A 52-Year-Old Homeless Woman Went From Singing On The Street To Landing A Record Deal

by Kelly Glass
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Subway singer Emily Zamourka wowed the crowds as her voice traveled throughout the Los Angeles area.

The world around the singer began to change after a video of her singing made its way around the internet. 

A Los Angeles Police Department officer recorded the singer and released the video of her doing what she does best. The video shows Emily singing while on the Koreatown train platform. She soon gained so much attention from the video going viral that she was invited to perform onstage for a brief concert during Saturday’s Historic Little Italy Sign Unveiling & Festa, which took place in downtown San Pedro.

“I didn’t have much time to practice, so I’m just gonna sing the same song I sang on the subway,” she said to the crowd in attendance, according to CNN. “That OK with you?”

The Russian-born singer expressed her overflowing gratitude and said it was an honor to be given the opportunity to perform in front of a wonderful crowd. The singer lived on the streets and was homeless for three years. Despite Emily’s struggles, she continued singing, and now her beautiful talent has gained her recognition and success.

Better yet, she was just offered a record deal!

Not only is this story inspiring, but it also shows you that dreams can come true. It may take some time, but no matter what, you never give up. We wish Emily all the best in her future endeavors. 

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