and clear night sky.
Then, in the middle of the performance, Susan turned to her left, and a musician stepped into the spotlight. A piper appeared, blowing into bagpipes and wearing a traditional Scottish kilt. The powerful music, in the tune of the "Little Drummer Boy," combined with the choir on Susan's right, made the performance a hair-raising one.
Everyone who saw the performance live and on TV were amazed. YouTube viewers loved the progressive build up of the music, from the subtle marching beat to the loud and powerful bagpipes. The performance has been viewed more than a million times, and the "Home for Christmas" studio album went on to sell thousands. It was in the top three of the Billboard Top Holiday Albums and the Official New Zealand Music Chart when it came out.
After a few more solo notes by the piper, everyone else joined in -- Susan, the choir, and the drummer boys. It was a beautiful symphony, and the screen in the background changed! It started to show a snowfall. Susan finished the Christmas song with only the drums accompanying her. As soon as the last note was over, the audience erupted into applause and cheers.
Susan Boyle started as a contestant on Britain's Got Talent when she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables." Later that year, in 2009, she released her first album, which became the best selling debut album of all time in the United Kingdom. This performance also brought to the spotlight Jonathan Graham, a bagpiper for hire, who travels around the country and the world sending shivers down people's spine with his talent.
This performance was certainly an amazing one, and it will be remembered for a long time.