Aidin Vaziri | Since her stunning “Britain’s Got Talent” audition tape went viral in 2009, Susan Boyle has become one of the world’s most popular singers. Now the Scottish singer finally makes her way to the United States for a 21-date tour in support of her sixth and latest album, “Hope,” which features her billowy covers of classic songs by John Lennon, Simon & Garfunkel and Pink Floyd, among others. We spoke with Boyle, 53, at her home in Blackburn shortly before the tour kicked off. She performs Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.
Q: This is your sixth album but first American tour. What took so long?
A: You have to pick the right songs and get yourself ready for the public. If you don’t do that, then you’re not going to do it right. You have to be careful.
Q: You take on some pretty iconic songs on this album, like John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” Were you at all intimidated?
A: I think you have to really push yourself to your absolute limit. You have to push your talent somewhere else. Those songs helped me do that. The theme to the album overall was inspiration. These songs all fit that theme.