A homeless Russian musician who became known as the “Subway Soprano” on social media is offered a recording contract by Grammy-nominated music producer Joel Diamond, TMZ reported.
Diamond first learned of Emily Zamourka, 52, after the Los Angeles Police Department posted a video of her performing Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s famous aria “O mio babbino caro” on the Purple Line’s Normandie/Wilshire Metro stop in Koreatown, Los Angeles, California.
#FBF … My birthday party at Buca di Beppo in Encino…PS Just around the time that I produced David's first recording ever that broke him wide open in Germany as a recording artist and then ultimately around the world…on Silver Blue Records #TheHoff #Hasselhoff #JoelDiamond pic.twitter.com/SalyljpU0y
— Joel Diamond (@JDiamond20) August 23, 2019
He drafted an offer letter to Zamourka in the hopes of making a “huge classical-EDM crossover hit record for the subway soprano.” The first record will be called “Paradise” and released on Silver Blue Records, the record label he founded in 1973.
It’s still unclear if Zamourka will accept, according to TMZ .
She was invited to perform at the grand opening of Little Italy in San Pedro on Saturday evening, Oct. 5. Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office will pay for her time, transportation, and hotel room for the gig.
Zamourka was a trained violinist and pianist in Russia. She came to the United States at the age of 24 and taught before suffering from serious health challenges. She worked several jobs to make ends meet including playing violin on the street, according to ABC 7. After her instrument was stolen three years ago, she became homeless and began to sing after that.
“I have people that feel sorry for me, but I don’t want to be a burden to anybody,” she told ABC 7.
Although not classically trained, Zamourka said she does sing for her love of music. She was stunned to learn that she had become a social media sensation and hopes it may also be the key to changing her life.
“I want to thank that police officer who did that video, and I wanted to thank God that he inspired me to do that.”
Two GoFundMe campaigns have raised thousands of dollars for Zamourka to replace her violin and help her get housing and other services she may need. One GoFundMe page has surpassed $52,000 and the other tipping at $32,000.