Subway Singer Becomes Homeless After “debilitating illness” Goes Viral — Her Inspiring Story
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As the coronavirus outbreak continues and homeless people are at risk, here’s a powerful story about a talented subway singer who went viral after losing everything. Her name is Emily Zamourka.
Last year, video of Emily singing opera in the subway went viral. News outlets quickly picked up on the story, and interviewed Emily about her experience with homelessness.
Who Is Homeless Subway Singer Emily Zamourka?
Emily Zamourka is originally from Russia. According to local news, Emily previously suffered from a “debilitating illness” and has since found herself living on the street. She had no idea she had gone viral until her friend called her.
“You know why I do it in the subway?” Emily said of her singing. “Because it sounds so great.” Before this, she made money by playing violin. However, her life changed when her $10,000 violin was stolen and destroyed.
“If you only knew how much you destroyed me,” Emily said of the man who took her violin in an interview with TMZ. “You didn’t only destroy my violin, but you destroyed a whole entire life of mine.
According to the Daily Mail, friends of Emily have said she was classically trained in Russia. However, Emily herself has said that she has no formal music training. Either way, she’s clearly talented.
Where Is Emily Zamourka Now?
After her video went viral, Emily performed live at the Little Italy opening in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles.
In October, it was reported that Grammy-nominated producer offered Emily a recording contract. A GoFundMe campaign also raised tens of thousands of dollars for LA’s Downtown Women’s Centre to help Emily get off the street.
TMZ caught up with Emily shortly after this news. She said she hadn’t signed a record deal yet, but was “talking about it.” She also turned down offers to gift her new violins, saying she was waiting to find a violin “that I can fall in love with.”
At the time, Emily said she was staying with friends. It was later reported that Emily turned down the offer of a recording contract due to creative differences. She also reportedly did not collect GoFundMe donations. We wish Emily all the best.