Local America's Got Talent winner doing it on his own now

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Neal E. Boyd won one of the first seasons of America's Got Talent.

Right after that, his star was shining brightly both inside and outside the heartland, but since then he has seen ups and downs.

"One of the main criteria that you try to do more than anything else is to stay relevant in the business and that is really the toughest part of being an entertainer," Boyd said.

Boyd said he doesn't live this glamorous life that many people think. He lives with his mother who was diagnosed with cancer.

The good news is they recently found out the cancer is in remission.

More good news for Boyd is he is close to his goal of money raised he needs to launch a Christmas album, something he is doing on his own now.

"We got together and said this has to happen and we wanted to make this thing happen for my mother so that she could hear it this year," Boyd said. "You don't know with cancer. The main thing is we've gotten this thing together. She listens to the tracks. She loves what she is hearing. She is so proud of her son just like she was with the first album."

Boyd said he plans on using this 2nd album to help the Kenny Rogers Children's Center in Sikeston, a place that very close to his heart.

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