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Maya Wirz: From bus driver to Superstar

Updated on September 5, 2014

A New Singing Sensation

Ever since Susan Boyle took the world by storm after nearly winning Britain's got talent, she came second, most people believe she should have won, there hasn't been anybody else that has managed to amaze and astound us into staring at the TV open mouthed with as much shock and amazement. There have been many talent shows around the world with a similar format as the original, and every time the public turn on the TV to watch any of these shows, there is always the hope that maybe there will be someone else out there who will get us all talking.  Well wait no longer. Switzerland has found it's very own Susan Boyle. Maya Wirz, 49, is on her way to being an international Superstar. And for very good reason. She has the most amazing voice. Her first step into the world of singing started when she was 16 years old. She started to take singing lessons and by the time she was 19, she was being trained by a Hungarian coach. Over the years Maya carried on singing and then studied Opera, where she also learned some acting skills.

Maya Wirz

Phantom of the Opera

After attending a few interviews for singing and acting jobs, she began to realise that it was an expensive business trying to break into the world of entertainment. After a few auditions where she states that as there were more than 50 people at a time trying out for the same work, she began to get disheartened. But then her luck began to change and she was offered a role in the Phantom of the Opera in the 1990s in Basel. But obviously the money wasn't enough to make a living on, so Maya decided that she would carry on with her main job, driving buses in Liestal Northern Switzerland. She states that she practised her singing on the bus when all the passengers had left! She also took her truck test and passed, but driving a bus is still the main job that she has been doing up until the present.


After Phantom finished, Maya sank into depression and gave up singing for more than 8 years. But in 2005 her father died. While he was ill he told her that she shouldn't give up her dream, and said that she should start singing again. She had too much talent that shouldn't be wasted. Maya decided then that she wouldn't waste any more time and returned to singing. To get back her confidence and learn how to perform in front of an audience, she started to sing at weddings, nursing homes and other events. Eventually, after a few years practising her talent, she decided it was time to try her luck on the TV programme Switzerland's Got Talent.

You don't need to understand the words to know what the Judges are saying! Wow!

Going from Strength to Strength.

After watching Susan Boyle, Maya realised that that Susan's motto was correct. Never give up, it doesn't matter what you look like, or how old you are, someday, as long as you keep trying, you will get there in the end. Maya decided that she wouldn't give up her day job as a bus driver just yet, even though her popularity will surely take her far away from the life that she is living now. Always cautious, Maya says that even if she only goes onto making a few CDs or a couple of TV appearances she will be happy.

Earlier this year, Maya went on to win Switzerland's Got Talent. I am sure that nobody will be surprised to find that her life as a bus driver is probably over! This wonderfully talented lady has earned her place in the singing world.

I hope we will get to see her on English TV very soon.

Maya singing while driving a bus


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Integrity, yes she was great wasn't she?

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      6 years ago

      I do not watch reality shows, but that story is awesome and emotional. Maya rocks so hard and deserve so much recognition. I definitely voted up.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Mary, I just found her when I was looking for something on the Internet and thought she was so good I couldn't resist writing about her, yep never give up on the singing! cheers nell

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      Sister Mary 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hi Nell I love this story. Never give up ... eh? Sounds good to me if you'll forgive the pun

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, celeBrity, thanks again for reading it, cheers nell

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      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      A real and fantastic success story! Thanks for an awesome hub.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Jlava, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, lovelypaper, she is great isn't she? thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      Renee S 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      You can tell by her tears, she wasn't expecting so much enthusiasm for her singing. She's awsome. God bless her.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      7 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Stories like hers are always so inspiring! Nice job on the article.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Freya, thanks for reading it, she is good isn't she? good luck to her, thanks nell

      Hi, shygirl, I wish I could sing like this, but unfortunately I sound like a strangled cat! ha ha thanks again nell

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      7 years ago

      I could never sing like her...: ) But for an opera singer, she is good. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Freya Cesare 

      7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Wow! I got goosebumps and not shamed to say that I cried too while I heard her singing voice, realized that is the moment when her biggest dream come true and what it is mean for 49 years old woman. Such an inspiration! Thank you, Nell.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, prasetio, thanks as always, it is always great to see someone get their dream that they always wanted, I think she is great, take care nell

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share this with us, Nell. Actually I had never knew about Maya Wirz before. But I am glad to know about her from this hub. Life is unpredictable, this is a miracle and Maya is the lucky woman. Well done, my friend. My vote always for you. Cheers...


