Recording Contract for LA Homeless Subway Performer Emily Zamourka Is Withdrawn by Grammy Nominated Record Producer Joel Diamond
Los Angeles– Joel Diamond, two time Grammy & Multi-platinum record producer whose recording offer to homeless subway opera singer and violin player Emily Zamourka, viraled to worldwide news, has withdrawn his high profile signed recording agreement offer.
“Unfortunately, and as equally perplexing, Emily (Zamourka) has not responded to what I felt was the ‘world on a silver platter’ proven formula that has worked hugely successfully for me before.
To say we are not on the same page artistically, would be an understatement,” says Diamond.
Emily has not yet signed the offer from Diamond to completely fund and produce a recording session for her which would have been a first of it’s kind Classical/EDM Crossover recording.
In addition she did not even want to listen to a song that Diamond personally requested for her from one of the most successful songwriters in the world, Diane Warren. She also turned down multiple free violins from well known musicians to replace her stolen one. She rejected an all expense paid singing appearance in Japan. She torpedoed an after work evening meeting arranged by Diamond with an ICM Music President. She showed up at this meeting 45 minutes late and then told him she only had a few minutes to spend with him. She also rejected an offer from the President (and very close friend of Diamond) of a major TV production company who was ready to offer Emily a weekly Docu-series about her life as well as other LA homeless. She rejected an offer from a major Hollywood make-over artist for free clothes, hair & makeup. She rejected a paid offer to perform on stage with
Peter Townsend of The Who this past weekend. Finally, her own lawyer announced to Diamond that he quit and no longer would be representing Emily out of his sheer frustration with her.
“I have worked with and produced many major recording artists such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Helen Reddy, Ray J, The Five Browns, Howard Hewett, Gloria Gaynor, David Hasselhoff, etc., in addition to holding key executive positions at major labels including Sony.
But in all my years in the music industry I have never seen the world so fascinated and entertained by a completely unknown homeless subway singer whose voice has now been heard all over the world. This was a true Cinderella story that just went off the rails. I wish Emily good luck and good health in the future.” said Diamond.
The news of Joel Diamond’s first recording contract offer to Emily Zamourka is ironically still spreading throughout the world.
More About Joel Diamond:
Joel Diamond has produced 36 Gold & Platinum records and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Joel had the highly imaginative vision and created the career of The Five Browns, five siblings who all attended Juilliard Music school at the same time. He produced and managed The Five Browns and landed them their first recording deal on Sony Records; resulting in 3 consecutive #1 albums on the Billboard Classical charts. Through Diamond’s tenacity, The Five Browns became the “First Family of Classical Music.” They appeared on every major TV show including Oprah, Ellen Show, 60 Minutes, etc. and enjoyed “sold out” concerts all over the world. Through Diamond’s personal contacts, he also landed them a major book deal.
Certainly one of the apexes of Diamond’s career has been the 12 successful albums and 109 recordings he has produced for legendary recording artist, Engelbert Humperdinck. “After The Lovin’,” a 100% owned Diamond copyright, was nominated twice for a Grammy, achieved platinum album and gold single status, won most played “Jukebox Record of the Year” award, top 10 best sheet music seller of all time, #1 Country record, and has surpassed the 4 million radio/TV performances as logged by BMI.
An interesting occurrence in Europe happened for Diamond with superstar actor David Hasselhoff. David starred on Knight Rider, which was followed by BayWatch – the “most watched TV show” on the planet according to Guinness. After being turned down by virtually every U.S. record label, it was only Diamond who believe in David’s talent, ability, and potential career in music. Joel Diamond personally underwrote and produced David’s first recording session that resulted in making David’s dream come true. Little did anybody think that one year later after the recording, that David would achieve Gold & Platinum status in Germany (outselling Michael Jackson & Madonna) on his first album on Silver Blue Records. This led to David Hasselhoff, also known as The Hoff, being voted the #1 recording artist in Germany, selling literally tens of millions of records, earning a cool $60,000 per performance and to this day selling out stadiums around the world.
An advanced copy of a song from a forthcoming Broadway Show, La Cage Aux Folles, given to Diamond by good friend, the late Allen Carr, would be another turning point in Diamond’s career. In a matter of days upon hearing this song, he was in the studio producing “I Am What I Am” with recording artist Gloria Gaynor. It became an instant International success on Silver Blue Records, and is to this day, officially the Gay Anthem around the world. It is also Gloria’s biggest single since her classic of “I Will Survive”.
oel has held executive positions in major music companies and is responsible for negotiating David Geffen’s first million dollar deal at Sony Music and also gave Tommy Mottola his first job in the music industry as Diamond’s assistant.