Anyone following Vahe, Stephanie, Inga, Tamar, Mary-Jean, or Essaï on social media is well aware that the group reunited this past week to rehearse, shoot postcard footage, and learn more about their Armenian heritage. On Monday, however, five of the members had another very important affair to attend to. The President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, personally hand-delivered the foreign-born singers of Genealogy an Armenian passport, effectively making them all Armenian citizens.
Essaï Altounian, the Genealogy member representing Europe, shared his joy on Facebook, stating:
Today I’m so proud to have become an Armenian citizen. I am honored that our President [Serzh Sargsyan] gave me the brand new passport with his own hands.
Tamar Kaprelian, Genealogy’s American singer, also shared her pride.
This happened today. Became an #Armenian citizen. Thank you Mr. President. I am beyond honored.
In a press release from broadcaster AMPTV, it was explained why the artists were granted citizenship.
Being of Armenian origin and carrying Armenian genetics, Genealogy members have been granted Armenian citizenship which they applied for earlier.
During the meeting, President Serzh Sargsyan showed his support to Genealogy members and encouraged the band for representing Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest. He highlighted the importance of unity and togetherness. “If we are all gathered around one goal we will always succeed. I am sure you will accomplish [this] because you are united and you are sharing one goal.”
Although the singers have returned to their respective home countries, we are excited to see them meet up and perform in Vienna next month!
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Photo: Essaï Altounian