Footage of homeless woman singing on Los Angeles subway goes viral

Emily Zamourka was recorded singing a soaring version of “O mio babbino caro” by a Los Angeles Police Department officer last week

A homeless woman with a stunning operatic voice has gone viral, after catching the attention of a Los Angeles Police officer on a subway platform. The post said, "4 million people call LA home. 4 million voices...occasionally you appropriate have to shut and listen to 1, to hear one thing lovely". She moved to the United States at age 24, is a trained violinist, and used to teach piano lessons at a church and had up to 60 students in Vancouver, Washington.

Several GoFundMe campaigns have been launched by individuals and around $70,000 (£57,000) raised to help her find somewhere to live long-term - and replace her violin which she says was stolen three years ago. Sing in the subway, apparently.

KABC said Zamourka has no formal training as an opera singer and had been a teacher before she fell on hard times because of health issues.

The video of the pig-tailed 52-year-old immediately went viral and has been viewed more than 800,000 times, with those in awe hailing her vocals as the "voice of an angel".

Emily Zamourka's life was derailed two years ago after a thief snatched her precious violin, and although a good Samaritan chased the robber and got it back, it was damaged beyond fix. "I am sleeping where I can sleep". She said there are people in her life who feel sorry for her but she doesn't "want to be a burden to anybody".

"You know why I do it in the subway?" Exorbitant medical bills forced her onto the street, where she began performing to earn money. "Because it sounds so great".

Last Monday, Zamourka was reportedly offered a job. However she declined them, saying she needs to play a violin as particular because the one which was destroyed, KABC-TV reported.

City Councilman Joe Buscaino's office is paying Zamourka to perform Saturday evening at the opening of Little Italy, an area in San Pedro celebrating Italian heritage.

"I will be so grateful to anyone who is trying to help me to get off the streets, and to have my own place, to have my instrument", she said.

The toughen and recognition are "a miracle", Zamourka stated.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Google will launch Pixel Buds 2 soon
Some high-impact activities could also trigger the crash detection feature, but you'll have the option to tell it that you are OK. However, it's expected to be available only on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL phones out on October 15, 2019.

Rutgers fires football coach Chris Ash four games into season
He coached Rutgers to a 3-26 mark in Big Ten play, including three winless campaigns (0-9 in 2016 and "18 and 0-2 in 2019)". With the Rutgers job officially open, expect a lot of speculation that former RU head coach Greg Schiano will return.

UK police detain man who doused himself in flammable liquid outside parliament
A pro-Brexit protestor was right next to the man in the anorak when he doused himself with petrol. There were no injuries and the man was later detained under the Mental Health Act, police said.

Red meat unhealthy? Maybe not, after all
Most people who understand the magnitude of the risks would say "Thanks very much, but I'm going to keep eating my meat", said Dr. There are many non-vegetarians who are staunch lovers of red meat and it could be hard for them to give up red meat entirely.

Other news