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Sirusho in 2012
7 January 1987
Levon Khocharyan (m. 2009)
Siranush Harutyunyan (Armenian: Սիրանուշ Հարությունյան; born 7 January 1987), known professionally as Sirusho (Armenian: Սիրուշո), is an Armenian singer whose musical career has been active for over 20 years. Her musical style reflects the Armenian traditional sounds mixed with modern music. Sirusho received her first award when she was nine years old for her song "Lusabats". Sirusho's first studio album, Sirusho, was released in 2000; her second album Sheram was released in 2005. In the same year, she was awarded The Future of Armenian Music, Best Album and Best Female Performer awards in the first Armenian National Music Awards.
In 2008, the BBC described her success as making her a "national treasure" of Armenia. Sirusho reached international recognition after becoming the Armenian spokesperson for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest and the Armenian representative for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrade. Sirusho represented Armenia with the song "Qélé, Qélé", which she co-wrote with Armenian producer H.A. Der-Hovagimian. "Qélé, Qélé" became a hit for Eurovision Song Contest-following fans around the world, especially in Greek-speaking areas. The 'Yerevan Remix' version of the song was regularly played in Greek clubs, on London Greek Radio in the United Kingdom, and in an episode of the Greek and Cyprus X Factor television series.
Sirusho's single "PreGomesh" was released in December 2012, after which she launched a range of handcrafted silver jewelry named PreGomesh, which represents and preserves Armenian culture and craftsmanship while following modern fashion trends. Sirusho is the first Armenian artist to be twice-nominated at World Music Awards with "PreGomesh".
In October 2013, W magazine included Sirusho in their list of "6 un-American idols: The Beyoncé of Brazil, the Gaga of Serbia". The author of the list Kevin McGarry wrote, "Perhaps the door is still open for Sirusho to introduce the world to a sound and language largely unknown in the West". In 2017 Sirusho was awarded with the title of Honored Artist of Armenia upon the decree of President Serzh Sargsyan
1987–2004: Early life and career beginnings
Sirusho was born in Yerevan, Soviet Armenia, on January 7, 1987, to actor and director Hrachya Harutyunyan, and Syuzan Margaryan, one of the most popular singers in Armenia in the 1980s-1990s. Sirusho won her first award as a child at the Armenian National Music Awards for her performance of "Lusabats", an Armenian folk song written in the early 20th century by Komitas. At the age of seven, Sirusho began to write her own music and lyrics in Armenian and English. At the age of nine she won another award at the Young Talents Contest for one of her own compositions. She released her first studio album Sirusho at the age of 13. Sirusho graduated from Yerevan's Khachik Dashtents School #114 in 2004. She subsequently studied piano at the Sayat-Nova Music School and graduated Yerevan State University with excellence in international relations.
2005–2007: Sheram and Hima
—Sirusho during the acceptance speech of her second "Best Female Artist Award" 2005 in Armenia
Although Sirusho mainly performed soul and pop for most of her career, she decided to work on an album of Armenian folk songs by gusan titled Sheram, which was released in 2005. The album also included the single "Shorora", which was very well received. In 2005, Sheram was awarded the Best Album of the Year award at the Armenian National Music Awards. Sirusho also won the "Best Female Artist of the Year" award.
In 2006, Varduhi Vardanyan, a renowned Armenian singer, died. Varduhi has been a close friend of Sirusho's since her childhood. After her death, Sirusho dedicated a song titled "Mez Vochinch Chi Bazhani" ("Nothing Will separate Us"), which is included in Sirusho's album "Hima" ("Now"), to Varduhi.
Also in 2006, Sirusho received the award for Best Female Artist of the Year at the Annual Armenian-Russian Diaspora Music Awards held in Moscow, Russia. A few days later, she released her single "Heranum em" (Armenian: Հեռանում եմ) (I am leaving), which soon became a hit. The single was included in Sirusho's album "Hima", which also includes "Arjani E", a track with singer Sofi Mkheyan. The album proved to be a breakthrough in Armenian music, unleashing a fresh wave of mixing soul music and R&B with traditional instruments such as duduk, dhol, and zurna. Sirusho won the "Best Female Artist of the Year" award at the Armenian Music Awards community at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Sirusho received her fourth Best Female Artist award at the 2008 Armenian national Music Awards.
