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Neal E. Boyd

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Neal E. Boyd (born November 18, 1975) is an American opera singer who is the 2008 winner of America’s Got Talent, winning over Eli Mattson for the $1-million prize and a headline show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boyd’s operatic talent and potential were celebrated by both Il Divo (a European operatic pop quartet created by Simon Cowell) and Boyd’s idol, world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo, who, in a video response after Boyd’s win, proclaimed, “Congratulations, Neal. By participating in America’s Got Talent, you have brought to America’s ears, opera. So be proud of it. And I’m sure from today on that you are starting a brilliant career. All my best. Congratulations. All the best, Neal.”

A 33 year-old Aflac insurance salesman, he grew up in Sikeston, Missouri, where October 2008 was declared “Neal E. Boyd Month.”

He discovered operatic music in junior high school when his older brother Michael was forced to do a school project involving classical music and brought home a CD of the Three Tenors. His brother had little appreciation for the music, but Neal was so enamored by the passion and skill of the famous trio that he started practicing how to sing in Luciano Pavarotti’s and Placido Domingo’s operatic styles. A creative seed was planted, and Neal went on to study speech communications, political science, and music at Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating from both universities in May 2001.

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  • StarsOnlyHope

    Such a big fan of his. Loved him from his first audition. So glad he has a CD out finally!

    3 Jul 2009 Reply

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