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Tears of Happiness

by Maral Najarian & Meroujan Maljian

International award winning Mezzo-Soprano, Maral Najarian, creates timeless classic renditions of Armenian Songs, accompanied on piano by composer/pianist Dr. Meroujan Maljian.
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1. Yerevan Lovely Girl (Yevervani Seeroon Aghchik)
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2. Kind Stork (Pari Arakil)
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3. A Beautiful Dream (Chknagh Yeraz)
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4. Over The Stream (Kedagee Vurah)
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5. Promise Of Love (Seero Khostooma)
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6. Tears Of Happiness (Yerchangootyan Artzoonknera)
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7. I Have No Smile Without You (Arants Kez Jubeed Choonem)
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8. Sing, Forget (Seero Vushta Moratseer)
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9. Yerevan, Erebuni
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10. Bonus Track: Zary, Zary (Live Recording)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Maral Najarian:

Mezzo-Soprano and songwriter, Maral Najarian, was born and raised in Newark, NJ, surrounded by a creative family of musicians, singers, composers, recording artists and authors.

Some of her earliest music lessons took place at Newark School of the Arts (formerly Newark Community School of the Arts), however, her vocal training began years later when she started college because of her desire to learn how to sing.

While simultaneously working in a research laboratory and studying for her courses geared toward a pharmacy degree, for 2 consecutive years Maral performed as a soprano in the Rutgers University Chorus-Newark, recording and touring Europe during the summer under the direction of Dr. Floreen and Dr. McAdoo. Although she was a science major, she enrolled in credited private voice lessons with the Rutgers University-Newark music department.

Since 2005, she has been an avid church vocalist-having sung in Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, and Antiochian Orthodox Churches in NJ, NY and El Paso, TX. She has concertized with her brother, composer and pianist Dr. Meroujan Maljian, domestically and abroad in Armenia at renown venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Aram Khatchaturian Museum Concert Hall in Yerevan. She is licensed as a pharmacist in NJ and Texas, presently practicing in El Paso.

As a songwriter and lyricist, she received recognition as runner-up in the 2007 International Song of the Year Song and Lyric Writing competition.

In 2013, she won first prize in the American Protégé International Vocal Competition (classical category) and received an additional award for Best Performance.

The following year, in 2014, she recorded her debut CD, "Tears of Happiness", a collection of Armenian Songs accompanied on piano by her brother, which has been downloaded and purchased by listeners all over the world, beyond the United States, including South America and Europe.

The CD was awarded two Silver Medals for Outstanding Achievement in the Global Music Awards 2016 International Recording Competition: recognized for Best Female Vocalist, and Best Album. The latter award she shared with her accompanist, Meroujan Maljian.

In 2016, she also won first prize in the Golden Voices of America International Vocal Competition sponsored by the AFAF (American Fine Arts Festival) which includes a scholarship for their Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017, and an invitation to perform in a special concert at the Robert Schumann Museum in Zwickau, Germany.

As an Award Winner of the American Protégé Showcase at Stern Competition in 2017, she was invited to perform as the closing act in the Gala Concert that took place at Isaac Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage. The event was in Celebration of the International Competition's 10-Year Anniversary.



Meroujan Maljian:

Meroujan Maljian, MD began taking piano lessons in Newark, NJ at the age of 7. At age 14, he began studying with virtuoso pianist Gabor Fuchs from the Soviet Union with whom he studied for over 9 years. Meroujan gave recitals worldwide, including at Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ, at Rutgers Univeristy in NJ, and for the Armenian community of NY and NJ. He accompanied his sister Mezzo-Soprano Maral Najarian in her debut performance in Carnegie Hall in 2013. He has also performed publicly and privately in England, Ukraine, Georgia, and Armenia. He was a bass soloist for the Rutgers University Chorus in NJ and also sang in the Havering Trust Choir of East London, England. Dr. Maljian is the oldest of 5 children who all took piano lessons and is a medical doctor of psychiatry. He is also a composer, singer, organist and deacon in the Armenian Rite. Over the years he has served as a singer and organist of several different Armenian Church Choirs in NY, NJ, and Oregon. Dr. Maljian is a staff member of Rutgers University and works in a prison as a psychiatrist for the inmate population of NJ.


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Lily Sarkissian

Wonderful!
What a delightful album. Beautiful singer...beautiful voice...and a superb collection of songs. Congratulations to Maral and Meroujan for an excellent recording.
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Patience Reich

Terrific first release!
It could be said that Award winning Mezzo Soprano and songwriter Maral Najarian was born to sing. Najarian who is of Armenian descent, grew up in a musical family in New Jersey. Her musical influences were varied: from Armenian folk songs, to contemporary pop and classical repertoire. She did not really begin singing classical music until she was in college. During that time she performed as a soprano, recorded and toured Europe and the United States as part of Rutgers University Chorus-Newark. She’s performed and continuous to perform in various concert halls including Carnegie Hall.


“Tears of Happiness” is her first solo effort. It’s a collection of traditional Armenian favorites: half are folk songs and the other half are contemporary. The contemporary songs are by Armenian TV pioneer and composer Sarky Mouradian.

It’s a collection of songs with the universal themes of love and loss. The single “Tears of Happiness” is my favorite. It has a hauntingly familiar melody. You get the feeling you’ve heard it before even though you know it’s new to you. It’s sort of like meeting a stranger who somehow seems familiar. Even if you don’t understand what is being said, you are captivated by its haunting beauty. The single “Tears of Happiness” is taken from Sarky Mouradian’s movie of the same name. The context of the song is about a struggling artist who has to leave his wife and baby in search of work. His wife makes him promise never to give up on his dreams and that one day, they will be reunited. He eventually makes his way to Hollywood, becomes a great success and gets caught up in the glamorous life of being a celebrity. The success is hollow without his family and the love of his life. He goes in search of his wife and child. He finds them. They are reunited and the song “Tears of Happiness” is his expression of love to his wife. He says “you’ve changed me and made me joyful. These tears of happiness are given with promises and a lot of hope.” Knowing the background of the song makes it more meaningful.

Najarian’s warm and expressive interpretation makes the songs come alive. She captures the authentic Armenian style with the polish of a richly distinctive voice. The piano accompaniment is balanced, atmospheric and adds interest to the project. It’s a terrific first release by this artist. Looking forward to future releases from this artist.
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Steh Havir

Lovely!
Dear Maral,
I can't say anything about your album besides that I'm so touched I've got tears in my eyes.
Thank you for being such an amazing artist, and congratulations to you and your brother, Meroujan!
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Gaby Rodriguez

Absolutely amazing !
I loved it! Every single one of them . Congratulations Maral .
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Anita Voskanyan

Fabulous!!!
You have a powerful voice, Maral and I simply love all the songs in this CD - great selection! Congratulations to you and Meroujan! Well done! Looking forward to your next album already :)
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Ani Muradyan

Heavenly Beautiful Voice!
Congratulations , Dear Maral to You and Meroujan Maljyan! What a powerful, moving CD! This was so beautifully done! The songs are beautiful, your voice is so soft and gentle. I wish You many more beautiful CD-s!!!
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Ani Muradyan

Heavenly Beautiful Voice!
Congratulations , Dear Maral to You and Meroujan Maljyan! What a powerful, moving CD! This was so beautifully done! The songs are beautiful, your voice is so soft and gentle. I wish You many more beautiful CD-s!!!
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