Mystery LA subway singer identified as homeless Russian musician
The mystery woman who stunned Los Angeles subway passengers with her incredible voice has been identified as a Russian musician who became homeless after a run of rotten luck.
Emily Zamourka left thousands of people mesmerized when a video of her singing on what appears to be an empty platform in Koreatown was posted online by Los Angeles Police over the weekend and went viral.
The 52-year-old songstress moved to the US 24 years ago, and made ends meet by teaching violin and piano lessons — until she fell ill and couldn’t afford medical care, she said to local outlets.
“That’s when I became homeless. When I could not actually pay any of my bills and could not pay any more of my rent,” she told ABC7.
So the down-and-out musician began playing her violin on the street in downtown LA for cash, but the $10,000 instrument was stolen three years ago, Zamourka said.
“It was my income,” she told NBC Los Angeles. “It was my everything to me.”
Zamourka said she’s living on the streets and that “I have people that feel sorry for me, but I don’t want to be a burden to anybody.”
Though she’s not trained as a singer, Zamourka said she loves belting out opera in the subway.
“You know why I do it in the subway? Because it sounds so great,” she said.
She dreams of one day being able to work in music again.
“I will be so grateful to anyone who is trying to help me to get off the streets, and to have my own place, to have my instrument,” she said.
4 million people call LA home. 4 million stories. 4 million voices...sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something beautiful. pic.twitter.com/VzlmA0c6jX— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 27, 2019
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Sing in the subway, apparently.
A homeless Russian singer who went viral for her incredible performance just scored a major record deal
Emily Zamourka, who captured the hearts of Los Angeles subway riders and internet fans, has been offered a recording contract, TMZ reports.
Grammy-nominated music producer Joel Diamond tells TMZ he drafted an offer letter for Zamourka in the hopes of making a “huge classical-EDM crossover hit record for the subway soprano.”
Diamond says the first record will be called “Paradise” and released on Silver Blue Records, the record label he founded in 1973.
The producer first learned of the singer after the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted a video of her singing opera in a subway station.
The internet immediately fell in love with the 52-year-old, who became homeless after a run of bad luck. Zamourka moved to the United States more than two decades ago and was teaching violin and piano lessons, but fell ill and wound up homeless when she couldn’t afford medical care.
“I have people that feel sorry for me, but I don’t want to be a burden to anybody,” she told ABC 7.
Along with the record deal, two GoFundMe campaigns have raised thousands of dollars for Zamourka, one surpassing $52,000 and the other tipping $32,000.
TMZ reports she also scored a gig singing at an Italian heritage event in Los Angeles on Saturday.