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Genealogy interview, part 1: Get to know Mary-Jean!

Genealogy interview, part 1: Get to know Mary-Jean!
Eric Nocito

For the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Armenia will be represented by the newly created supergroup Genealogy, consisting of group members from five different continents.

Mary-Jean Anaïs O’Doherty Vasmatzian represents the Australian continent and has been kind enough to answer a few of our questions!


Hello, Mary-Jean! Thank you for taking the time to speak to us today!

How did you become a part of the Armenian supergroup Genealogy?
Armenian Public TV Company reached out to singers from the Armenian Diaspora to invite them to come to Armenia, to learn about their heritage and represent Armenia for Eurovision.



“I’m proud to be part of
the Armenian Diaspora”



Coming from the United States and Australia, what do you hope to add to the Eurovision Song contest?
I’m proud to be part of the Armenian Diaspora and which has flourished in every continent. I’ve devoted my life to the study of music, both as a flautist and as a singer and I hope to add my training and passion which was nurtured in the US and Australia.


Your song is called “Face the Shadow” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
For me “Face the Shadow” has a universal message of love and forgiveness. It is also about celebrating our Armenian Cultural heritage.


How would you describe “Face the Shadow” musically?
Armen Martirosyan is a brilliant versatile composer drew who from many styles : pop, rock, soul, Armenian folk and classical. It is at once a very modern relevant song and yet captures the Armenian Spirit and traditions.


What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
For being part of the band which brought them the winning song “Face the Shadow” and for the being the opera singer who sang her heart out for her mother country Armenia!



“I love how this contest brings
the world together.”



This is the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are you a fan and if so how long have you watched?
I am a fan and have followed the contest for quite some time- I love how this contest brings the world together.


Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs?
Abba’s Waterloo is definitely a favorite.


Have you ever visited Vienna?
I love Vienna-I really admire her beauty and culture.


If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
There are so many artists I’d love to collaborate with: I’d love to work with System of a Down. I think Serj Tankian has a brilliant voice and I’d love to be in a Rock Opera song. I also love Sia. I’d also like the chance to work with Guy Sebastian!



“I listen to everything!”



What music, artists, bands do you listen to yourself? Any favorites?
I listen to everything! Queen, System of a Down, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Muse, James Taylor, Sia, Katie Miller Heidke, the great opera Singers: Pavarotti, Callas, Sutherland and of course my teacher Arax Mansourian.


How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?
I love walking in a beautiful park enjoying nature.


Besides music, what keeps you happy and motivated in life?
My family and friends :)


Are there any causes that you are passionate about and/or involved with?
I sing in various charity concerts for a range of causes including the Red Cross, the Heart Foundation and Children’s Hospices.


Do you have a message for the readers of
Thank you for your love and support!



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