On September 26, the Los Angeles Police Department posted a video of a homeless woman singing. She was singing Puccini’s O mio babbino caro at a subway station in the video.
Along with the 1-minute video, they posted the caption, “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.”
The video went viral immediately. Many Twitter users tweeted to America’s Got Talent and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to take note of the opera singer. Now, according to TMZ, “Grammy-nominated music producer Joel Diamond is offering her a recording contract.”
The recording deal will be for a record titled “Paradise” and will be released under Silver Blue Records.
The woman has been identified as Emily Zamourka. She is a 52-year-old Russian woman who came to the United States in her twenties. The homeless woman recently spoke to KABC about her singing and her fame. She said, “I do it in the subway because it sounds so great,” Emily Zamourka “I feel like I’m already there.”
The Russian woman also revealed that she used to earn money by playing her violin. However, someone stole it.
“That’s when I become homeless,” she added. “When I couldn’t pay any of my bills and couldn’t pay my rent. I’m sleeping where I can sleep. I have people who feel sorry for me, but I don’t want to be a burden to anybody.”
People have also set up two GoFundMe accounts for Zamourka. The accounts have surpassed more than $50,000 and the other going beyond $30,000.
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