SirushoThursday, November 1, 2018
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.
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.