The Armenian entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2008, Qélé, _Qélé became all time hit in Armenia, as well as in Europe
Sirusho was chosen to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. She performed "Qele Qele", which was co-produced by the Canadian Armenian composer DerHova. The song entered the first semi-final on May 20 and advanced to the final which took place on May 24, 2008 in Belgrade. Sirusho took the 4th place with 199 points, and still remains the only Armenian participant who has received the most number of 12 points. During the official after-party following the final, the four winners of the Marcel Bezençon Award 2008 were announced and prizes were given out. They presented a new Fan Award by Swedish website Gylleneskor.se. Readers of the site had the opportunity to vote online for their favorite 2008 artist.
On April 1, 2009, Sirusho released the song "Erotas"—also known as "Erotas Ksafnikos" (Sudden Love)—an up-tempo dance song with heavy traditional Greek laiko influence sung entirely in Greek. It was composed by singer Hayko and written by Natalia Germanou. Sirusho performed the song live at the Tashir Armenian Awards ceremony in April 2009. Erotas went on to become a number-one hit on the Armenian Singles Chart. On June 6, 2009 Sirusho married Levon Kocharyan, the son of Armenia's second president Robert Kocharyan.
Also in 2009 Sirusho also recorded a song dedicated to peace along with the participants of Eurovision 2008; Boaz Mauda and Jelena Tomasevic, representing Israel and Serbia, respectively. "Time To Pray" was released in May; its lyrics were written by the President of Israel, Shimon Peres. The song became a hit in multiple countries, including Russia and Serbia.
2010–2012: Havatum em and PreGomesh
One of Sirusho's biggest hits.
In February 2010, Sirusho performed her new song Havatum em (I Believe) at the Armenian national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2010. The lyrics and the music are written by Sirusho. At the end of February she was invited to Malta as a special guest to perform at the Maltese Eurovision selection. During the visit she appeared on local television shows and took part in the Maltese annual charity, performing Havatum em.
Sirusho's fourth official studio album, Havatum em, was released in mid-2010 along with new singles. The album includes previously released songs Erotas, the title track, Time to Pray, new songs, and songs she had written for the Armenian national final for Eurovision 2008. During an interview in Malta with esctoday.com, Sirusho was asked whether she would return to the Eurovision Song Contest; she said if people and her fanbase want her to, she will return to represent Armenia again.
In 2010 Sirusho wrote the song “Судьба Зима” for a famous Russian singer Grigory Leps. On September 9, 2011, the first single from Sirusho's upcoming studio album, "I Like It", was released on iTunes. The video was released on 11 November that year. On December 3, Sirusho was special guest in Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 held in Yerevan. She performed Qélé, Qélé Remix version.
On December 10, 2012, Sirusho unveiled the new single "PreGomesh", a dance track she wrote. The song was inspired by an Armenian folk song "Lorva Gutanerg", which was preserved by Komitas. The video gave birth to a new wave of cultural revolution in Armenia, reviving Armenian traditions and presenting them in a modern way. Both the song and the video became popular in many countries[which?].
2013–present: Continued career
Sirusho and Sakis Rouvas announced they were to record and release a duet song "See" in October 2013. In 2014, she was nominated for The Best Armenian Singer, The Best Armenian Song and The Best Armenian Music Video at World Music Awards. Mixing traditions of different generations, Sirusho released the remake of "Tariner" (Armenian: Տարիներ) ("Years") with her compatriot Harout Pamboukjian. On November 9 Sirusho's first solo concert took place at Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, U.S.
In 2015 Sirusho released new song "Kga Mi Or" ("Where Were You") dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The song was released in Armenian and English, and both versions were available on iTunes. She also released a video for the song. At the end of 2015 Sirusho released a new single "Mi Togh Indz Menak" (Do Not Leave Me Alone).
