The homeless woman, Emily Zamourka, who went viral after she was filmed singing in a Los Angeles subway has been offered a recording contract.
A video of Zamourka performing Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” was tweeted by a police officer last Friday and has since racked up more than 974,000 views, leading to calls for her to become a professional opera singer.
Los Angeles Police Department captioned the video: “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.”
It was revealed after the clip went viral that Zamourka, 52 is a classically trained musician who moved to the US from Russia more than 20 years ago. She was made homeless after falling ill and racking up huge medical bills.
Her prized $10,000 violin was reportedly stolen while she was living on the streets.
Now, Grammy-nominated music producer Joel Diamond is offering the singer a recording contract with plans to create a “huge classical/EDM crossover hit record for the subway soprano”.
The entertainment news site says the deal would be for an initial album called “Paradise” to be released on Diamond’s label, Silver Blue Records.
This is far from the only promising development for the talented Russian emigre. She is scheduled to sing Saturday evening at the opening of an event celebrating Italian heritage in Los Angeles.
To top it off, two GoFundMe campaigns have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Zamourka, one surpassing $52,000 and the other collecting $32,000.