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Listen to How Susan Boyle's Christmas Albums Let Her Angelic Vocals Shine
From her duet with Elvis Presley to her hypnotizing cover of "Hallelujah," Boyle's holiday songs dazzle.
With one of the most awe-inspiring voices in the industry, it's no wonder Susan Boyle's Christmas albums are the perfect choice for getting into the holiday spirit.
The Britain's Got Talent legend has been delivering captivating performances since her rise to fame in 2008, and Boyle's two Christmas albums feature some of her most breathtaking recordings yet, with ncredible reworks of cherished holiday carols and traditional hymns. She has even starred in a Christmas movie, making her a certified specialist in keeping the vibes merry and bright.
Her mesmerizing voice never fails to delight, making her Christmas albums the perfect play leading up to the holidays.
Below, relive Boyle's Christmas albums to unwind and relax this season.
Susan Boyle's Christmas Album The Gift
Lovingly crafted as a festive medley of traditional carols, Christian hymns, and a couple beloved non-seasonal hits, The Gift is a true present from Boyle to music lovers everywhere. Released in 2010 as Boyle's sophomore studio album, The Gift boasts several treats, including her haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and her twist on "O Holy Night."
“I wanted there to be a mix of songs that would flow with all our moods this holiday season,” Boyle said of The Gift, as reported by Billboard. “As much as the season is a time for reflection, it is also a time for fun and enjoyment with those closest to us.”
The album also features a duet of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” with singer Amber Stassi, the winner of Susan’s Search, Boyle's online talent contest created to allow fans the chance to perform with the Got Talent icon.
Susan Boyle's Christmas Album Home for Christmas
In 2013, Boyle proved her breathtaking holiday hymns are the gift that keeps on giving with her fifth studio album, Home for Christmas. The holiday album was a smash, featuring a delightful rendition of "When a Child Is Born" with Johnny Mathis and an energizing collab with The Overtones for "The Little Drummer Boy."
"She’s an extraordinary artist — she’s an old school artist in that she can only sing what she feels in her heart," Boyle's longtime producer, Steve Mac, told HitQuarters. "She’s not one of those singers that can make anything sound good, it’s only if she feels the passion of it and understands the lyric. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with an artist that could do that."
Susan Boyle and Elvis Presley's Christmas Duet "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
Boyle's Home for Christmas also rocked the radio waves with her gorgeous twist on "O Come, All Ye Faithful," featuring a mind-blowing posthumous duet with Elvis Presley using samples from his 1971 recording of the song. According to Metro, she got permission to use Elvis' voice from his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, after AGT's Simon Cowell offered his support.
"It was actually Simon Cowell’s idea and he messaged Priscilla to get permission," Boyle revealed. "My dad and my whole family were Elvis fans and she gave me permission. I do sometimes feel his presence when I sing the song, but who wouldn’t? I think he would be quite excited about the duet."
Susan Boyle's Original Christmas Song "Miracle Hymn"
Also featured on Boyle's second holiday album is the original song "Miracle Hymn," which was featured in the 2013 film The Christmas Candle.
Boyle made her acting debut in that film as Eleanor Hopewell, a spirited woman who sings "Miracle Hymn" as the storyline's anthem. Set in 1890 and featuring angels, miracles, and ample holiday cheer, the film is a seasonal must-watch.
"I can't believe I'm making a film. I'm very excited to be a part of The Christmas Candle," Boyle told Screen Daily ahead of the film's release. "Everyone on set is a delight to work with and it's a fantastic experience to be part of the team. I’m really enjoying getting dressed in the period costumes and stepping back in time."