Artists On The Spectrum | Susan Boyle
I’m an optimist and think our diversity and individual uniqueness brings inspiration and strength to many people. People on the spectrum have unique strengths in spades. So I’ve started a series entitled Artists on the Spectrum. I want this site to celebrate uniqueness, creativity, and fearlessly look at what it entails to be creative. My first article will be about the very first artist I read that had Aspergers, Susan Boyle.
Susan Magdalene Boyle is the Scottish Singer. We know her as the singer who blew away all of the UK and shortly after, the world with her audition on Britain’s Got Talent 2008. During her brief on stage interview, she showed classic Asperger/ASD traits, specifically her courageously inapprpriate comeback regarding her age. People judged the book by her cover and then, were absolutely gob smacked at the clear, focused, crescendoing, empassioned voice that rang throughout the auditorium. The transparency of herself and ego allows the message of the music to come through perfectly. Every time I watch this audition, I get teary eyed.
After the audition, what blows me away is what the middle judge said, “I think we’ve all been very cynical and I think that that’s the biggest wake up call ever.” This is what I believe what people diagnosed on the spectrum bring, a wake up call. Susan’s wake up call was one of crystal clear transparency and purity of message. What a beautiful clarion call she is.
In 2012 Susan was diagnosed with Aspergers and made her diagnoses public on a BBC interview in 2013. Susan’s first album, I Dreamed A Dream, became the UK’s best selling debut album ever! It was also the fastest selling album in the UK (Guiness Records). Susan was interview by Oprah in 2010. She has even sang at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Since her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, Susan has recorded over 7 albums with total sales over 23 million albums sold (2016).
I hope this article has inspired you. It definitely touched me writing it. So what are your thoughts? Are there any artists and/or creatives you know that are diagnosed on the spectrum? If so, please leave a comment. I may research and write an article on them in a future article. Also, if you know anyone who would benefit from this article, feel welcome to share it.