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Neal E. Boyd (frequently misspelled as Neil Boyd), a resident from the small town of Sikeston, Missouri, was the winner of the third season of America's Got Talent. Neal is an opera singer. Although he has performed at Carnegie Hall after winning a national contest conducted by college music teachers, Neal was not a professional opera singer before appearing on America's Got Talent. He is still not singing in opera houses but has many other things on his schedule.
Neal has released his first album, which is called "My American Dream." It is available online and in music stores nationwide. Unfortunately, the album has not received much media attention from what I can gather. It does have some interesting pieces, such as an operatic version of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA."
I would say that Neal has a great passion for music, and it shows in his live performances. I picked him and Eli Mattson to go to the Final 2 during their season of America's Got Talent.
When all the dust settled, Eli and Neal were standing right there in the Final 2.
However, my only issue is that Neal seems to be stuck somewhere between opera and other genres. This could be brilliant if he finds just the right style to be unique and stand out from the crowd, but I don't think he has quite perfected his niche. He is supposedly not proficient enough technically to be a regular opera singer in an opera house, but his voice does not fit perfectly into any other genre. Overall, he and his album are very ambitious and hearfelt, but the arrangements seem slightly unnatural in spots. Nevertheless, I enjoy the man's passion, and his good notes blow me away time and time again.
Neal has performed "God Bless The USA" on the "Regis and Kelly" show and a local show called "Good Morning Texas." I am providing links to these performances:
Neal E. Boyd's appearance on "Regis and Kelly"
Neal E. Boyd's appearance on "Good Morning Texas"
According to Neal's official website, he has been touring various military bases, and he talks more about this in the above "Good Morning Texas" link. His site also has a schedule link at the top, but posting is sporadic.
Neal will also have a live chat on October 6, 2009 over at LiveCloud.
For those just getting around to checking on updates of Neal, he announced a 10-city tour as special guest for Paul Potts. Potts is also an opera singer and won Britain's Got Talent shortly before Neal emerged and won on America's Got Talent. He posted a few messages in his forum about having a great time on tour, but his website did not post much other feedback about the concerts or schedule. He did provide this list:
July 6th: Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX – Nokia Theatre
July 7th: Houston, TX – Verizon Theater
July 9th: New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
July 10th: Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
July 12th: Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 14th: Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
July 15th: Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall
July 17th: Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata Music Box Theater
July 20th: Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre
July 21st: Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
Earlier this month (September of 2009), Neal apparently suffered some exhaustion and needed to take a break. He is apparently doing fine now.
Concert News: Neal will be performing in Poplar Bluff, MO, on October 17, 2009. The concert is slated for 7 P.M. at Historic Rodgers Theatre.
I wish I had more news to provide about Neal. I really think he deserved to win. But translating that into superstar commercial success is not an easy task. I suspect he is not having an easy time getting a great deal of promotion. Sadly, it seems that scandals and bad behavior are what get attention these days. We can blame the media for this just as much as anyone else. At any rate, this is an argument for another day.
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