Sam Bailey would sing at the men’s prison where she worked, but she always dreamed of singing as a career. With the encouragement of her husband, the 36-year-old mother of two got up the courage to audition on the X Factor a few years ago. She was initially nervous about the audition, wondering if her age or appearance would hinder her chances. “I think I’m a bit too old for it all now, but I can least try,” Sam said to her husband before the audition. And try she did!
She picked a difficult song for her audition – Listen by Beyonce – and blew it out of the park. All four judges gave her a standing ovation at the end of her performance. “Sam, where did that voice come from. I wasn’t expecting that at all,” one judge said. “Your voice is incredible…well done” said another. Her efforts landed her a spot on the show where she impressed the audience so much that she went on to win the show!
Check out her emotional audition and how her incredible journey began in the the video below. Her story is a great example that if you have a dream, it’s never too late to try to make it come true!