Tamar KaprelianTuesday, September 8, 2020
Tamar Mardirossian (born October 28, 1986), known professionally as Tamar Kaprelian, is an Armenian-American singer, songwriter, and philanthropist. Kaprelian began her career in 2008, after winning a cover contest organized by OneRepublic, performing "Apologize". Following her win, Ryan Tedder introduced her to Interscope Records executives, and she was signed to the label. She went on to release her debut studio album Sinner or a Saint in 2010 through Interscope.
In 2015, Kaprelian was recruited by Public Television of Armenia (ARMTV) to become the American representative in the Armenian supergroup Genealogy. As a member of Genealogy, she represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Face the Shadow", placing sixteenth. She later attempted to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as a solo artist, competing in Depi Evratesil 2018 with the song "Poison (Ari Ari)".
Outside of music, Kaprelian has also founded the Nvak Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering the musical talents of young singers, songwriters, and musicians in Armenia.
Kaprelian was born as Tamar Mardirossian in Scottsdale, Arizona to Avedis and Silva Mardirossian (née Kaprelian). Her parents are both of Armenian descent, and immigrated to the United States from the United Kingdom. Her great-grandparents were from Western Armenia. She later grew up in the states of Georgia and California, and was raised within the Armenian Apostolic Church.