Homeless opera singer gives first stage performance after going viral
Last month, the world was stunned when the LA Police Department posted a video of a homeless woman singing.
The woman in question, Emily Zamourka, 52, was filmed at Koreatown Metro station in Los Angeles. In the video, which showcases her angelic voice, she can be seen holding all of her worldly goods in plastic bags and a shopping trolley.
To see Zamourka's first performance since going viral, check out the video below:
The singer reportedly became homeless three years ago after a thief stole and shattered her violin, destroying her livelihood as a street performer.
"This is my chance of telling people the real me, who I was the whole time. People took me the wrong way every time they saw me on the buses, on the trains anywhere," she said of the viral fame the police department's video has brought her.
"A lot of people (literally) beat me up. And they were thinking of me, different. Every time I felt so hurt."
To put how impressive the 52-year-old's performance was into context, she's now been offered a major record deal.
This is the incredible moment that changed Emily Zamourka's life forever:
When the video went viral, many people wondered if Zamourka was a professional opera singer, but she insisted that she is not.
"It's not easy, so that's why today I will apologize in front of everybody because they probably thought I'm going to bring a [bigger] repertoire or something. It's going to be the same song that they know me from the subway [for]."
Zamourka gave her first performance since the viral clip at the 'Little Italy' celebration in San Pedro, which she was invited to perform at by politician Joe Buscaino.
The 52-year-old is now hoping that the publicity her voice has received will lead to bigger and better things as she is "ready to work".
"I'm already working, and it feels great," she said.
Ultimately, Zamourka hopes that her story will change how homeless people are viewed, adding: "Every homeless person deserves to be seen, deserves a chance."