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Fay, thanks for reading it, she is amazing isn't she? cheers nell

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      That sound you hear is me giving a standing ovation. What an inspiration! Just goes to show...talent is everywhere.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      voted up/beautiful

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, lily, thanks for reading it, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, Audrey, so your not going to give it a go then? lol thanks again nell

      Hi, Tina, I bet you can sing, well, you can't be worse than me! hee hee

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Nell, that gave me goose bumps and I cried with her

      Thank you for sharing this talented person with me.

      I can sing like that, not!


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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Fantastic, Nell - I loved Susan Boyle's success story too and always like to think of how she got discovered and the judges' mouths hanging open....if only I could sing! Wonderful!!

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      lovely Nell, thanks for the bit of beauty..! lily

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Teylina, I totally agree, good luck to her, thanks nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Fossillady, lol you felt it too? thanks again as always, nell

      Hi, Ruby, isn't it funny how we understood exactly what was said, the audience's face said it all, I am so pleased when this sort of thing happens, thanks again nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Eiddwen, thanks as always, I love finding these sort of stories, it's great to see someone make it at last, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Alastar, I know what you mean, I get so fed up watching these shows and having to sit through 17 year olds winning this and that, especially when half the time they can't sing! lol so it is good to see someone older having the chance, thanks again nell

      Hi, Christopher, I quite agree, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      7 years ago

      Inspiring, and a good lesson for all. I, too, hope we get to see her here in the US some day. She's talented And smart!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Will, thanks for reading it, I just kept playing the video over and over, loved it, thanks nell

      Hi, Polly, thanks as always, I always avoid the Contest because I believe that you have to write one a day? not sure, and I know I haven't got time to do that, I might have a go soon, not sure, thanks nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm sitting here with tears flowing. Oh how beautiful!! Of course i couldn't understand a word, but the voice was amazing. I was watching when Susan Boyle made her debut on Stars and was blown away. Maya Wirz is as good or better. I'm happy for her. I hope we get to see her here in America. Thank you Nell.


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      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I always cry at moments like this!!!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Nell,

      What another hidden talent, but not hidden any more.

      The world is full of these hidden gems.

      Thank you so much for this one Nell. I loved it and i push all the buttons.

      Take care


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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      She certainly has got an amazing talent, and she deserves to go far, but in a limousine, not a bus.

      Thanks for bringing her to our attention Nell.

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      alastar packer 

      7 years ago

      What a talent. I always feel a certain satisfaction when an older person is discovered and in this case Switzerland then hopefully Britain like you said Nell, maybe even here!

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      7 years ago from US

      This is so great, there are not words to express the chances of this happening and especially with her not being young, there has to be the thought why didn't I do this years ago? Apparently the talent was always there. A wonderful story Nell, why didn't you enter it in the contest?

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Who doesn't love this kind of success story?

      Just great!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, SilverGenes, thanks for being so quick! I decided to check out the news from around the world and came across this, I couldn't believe it, I thought she was great, it is so good to see ordinary people get a chance to fulfill their dreams, thanks as always nell

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      7 years ago

      I got goosebumps listening to her! Wow! This is the first I have heard anything about her and I'm so glad you posted this here. I am so amazed at how much talent there is in this world and so thankful that we are getting to see it more and more thanks to programs like this. Thank you for the awesome lift to my day :)


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