The LAPD uploaded her performance which soon went viral. “Four 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 internet can often be a boon and at the same time, a curse. One can't help but notice how the power of social media can make your life and break your life within seconds.
However, sometimes we get to see the most incredible moments in life, thanks to social media. Well, in this case, we get to hear and see a homeless singer who is going viral for all the right reasons.
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
When Emily Zamourka belted out Puccini in her angelic voice in a near-empty Wilshire-Normandie Metro station, little did she know what was in store for her.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it all happened when an LAPD officer was so moved by her voice that he requested whether he could record the performance.
I’ve seen her for years on the Metro. I heard her once singing “Ave Maria” and thought it was a radio at first. Everyone has a story...this woman does too. I don’t know why she’s been homeless all these years, but she’s a human being...that’s all that matters— Kara Miller (@Kara37078289) September 28, 2019
However, Emily was a bit hesitant. But he pressed and later she agreed to it. “I told him, ‘Please don’t do it.’ I felt intimidated,” she said. “What do you expect with a police officer taking a picture of you?”
Following this, the LAPD took to Twitter and uploaded her performance which soon went viral. “Four million people call LA home. 4 million stories. 4 million voices,” the LAPD wrote in the caption. “Sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something beautiful.”
Take a moment and watch this. No story better captures the challenges so many in our country face, the dreams that afford hope through the darkest struggles, and why we must all keep our eyes, ears and hearts open to one another. https://t.co/6nd7tHdLZu— Rep. Dean Phillips (@RepDeanPhillips) September 30, 2019
And as expected, people fell in love with her melodious voice and wanted to know more about her.
According to the LA Times, Emily said that she learnt opera as a kid after imitating singers on TV in Russia. The now 52-year-old has said she has been going through tough times with financial troubles, health problems, homelessness. She even sleeps wherever she finds a spot and said that she barely survives on $400 a month in government aid.
#update Tonight hear from the subway soprano captured on camera in a #viralvideo by an #LAPD officer.— Leanne Suter (@abc7leanne) September 30, 2019
Her story, her song and her struggle at 11pm @ABC7 #subwaysinger #thatvoice pic.twitter.com/EHhklIEgTt
But looks like things are about change for Emily as she is now considered a huge star not only in LA but nationwide. People have been requesting her to pose for photographs, sign autographs, and whatnot. She is truly a star in the making.
But it hasn't been an easy ride for her at all. “I didn’t want to be dependent on anybody,” Emily told the Times. “I was having fun. I was learning English.”
No way!!!! I remember this lady! She spends much of her time feeding n taking care of injured pigeons found on the street. She has a huge heart for animals. She was always in the Glendale area.— Luis (@Duarte19er) September 30, 2019
She had also suffered from pancreas and liver problems in 2005 after moving to Washington. She later came to Los Angeles and once she recovered, she taught music and played violin in public for money. Sadly, her instrument was stolen three years ago. As reported by People.
“That’s when I became homeless,” Zamourka told KABC. “When I could not actually pay any of my bills and could not pay any more of my rent. I am sleeping actually on the cardboard right now, in the parking lot,” she added.
Why not do this for every homeless person? Every single person has a story— Gabriel (@gcobosjr10) September 30, 2019
“I am sleeping where I can sleep … I have people that feel sorry for me, but I don’t want to be a burden to anybody.”
Following her viral performance, a GoFundMe page has also been set up. People have raised more than $39,000, as of Tuesday afternoon, to get her off the streets. “My dreams are always there, of course,” Emily said. “Maybe it’ll come true this time.”