SINGING sensation Susan Boyle made a surprise appearance in Edinburgh last week - and revealed she is set to take on the world of jazz music.
The 52-year-old, who has already sold almost 20 million albums, said she was looking for a big new challenge after tackling her first major live tour, starring in her first film role and recording an album of Christmas songs.
Boyle, who staged several shows in Scotland earlier this year, said she was already planning her first major tour of the UK and Ireland in 2014.
She said she was hopeful she would get the chance to walk down the red carpet at a Scottish premiere of her film debut, The Christmas Candle, in which which she appears along with on-screen love interest James Cosmo in a 19th century festive costume drama.
Boyle said: “I was a bit nervous before the tour as it was the first time I’d done anything like that. It was exciting and challenging, but it was a lot of fun as well. You wouldn’t want to do it without that element. There are plans to do more touring in the spring, around the UK and Ireland, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for those.
“I’d love to do a jazz album next time. It would be an entire break from what I’m use to doing.
“It’s a challenging area and very specialised. Jazz is something I would really like to be involved in. Watch this space - anything can happen.”
Boyle, whose Christmas single will be a digital collaboration with Elvis Presley on the classic song O Come All Ye Faithful, has just released a whole album of festive material, and is also awaiting the release of The Christmas Candle, which also features fellow Scots John Hannah and Sylvester McCoy.
She added: “I’ve seen bits of the new film, but not the whole thing yet. It’s very odd seeing yourself in the movies.
“I’m hoping there will be a premiere in Scotland, but I don’t know if there will be at this stage, it will be up to the powers-that-be.
“I can’t say too much about it at the moment, other than that I play a church warden’s wife and do an awful lot of giggling. James Cosmo was a great guy to work with, very helpful and kind. I hope to go on and do more acting now.”