In 2016 Sirusho performed a new song "Mi Togh Indz Menak" In August 2016 she performed live at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, and was announced as the Best Armenian Female Act at Daf BAMA Music Awards and performed Qele Qele (Remix version). In the same month Sirusho announced the upcoming release of her new album called ""Armat" ("Roots") that would represent the Armenian culture. In 2017 Sirusho released a new summer hit song "Vuy Aman" together with Armenian-American singer, songwriter, Sebu Simonian of the Capital Cities band.
|Release Year||Album Title|
|2005||Shorora (Armenian: Շորորա)|
|2005||Sery Mer (Armenian: Սերը Մեր)|
|2006||Mayrik (Armenian: Մայրիկ)|
|2006||Heranum em (Armenian: Հեռանում եմ)|
|2007||Hima (Armenian: Հիմա)|
|2007||Arjani e (Armenian: Արժանի է) (featuring Sofi Mkheyan)|
|2007||Mez Vochinch Chi Bajani (Armenian: Մեզ ոչինչ չի բաժանի)|
|2009||Time to Pray (featuring Boaz Mauda and Jelena Tomasevic)|
|2010||Havatum Em (Armenian: Հավատում եմ)|
|2011||I Like It|
|2013||See (featuring Sakis Rouvas)|
|2014||Antarber Ashkhar (Armenian: Անտարբեր Աշխարհ)|
|2014||Alphabit (featuring with Arsen Grigoryan)|
|2014||Tariner (Armenian: Տարիներ) (featuring Harout Pamboukjian)|
|2015||Where were you (Armenian: Կգա մի օր)|
|2016||Mi togh indz Menak (Armenian: Մի թող ինձ մենակ)|
|2016||Zartonq (Armenian: Զարթոնք)|
|2017||Vuy Aman (Armenian: Վույ Աման)|
|2003||Armenian National Music Awards||The Future of Armenian Music||Yerevan||Won|
|2004||Krunk Awards||Best Female Artist||Yerevan||Won|
|2005||Voske Qnar Awards||Best Song – "Sery mer"||Yerevan||Won|
|2005||Armenian National Music Awards||Best Album of the Year – "Shorora"||Yerevan||Won|
|2005||Armenian National Music Award||Best Female Artist of the Year||Yerevan||Won|
|2005||Annual Armenian-Russian Diaspora Music Awards (Tashir 2005)||Best Female Artist of the Year||Moscow||Won|
|2006||Annual Armenian-Russian Diaspora Music Award (Tashir 2006)||Best Female Artist of the Year||Moscow||Won|
|2006||Annual MCLUB AMVA Awards||Best Music Video" – "Mayrik"||United States||Won|
|2007||Armenian Music Awards (Anush)||Best Female Artist of the Year||United States||Won|
|2007||Top 10 Awards||Best Video" – "Hima"||Yerevan||Won|
|2007||Yes Magazine Awards||Princess of Armenian Music||Yerevan||Won|
|2007||Voske Qnar Awards||"Best Song" – "Heranum em"||Yerevan||Won|
|2008||Top 10 Awards||Best Music Video" – "Qele Qele"||Yerevan||Won|
|2008||Eurovision Song Contest||Eurovision Fan Award||Belgrade||Won|
|2008||Armenian National Music Awards||Best Female Artist of the Year||Yerevan||Won|
|2009||Annual Armenian-Russian Diaspora Music Award (Tashir 2009)||Best International Armenian Singer||Moscow||Won|
|2010||Armenian National Music Awards||Best Song – "Havatum Em"||Yerevan||Won|
|2010||Armenian National Music Awards||Best-Selling Album – "Havatum Em"||Yerevan||Won|
|2010||Luxury Awards||Best Singer" & "Best Media Star||Yerevan||Won|
|2010||Annual Armenian-Russian Diaspora Music Award (Tashir 2010)||Special award for spreading the Armenian music in Europe||Moscow||Won|
|2011||Van Music Awards||Special Award for Song||Yerevan||Won|
|2012||The Armenian Pulse Music Award||Best Female Artist||Won|
|2013||The Armenian Music Awards||Best Performance – PreGomesh||Yerevan||Won|
|2013||World Armenian Entertainment Awards||Queen of Armenian Pop Music||LA, United States||Won|
|2014||The World Music Awards||World's Best Female Artist||Monte Carlo||Nominated|
|2014||The World Music Awards||World's Best Song PreGomesh||Monte Carlo||Nominated|
|2014||The World Music Awards||World's Best Music Video – "PreGomesh"||Monte Carlo||Nominated|
|2015||Armenian Pulse Music Awards||Best Duet (with Harout Pamboukjian)||Yerevan||Won|
|2016||DAF Bama Music Awards||The Best Armenian Female Act||Hamburg, Germany||Won|
|2016||STARS WORLD Entertainment Awards||Best female singer of the decade||Yerevan||Won|
|2016||Pan Armenian Entertainment Awards||Preacher of national values||LA||Won|
