For those of you who say social media is a waste of time, read on…
Emily Zamourka was shown performing a Puccini aria in a video tweeted by an officer in the LAPD last week, captioned:
“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 clip received 1 million+ views and after it went viral it was discovered that Zamourka was a classically trained musician who moved to the U.S. from Russia more than 20 years ago. She was made homeless after falling ill and racking up huge medical bills. (Her $10,000 violin was reportedly stolen while she was living on the streets.)
But after getting the attention of thousands, Zamourka soon had an invitation to sing at a restaurant opening and city officials were offering to find her a home.
Zamourka, who said she has been homeless in L.A. for around three years, told USA Today,
“I am so grateful, but I also wish that the kindness I am experiencing now I might have felt when no one knew of my singing.
Some people, because of my appearance and being homeless, were not treating me kindly,. Everyone deserves to be treated nicely. It’s a great feeling, and it will make a better world.”
And, according to TMZ, Zamourka caught the attention of Grammy nominated producer Joel Diamond, who offered her a recording contract.
The website says the deal would be for an initial album released on his label, Silver Blue Records. (No confirmation, so far, if the deal was signed yet.)
On top of that GoFundMe campaigns started for her by a good Samaritans so far add up to over $100,000 –and counting!
That gorgeous voice that was saved by a single video post.
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