Yesterday Armenia announced that it will bring six artists of Armenian origin together to form “Genealogy”, its Eurovision 2015 supergroup. These artists come from five continents, and only one of them was fully born and bred in the Motherland. The preview video gave us a small hint in the form of a map, which you can see above. We can see highlighted cities — presumably New York, Paris, Addis Ababa, Yerevan, Tokyo and Sydney. Compare that with the list of artists published by OGAE Armenia, and you can start to form a picture of who the group will consist of. Inga Arshakyan, Tamar Kaprelian, Athena Manoukian, Vahe Tilbian, Essai and Stephanie Topalian certainly fit the bill geographically….
Inga & Anush, Armenia’s 2009 representatives, brought a dance ready folk-pop masterpiece, which sadly was lost in the point vacuum created by Norway that year. They sang in sync, and brought a memorable stage performance, utilizing traditional folk costumes and infusing them with an amazing, modern laser show. They are one of the most enchanting Eurovision duets ever. And now we may get to see half of the act again, as Inga will reportedly represent the sisters in the Armenian supergroup! Inga lives in Yerevan, so could be the Armenian-born act at the centre of all this.
Talk about “building bridges”. Tamar Kaprelian was born in 1986 in Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix to an Armenian-British father and an Israeli-British mother. However, she identifies completely as Armenian-American. She was raised in California and Georgia, and launched her musical aspirations after discovering the works of Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. Tamar currently lives in New York, which is another spot on our secret map, and it brings America into the game.
She’s obviously a huge OneRepublic fan, as she kicked off her career by winning their cover contest. Her cover of “Apologize” led to a record deal. Since then, she’s stalled a bit, having only released a single album and an EP. However, Eurovision can turn it all around for her.
Furthermore, Tamar seemingly outted herself as an ESC contestant on Twitter the night before the Genealogy announcement.
I know I’ve been away for a minute (musically).. But I have something awesome to announce tomorrow
— TAMAR Kaprelian (@TamarKaprelian) February 11, 2015
MTV describes her this way:
This savvy teen and goddess of the stage was discovered a few years ago and immediately sky rocketed into Europe’s dance clubs overnight with her phenomenal vocal range, stage presence and catchy pop/dance tunes.
From a very young age, she showed her talent in music and incredible ability in performing on stage. A true show piece indeed!
The nineteen year old is originally from Greece but has Armenian heritage. Digging a bit into her history, we also found more reason to suspect Athena Manoukian of accepting any Eurovision proposals coming her way. She competed in the Greek national final for Junior Eurovision back in 2008, where she placed seventh with “To fili tis Afroditis”.
Her Facebook page says that her homeown is Sydney and she was recently there working on her latest music video as well. Is this our Armenian Down Under?
We featured her in our recent Armenia poll, and she placed 15th, showing there is a real hunger for her.
Read more about Athena Manoukian
- Athena Manoukian’s official website
- Athena Manoukian’s official Twitter
- Athena Manoukian’s official Facebook
- Athena Manoukian in Eurovision 2015 Facebook page
Essaï is a French singer, songwriter and composer with Armenian origins. He composed his first song when he was 12 years old. As a student he performed in a Pop Idol band, and quickely gained popularity as a solo artist as he performed on countless TV and radio shows. Nowadays, he performs not only in France but also the United States. Is it his star, which shines brightly in Paris? We will know soon.
Vahe is a one hunderd percent Armenian, but he was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His music cannot be described by one word. He sings in different styles: rock, R&B, reggae, techno, Armenian, Ethiopian and even Latin music. He was nominated for a number of Armenian music awards, and in 2012 he released his album “Mixology”, which brought him a lot of success internationally. Will he be the one to bring a part of Africa to the contest?
Born to a Japanese mother and an American father in L.A., Stephanie Topalian has surprisingly made a name for herself in Japan. As a teen she sent her demos all over the world, and received the strongest response from a Japanese music producer named Joe Rinoie. The rest is history. Her songs, including “Kimi Ga Iru Kagiri”, have become huge anime hits.
And what do you think? Would you like to see these artists in Vienna? Do you believe the rumours? Let us know!