Tamar Kaprelian

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Tamar Kaprelian
Birth name Tamar Mardirossian
Born (1986-10-28) October 28, 1986 (age 28)
Origin Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Genres Pop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, pianist
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels Interscope
Associated acts Genealogy

Tamar Kaprelian (Armenian: Թամար Գաբրելեան) is an Armenian American musician and singer.[1] She is best known for her single "New Day" and for winning the Cover Contest in March 2008 with "Apologize" by OneRepublic. She was selected to be part of Genealogy, a collective Armenian international music band to represent Armenia in 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with the song "Face the Shadow".

Family and Early life[edit]

Born Tamar Mardirossian (Armenian: Թամար Մարտիրոսյան), better known by her artist name Tamar Kaprelian, was born in Scottsdale, Arizona to Armenian parents, but she grew up in Georgia and California.[1] Kaprelian is her mother's maiden name and she chose it in honor of her grandfather who died a few years before her career began. Tamar is incredibly proud of her heritage and she wants people to know that she is an Armenian. Her great-grandparents are from Old Armenia. On her mother's side of the family, her grandfather Girair Kaprelian was born in Kharpert and her grandmother Hasmik Kaprelian was born in Mousel. They met in Iraq, where her grandfather owned a successful textile manufacturing business in the Middle East. On her father's side, her grandfather George Mardirossian was born in Jerusalem and her grandmother Victoria Ewin was born in Liverpool. They met in Egypt and moved to Manchester where they started an Armenian hotel/restaurant. Her parents, Avedis and Silva Mardirossian, met in Manchester and moved to the United States (Scottsdale, Arizona), where they raised her brother and her.[2]

Her interest in music began when she discovered the works of Billy Joel and Paul McCartney, although she also cites classic Disney film songs as an early influence.[1]


Kaprelian won the OneRepublic "Apologize" Cover Contest in March 2008, and as a reward, Ryan Tedder helped bring her to the attention of Interscope Records which signed her shortly afterward. Wax Ltd produced her song "New Day," which went on to be her first single, and her first album Sinner or a Saint on Interscope records was released August 24, 2010. During 2010, she performed Dev's part of "Like a G6" with The Far East Movement at selected live performances.

Her first EP, California, was released on June 19, 2012.

In 2015, Tamar will be representing Armenia in Vienna at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest along with Essaï Altounian, Vahe Tilbian, Stephanie Topalian, Mary-Jean O'Doherty Basmadjian, and Inga Arshakyan —all with Armenian backgrounds. She is currently in the preparation process of the first Semi-Final of the prestigious concert, which takes place May 19th.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Sinner or a Saint
  • Released: August 24, 2010
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming


Title Album details


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Adult Top 40
"New Day" 2009 37[3] Sinner or a Saint
"Face the Shadow"
(as part of Genealogy)
2015 non-album single
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


  1. ^ a b c "About". Tamar Kaprelian – Official Site. Interscope Records. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  2. ^ "I want people to know that I am Armenian – interview with Tamar Kaprelian". style.news.am. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Killer Tracks Artist Series To Release Sequence of Original EPs". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Aram Mp3
with Not Alone
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as part of Genealogy)

Succeeded by