A perfect example of this is Mary Byrne, a supermarket cashier that appeared on The X Factor UK in 2010.
The 57-year-old cashier who hails from Ballyfermot, in the Republic of Ireland may seem like the lady that said to you “That’ll be £20 please” at the store last night, but as it turns out she is a lot more than that.
In the video below, she states: “I always sing at the till. I have to be told to shut up by the staff. But, what I really want to do is sing. I wanted to be a legend like Shirley Bassey or Tom Jones.”
Her supermarket staff was very supportive of her, and she was certainly a surprise to the judges. At the time, the judge seats were taken up by Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Katy Perry and Louis Walsh. And yes, even Simon was impressed.
Mary says, “I would love to be a singer. It’s only in the last five years I’ve got the courage back into me to go out and do it.”
“What’s the song?” Louis asks.
She replies, “My song is ‘I Who Have Nothing,’ by Tom Jones.”
“Big song,” he says, lacking belief that this lady can actually perform it.
“Let’s hope I do it justice,” Mary says as she prepares to sing the song. A few notes in, it became clear to the judges that this was no ordinary supermarket cashier.
Check out the video below, and be sure to share your thoughts on this lady’s voice in the comments below.