Il Divo is made up of (from left to right): David, an all-American opera singer; Carlos, a Spanish opera star; Sebastien, a singer/songwriter from France; and Urs, a rocker from Switzerland. Although they sing like they've known each other for years, they actually met for the first time just two and a half years ago. Now, Sebastien says he and his bandmates are like family. "We're like cousins now…[or] brothers."
Il Divo's first album, Il Divo, broke records around the world. Now, they're hoping for the same success with their new album, Siempre.
"I've seen you in concert twice with Barbra," Oprah says. "You were amazing. The hairs on my head were standing up…and [it takes] a lot to get them to stand."
David (lower right corner) says singing alongside Barbra was an incredible experience. "If someone had told me three years ago when we started that we would be on stage with Barbra Streisand … I would have just told them they were dreaming," he says.
So what's left for this talent to accomplish? Tyler recently bought a 75,000-square-foot television and film studio in Atlanta, making him the first African-American man to own his own studio. The team at Tyler Perry Studios is currently hard at work on two sitcoms and two films.
Tyler says he's filled his office with things that inspire him. On the wall is a framed photo of him and Oprah from the first time he appeared on her show in 2001. "It's a full-circle moment for me," Tyler says. "To sit there with you was nothing short of a miracle."
Tyler is grateful to have survived and says he learned to channel his pain through his writing. "I would say that to anybody who's thinking about [suicide], 'You never know where life is going to take you, so just hold on,'" Tyler says.
"Isn't it amazing how much pain you were in, and then you grew up to create a life that you make people laugh?" Oprah asks.
"That's why it's so important to me because everything I've done, all the movies, there are positive messages in them," Tyler says. "I take some criticism for them being so funny or so Christian-oriented or whatever, but a lot of the stories that I tell, it's just about people getting healed and moving on. That's just my own experiences that I've put into film and television and everywhere else."
After seeing the show, Tyler decided to reach out to Laveranues. "Anybody watching who has any spiritual connection could see how much pain he was in, and I had endured a lot myself," Tyler says.
Laveranues says Tyler's phone call changed his life. "He understood where I was coming from," Laveranues says. "He was basically just talking to me and letting me know, 'Look, I don't have any motives. I'm just here to help you because I see that you're in a spot that I was in my life before.'"
Tyler urged Laveranues to tell himself aloud that it wasn't his fault he was molested as a child. "The first time I did it I was alone so it felt kind of crazy, but … he said, 'You have to repeat that to yourself to let yourself know that it's okay, and I promise that it will make you feel better,'" Laveranues says. "It made me feel a lot better."
Tyler also encouraged Laveranues to write in a journal and learn more about himself. Although he bought a journal, Laveranues says he's not quite ready to start writing yet, but it's there for when he is. Laveranues now has a special message for Tyler: "I'm so proud to be a friend of yours, and I thank you for everything that you've done for me."
His $1 million donation paved the way for Perry Place, a 15-home neighborhood featuring outdoor areas for children to play and neighbors to gather. "I had to be here because I wanted to come and look at your faces, because you have come through so much stuff and I just wanted to say God bless you for making it," Tyler says.
Sherman and Florence, a couple about the same age as Tyler's parents, say they are eager to be on their own once again. "I told Sherman, my husband, I said, 'Babe, we going to finally get back to normal,'" Florence says.
Keanna and her three sons rode the storm out in New Orleans and have lived in three states since Hurricane Katrina hit. She says having a home again "feels like God's favor."
Tyler was especially touched that Clarence (above), the father of two little boys, will be moving into a home. Clarence works full-time while studying to become a college math professor. "Watching you with your children and watching you today, you speak to the possibility of so many fathers who are, should be taking care of their kids," Tyler says. "I absolutely applaud that."
Tyler throws a party complete with holiday train rides, gingerbread men to decorate and stockings to make for their new homes.
As if that wasn't enough, Santa's helpers from Target have gifts for every child! "Now who's been naughty and who's been nice?" Tyler asks.
Target will also give a $300 gift card to all of the 140 families in Oprah Katrina Homes across four states!
For more Christmas classics like "Ave Maria" and "Silent Night," pick up Il Divo's album, The Christmas Collection.