|2017||Armenian Europe Music Awards||Best Female Artist of the Year||France, Paris||Won|
|2018||Swallow Music Awards||Special award||Yerevan||Won|
Filmography and Television
|Year||Film & TV||Role||Notes|
|2008||Eurovision Song Contest 2008||Herself||4th place|
|2017||Benefis||Herself||Episode: Avet Barseghyan|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sirusho.|
|Wikinews has related news: Interview with Sirusho in the run-up to Eurovision 2009|
Notes and references
- "Bio". Sirusho's Official Website. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Eurovision 2008 – Armenia". BBC. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Top 10: Most memorable spokespersons in ESC history | ESC Views". escviews.wordpress.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- Eurovision Song Contest – Armenia Archived November 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "X Factor Greece-Cyprus Clip", Youtube Archived October 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Handmade sterling silver ethnic jewelry PreGomesh by Sirusho – Pregomesh". pregomesh.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "Sirusho represented in 3 nominations at World Music Awards | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency". armenpress.am. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "The door is still open for Sirusho: W Magazine | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency". armenpress.am. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "International Pop Stars: The Beyoncé of Brazil, the Gaga of Serbia | W Magazine". wmagazine.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "Armenia: Sirusho's song selected tonight". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "Սիրուշո [Sirusho]" (in Armenian). AV Production. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "Այսօր Սիրուշոյի ծննդյան օրն է". ArmStar. hy. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Sirusho feat Sofi Mkheyan - Arjani E || Music of Armenia - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- gylleneskor – winners marcel bezencon awards 2008
- Shegrikyan, Zaven (2009-04-01). "Armenia: Sirusho's video in greek released!". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2009-04-02. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
- "Sirusho – Erotas Ksafnikos (Tashir Armenian Awards 2009)", ESCToday[dead link]
- n:Past Eurovision contestants give advice to this year's performers, speculate on who will win
- "In a fairytale wedding, a talented pop singer marries a president's son". The Armenian Reporter. 12 June 2009. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "SIRUSHO NEW ! – I Like It (Official Music Video) HD 2011". YouTube. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Sirusho Qéle Qéle 2011 Live Performance @ Junior Eurovision". ArmenianPule. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Sirusho presented her new song –"PreGomesh"". 1in.am. 10 December 2012. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Sirusho and Sakis record "See" together | News | Eurovision Song Contest". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "Kga Mi Or" – Single by Sirusho". 24 April 2015.
- "Where Were You" – Single by Sirusho". 24 April 2015.
- "Sirusho – Kga Mi Or (Where Were You)". 24 April 2015.
- "Sirusho - Mi Togh Indz Menak | Սիրուշո - Մի Թող Ինձ Մենակ - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "Facebook". web.facebook.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "Daf Bama Music Awards 2016. Sirusho -Qele qele (Remix) - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "Redirecting..." web.facebook.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "World Armenian Entertainment Awards Set for May 11 | Asbarez.com". asbarez.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "Sirusho represented in 3 nominations at World Music Awards | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency". armenpress.am. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
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