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Genealogy interview, part 4: Get to know Tamar Kaprelian!

Genealogy interview, part 4: Get to know Tamar Kaprelian!
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.

Tamar Kaprelian represents America, coming from USA. She has been kind enough to answer a few of our questions!


Hello, Tamar! Thank you for taking the time to speak to us today!

It is my pleasure!


How did you become a part of the Armenian supergroup Genealogy?

Armenian Public Television found out about me a few years ago after some of my fans created a Facebook page called—“Tamar for Eurovision.” It is such an honor to be a part of this special project. Especially since person in the group has a very unique musical style. Our voices, our musical backgrounds, our training is different. But what is amazing is that we are all a part of the Armenian diaspora. We represent a new generation of Armenians. And the two things that bring us together are our culture and our love of music.



“I love Eurovision’s concept this year”



Coming from the United States, what do you hope to add to the Eurovision Song Contest?

I love Eurovision’s concept this year— “Building Bridges.” I love the fact that I get to interact with different artists from other countries. For example, the Albanian contestant—Elhaida Dani—and I interact daily on social media. I love her song; I respect her as an artist and I think she is absolutely beautiful! I love that this event brings everyone together in a peaceful and productive way.


Your song is called “Face the Shadow” – what is your perception of the song?

“Face the Shadow” has multiple meanings. However, at the core, it is a song about love and about loving someone without inhabitations. If you’ve seen the video, the message behind the visual is also powerful. It’s about the new generation of Armenians taking the place of the older generation. The song is away for us to honor our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.


How would you describe “Face the Shadow” musically?

The song has a rock opera feel. It actually sounds like a song you’d hear in a musical. When I heard it for the first time, I thought of Les Miserable. The chords are complex, but the lyric is simple. Overall, it sounds epic and huge.



“I think the concept of
Genealogy is powerful”



What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?

I think the concept of Genealogy is powerful. Each member represents a different continent, but music is bringing us together. I hope that people will remember us for our performance—which I assure you will be fabulous—and for the message the band is attempting to convey: love, peace and unity.


This is the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are you a fan and if so how long have you watched?

I have been a fan of Eurovision since I was a little girl. My parents used to watch it every year. Also, one of my favorite artists of all time—ABBA—won Eurovision in the 70’s. So it is incredible to be a part of such a historic show.


Tamar Kaprelian eurovision 2015 armenia genealogy

Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs?

I LOVE Italy’s (Il Volo’s) song. It is beautiful. And those three can sing. I am also a fan of the Albanian song.


Have you ever visited Vienna?

I haven’t! So I am looking forward to it. I am also very into the food culture—I hear that Vienna has some incredible restaurants. It’ll be fun to do some eating there.


If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

That’s a tough question. But sticking within the Eurovision realm, I would love to sing a song with Il Volo. I think the concept of three dudes and a lady is pretty great… don’t you agree? We’d sing our hearts out!!



“My favorite artists are the songwriters
of the 60’s and 70’s”



What music, artists, bands do you listen to yourself? Any favorites?

My favorite artists are the songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s—Elton John, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Carole King and Abba. I always find that I am inspired, musically, by the classics. There is something about their songwriting that is timeless. And I love that quality in a song.


How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?

I am currently enrolled at Columbia University in New York City. That keeps me busy! But I am also very into fitness. I run marathons and take spinning classes at Soul Cycle (have you guys heard about this craze yet?). I also LOVE to eat. I go to a lot of restaurants in the city.


Besides music, what keeps you happy and motivated in life?

I am very blessed. I have an amazing family. I have amazing friends. New York is one of those places that always keep you on your toes. There are so many smart people here and that is part of what always makes me want to do better.


Do you have a message for the readers of

HI ESCReporter readers! Hope you enjoyed this interview. Please follow me on social media and interact with me. I really enjoy that. My Twitter handle is @TamarKaprelian; my Instagram handle is: Tamarmusic and of course Facebook.


> Check out part 3 with Stephanie Topalian!

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