Armenia 2015: Get to know the second Genealogy member
YEREVAN, ARMENIA – “Genealogy” will represent Armenia in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Out of six members in the group, we are pleased to announce that Tamar Kaprelian, a famous Armenian-American singer and songwriter, will be the second participant – representing continent America.
Since 2010, Tamar has released a full length album titled “Sinner or a Saint” with Interscope Records and a very personal EP titled “California” with Killer Tracks. Tamar is currently residing in New York City and with honest and uplifting songs; she takes listeners on a journey across the arcs of relationships and personal growth. A more in depth biography and images of Tamar are attached to this E-mail.
Armenian Public TV Company has announced earlier that “Genealogy” will be uniting the new generation of Armenians spread throughout five continents (Europe, Asia, America, Africa, and Australia) around the world. The group consists of six artists with Armenian origin – 6 destinies but 1 story.
The first announced member of “Genealogy” was famous Armenian-French singer Essai Altounian; representing continent Europe. New generation will sing “Don’t Deny.” See Genealogy’s official logo attached to this email. On February 23rd the third representative of the group “Genealogy” will be announced.
INFORMATION ABOUT TAMARA
Tamar Kaprelian is an Armenian-American singer and songwriter currently residing in the New York City, USA. With honest and uplifting songs, Tamar takes listeners on a journey across the arcs of relationships and personal growth.
Being born in the USA to Armenian parents, Tamar Mardirossian chose her mother’s maiden name, “Kaprelian,” in honor of her grandfather who passed away a few years before her career began. Tamar is incredibly proud of her heritage and is eager to talk about her Armenian roots. On her mother’s side – her great-grandparents were from Old Armenia. Her grandfather, Girair Kaprelian, was born in Kharpert, and her grandmother, Hasmik Kaprelian, was born in Mousel. They owned a successful textile manufacturing business in the Middle East. On her father’s side – her grandfather George Mardirossian chose Victoria Ewin as his life partner and resided in Manchester where they owned an Armenian hotel/restaurant. Tamar’s interest in music began when she discovered the works of Billy Joel and Paul McCartney at a young age, although she has been influenced by classic Disney films earlier. Tamar started writing songs when she was 14, however she did not play any musical instruments. She began playing the piano without formal training, and learning by simply picking up the instrument solely by ear. That gave Tamar the opportunity to put down the melodies she was writing and singing into a little recorder. Through a story of inspiring discovery, Tamar Kaprelian competed in an online contest run by the band, One Republic, in March, 2008. Through YouTube, the contest aimed to choose the best cover of the band’s hit song “Apologize.” As a reward, Ryan Tedder brought Tamar to the attention of Interscope Records, which signed her shortly afterward. Wax Ltd produced her song “New Day,” and it went on to become her debut album’s first single. “New Day” was featured in various television programming, including the fifth season finale of the hit MTV series “The Hills” and the promo for ABC Family’s “Huge.” Tamar Kaprelian released her first studio album, “Sinner or a Saint,” on Interscope Records in August, 2010. It represents a classic pop album of thought-provoking, hopeful, playful, and honest songs. It’s a coming-of-age record that chronicles Tamar’s life, relationships, and her utter determination to create an album that is real and true to herself, both personally and artistically. Her next project, an EP titled “California,” was released on June 19, 2012. Co-written by producers Xandy Barry and Wally Gagel, “California” was one of the first released from Universal’s Killer Tracks Artist Series. The Killer Tracks Artist Series is an innovative and non-traditional platform created to help artists reach new audiences and explore new revenue opportunities. Tamar’s “California” EP also scored her additional TV placements on 90210 and The Hills. Returning back to the studio with producer Ryan Perez-Daple, Tamar is wrapping up her follow-up EP with Killer Tracks, available in May 2015. The untitled 5 song EP will include 3 original songs from Tamar, as well as covers of “Summer,” “Highland Falls” and “Don’t Ask Me Why” by Bill Joel.