Susan Boyle Audition Tape from 1995 Uncovered
04/28/2009 AT 11:15 AM EDT
Only, that time, Boyle wasn't ready for the spotlight.
Shortly after that attempt, Boyle undertook lessons with vocal coach Fred O'Neil, who teaches about five miles from Boyle's home in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland.
O'Neil tells PEOPLE that, even back then, Boyle didn't need much help from him, only "fine-tuning." Of her current recognition, O'Neil says, "No one deserves it more. She's a good singer, and it's great to see her rewarded. She totally deserves it. She's a great natural singer."
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