Singer Neal E. Boyd's life reads like the script to a Hollywood movie, one of those movies from the 1940s when rags-to-riches was a dominant motif and believing in a dream was enough to make it happen. In Boyd's case, that's exactly what happened. Born in the rural town of Sikeston, MO, the son of an African-American father and a Caucasian mother who separated shortly after he was born, Boyd was raised, along with his younger brother, by a hard-working single mom, so money was frequently tight or nonexistent. Always overweight, Boyd had a difficult childhood socially, but his love of music helped him through, particularly after he discovered opera. Blessed with a strong and expressive lead tenor voice, Boyd began singing in school choirs and stage productions, continuing to sing while attending college, working a variety of low-paying ...
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My American Dream 2009 My American Dream
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