Homeless Russian Singer Offered Recording Contract After Viral Singing Video

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Homeless Russian Singer Offered Recording Contract After Viral Singing Video


Grammy-nominated music producer Joel Diamond offered a homeless woman a recording contract after seeing her viral footage singing in a Los Angeles subway.

An LAPD officer filmed Russian-born Emily Zamourka as she showcased her singing a remarkable rendition of Puccini’s "O mio babbino caro" last week. The officer shared the footage online, as it went viral and has gained 996,000 views since.

Internet media company UNILAD said Zamourka has "astounded social media users" and many are urging for the Russian to be made a professional opera singer.


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Diamond, who has produced 36 Gold and Platinum recordings as well as over 54 recordings on the Billboard Charts, was among the people that the subway singer has impressed. Instead of simply retweeting the video, the music producer took another step and offered Zamourka a chance for greater fame.

A TMZ report says Diamond made an offer letter for the singer in hopes of producing a "huge classical/EDM crossover hit record for the subway soprano." The deal is one initial record titled "Paradise" under Silver Blue Records—the producer's label.

UNILAD reported that there is still no news whether Zamourka has accepted the proposal, which is just one of the many great opportunities for the subway singer since the release of her video. The online media company added that the woman also got an offer to perform at an Italian heritage event in Los Angeles on Saturday night.


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Zamourka said her homelessness is the result of years of financial difficulties and critical health problems, forcing her to sleep wherever she can while surviving on $400 government aid a month.

Some people found the footage too good to be true and even speculated that the Russian was a trained actor "planted on the platform to maximize social media attention," UNILAD said.

However, spokesperson Branimir Kvartuc said such responses are suggestive of the association between homelessness with drug addiction or mental illness.

"Way too many people have categorized the homeless as a certain kind of class," he said, as per the Los Angeles Times. "That’s not the case. The majority of people are just people."



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