Lebanese-Armenian Singer Brings New Life to Old Music
By Serena Hajjar
Special to the Mirror Spectator
BEIRUT — Imagine your favorite traditional Armenian song. Now, set it to a rock tune. Finally, add an Armenian woman to sing it. This is the combination on which Armenian rock singer, Eileen Khatchadourian, has built her signature style.
The intense rock persona depicted in her music videos is only one aspect of her; in person, she is cheerful, feisty and brutally honest.
Born in Beirut and raised there as well as Cyprus and Montreal, Khatchadourian grew up in a traditional Armenian family. She attended the St. Hripsimiantz Armenian College (high school) in Lebanon and was a member of the Armenian Catholic Scouts. Her artistic family instilled a love of music in their daughter at an early age — she started singing at 4. At age 7, while singing onstage, she decided she would become a singer — correction, a rock star. And she has certainly reached her dream in her home country, all while holding down a day job as a freelance wardrobe stylist for TV commercials. Now, she is looking to expand into the US.