Friday, August 13, 2010

Brewerton woman wins chance to record with Susan Boyle

I Dreamed A DreamAmber Stassi, 32, of Brewerton got the surprise of her life Thursday when Susan Boyle called to tell her that she'd won a contest to sing a duet on Boyle's upcoming album. Stassi had heard about the contest on the Today show and recorded a video of "Silent Night" in front of an ambulance at TLC Brewerton where she works. Stassi then submitted the video to the contest's YouTube site.

Boyle, who was runner-up on last season's Britain's Got Talent after her audition video went viral, wanted to give someone else the same opportunity she was give.

On her Web site Boyle said, “I never thought so many people would want to take part in this, and I want to thank everyone. It was very hard to choose a winner as there are so many talented singers around the world. Amber really stood out for me though. I enjoyed her audition clip very much; she has a lovely, very beautiful voice.”

Stassi's response is also posted on Boyle's site:

I can’t believe I just spoke to Susan Boyle, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would win this competition. To receive this gift from Susan is truly a blessing and if I can pass this gift on to someone else who needs it like I did, that would be perfect. We have had some hard times, if my father was here now he would be so proud, I know he’s here in spirit, but this is a chance to give my kids a good memory and maybe a chance at a better life. I can’t believe I spoke with Susan - and that Susan and even Simon Cowell has seen my audition! This is crazy!

In late August, Stassi will fly to London to record "The Gift" with Boyle. A camera crew from Sony Pictures and Simon Cowell’s Syco TV company have already been to Brewerton to film Stassi and her family.

Here's the video.


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