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Viral homeless subway singer Emily Zamourka was offered a contract

A homeless woman who went viral after her angelic singing in a Los Angeles subway was captured on video has reportedly been offered a recording contract. Having been shared by the LAPD on Twitter, it has already been viewed more than 970,000 times.

Now TMZ reports that Grammy-nominated music producer Joel Diamond has offered the 52-year-old a recording contract with the hope of creating a “huge classical/EDM crossover hit record for the subway soprano”.

Zamourka told the Los Angeles Times that she travelled to the US at age 24 from Russia, where she learned violin and piano. She lived and worked in Missouri and in Washington state, where she offered piano lessons. Zamourka said in 2005, she suffered serious health problems from a failing pancreas and liver and had to be hospitalised.

She eventually returned to teaching music in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale and played violin on the streets for extra money. But several years ago, the violin, which Zamourka said was worth thousands of dollars, was snatched and broken.

“It was my income,” Zamourka told. ‘It was my income. It was everything to me.’

“It was everything to me.” Zamourka told that she played an electric violin for a while until someone pushed her off a bus and fractured her wrist. Zamourka said she fell behind on rent and was evicted.

“I am sleeping actually on the cardboard right now, in the parking lot,” she said. ‘I don’t want to be a burden to anybody.’ “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.”

Without her violin, Zamourka took to singing for a living in addition to receiving $400 a month in government aid, the Times said.

Why the subway?

Zamourka has no classical training, but she told the Times she used to imitate opera singers as a child in Russia. She likes the acoustics of the subway tunnels.

“You know why I do it in the subway? Because it sounds so great.”

Zamourka has had many offers of free violins as well. But she declined them, saying she wants to play a violin as special as the one that was destroyed

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