By Paruir Siniavsky
Twelve-year-old French-Armenian musical prodigy Raffi Arto will definitely have a word to say to the whole world one day. At present, Arto—who supported Armenian showman, comedian, and singer Aram MP3 (Aram Sargsyan) who represented Armenia and placed fourth at the Eurovision 2014 Song Contest—is carrying out several projects.
In addition, Raffi recently participated in the American Tours rock music festival in Paris, during which he astonished Wanda Jackson, the 76-year-old Queen of Rockabilly, with his talent. In fact, the young musician astonished the classic rock legend so much that Jackson invited him to Memphis, USA; that is, the “coronation” place of Elvis Presley.
The wife of Colonel Parker, who was Presley’s manager, had contacted Raffi and invited this child prodigy to Memphis where, on August 16, the rock and roll fans will mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.
And this shows how the young French-Armenian musician may “touch” this myth. Incidentally, Raffi’s talent has also astonished Presley’s backup singer Kathy Westmoreland, who expressed gratitude to the young musician for being so much devoted to music, and to rock and roll, in particular.
“Hi, Raffi! Thank you so much for posting that lovely message for me on Facebook! It means so much to me. Your thoughtfulness and the words you wrote brought tears to my eyes.“I received all the attachments, but still could not reach the ‘soundcloud’ links yet. I will keep trying. I Love the two you sent me on YouTube...I added them to my playlist called ‘RAFFI’. You brought back so many memories for my school days with ‘Corrina, Corrina’. I loved that record when it came out, and sold quite a few of them while working in my ‘Daddy’s’ record shops, lol. “Oh! By the way...Please, please thank your father for writing to me also. What a sweet and good family it seems you have! I really appreciate your sending your schedule and keeping me up to date on all the good news. Also, don’t let this stupid Congress shutting our government down and interrupting your schedule bother you. I don't even watch tv these days, I'm so sick of this being on the news day and night. I have a great idea! Let's take you into the Halls of Congress and you can "shake those morons up’? They'd be so happy ‘rockin and rolling’ they’d forget they hated each other, and do what’s right for this country!“I just want to let you know how truly, truly G R E A T you are and I am so happy to get to know you. How you were able to teach yourself to play and sing so brilliantly is beyond me. You are a miracle....sent here to cheer up this planet earth. I hope I live long enough to see the day that I can say: ‘I Told You So, World!’ ‘I Knew He was a SuperStar’ a few years ago!“I can see from your schedule that it will be tiring, but it will be energizing,too. Was very happy to see they planned ‘rest/nap’ periods for you. That’s a huge part of the ‘learning how to be a professional’ school, isn’t it. People who are not in show business have no idea how hard it is to keep healthy, so you can perform under stressful and tiring circumstances. I have NO DOUBT that you can do this and will await word on anything that you have coming up. I AM JUST SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU MAKE REALLY GOOD PROGRESS HERE IN THE STATES, TOO!“Take good care of yourself, your Dad and family, and we’ll keep in touch. “Now, it is time for me to sleep, and you...you’re about to go to school!“My daughter is coming to visit me Friday, so I won’t be online for a few days. She just got married recently, and I’m going to meet my new son-in-law for the first time! They live in New Jersey. Just wanted to let you know I'll be busy for a day or two because I haven’t seen her in about a year! “Goodnight to me now...and Good morning to you! “Love,“Kat,” Westmoreland specifically wrote to the young Armenian musician.
Raffi Arto has achieved all his success on his own efforts and talent, and without the help of managers and producers.
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