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Susan Boyle, the 2009 feel good story

I’m sure you’ve heard of her by now (a big thanks to everyone I’ve ever known for forwarding me the clip of her now-famous performance because you know, I’ve never heard of the Internet before), but 47-year-old Susan Boyle’s surprisingly breathtaking and inspiring effort on Britain’s Got Talent reduced even the most jaded cynic into a tearful sappy optimist. Yes, including Simon Cowell.

But now we know that Ms. Boyle has at least a bit of singing history. Here is a recording someone discovered of Ms. Boyle killing it softly with her rendition of Cry Me a River on a charity album from 1999. What a voice!