Margarita Shamrakov

Margarita Shamrakov

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Margarita sound is captivating, once you hear her songs you will never let go of her music. There is streak of sorrow in Margarita’s songs because of some things she has experienced in her life, however there is a fountain of youth and passion, and wisdom and eternal beauty and love in her songs.

Biography


Favorite Musical Styles:
Rock, POP, Alternative Rock, classical, punk, goth, R&B, country, dance, hip-hop, folk, blues, jazz,electronica, ska

Favorite Bands:
NIRVANA, the Police, Beatles, Sting, Tori Amos, John Lennon, Madonna, Savage Garden, Frou Frou, No Doubt, Mariah Carey, Pearl Jam, STP, Audioslave, James Blunt, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder...

I started writing songs when I was 10 years old, in the Ukraine. I was studying piano in Kiev at the best Music School called Special Music School Lisenka. I played Bach, Chopin, Mendelsson, Mozart, Every 2 years in school they had an exam, where you compete against your peer and they get rid of the worst students. I practiced every day for 4-5 hours a day, and when I had my exam I psychologically froze up, I forgot everything at that moment. I restarted couple of times, and froze up over and over again. I was expelled from school in a 4th Grade. Looking back I know that I had nervous breakdown because of the fierce competition, where sometimes it felt like you could not be friends with your peers, because they were your competitors. And you knew that out of 25 people, 10 will get expelled. I was very much hurt, I felt very much like a failure. I could not get over it for a long time. My mom transferred me to another music school and to the Special French school, with intense studies of French language. After living in Kiev with my mom, and eating 3 times a day oatmeal,, because we had no mnoney, America seemed like the opportunity from Heaven. My dad, whom I've seen only few times in my life invited me to come to the US. I came over when I was 17 years old, leaving my grandma (my angel) and my mom, my friends, and everything I knew up to this point- in the Ukraine. I came over not knowing what to expect. My mom and my dad divorced when I was born and I did not get a chance to really get to know my dad. In the US, I knew that my music had no chance - I am from the Ukraine, I am an immigrant, I don't speak English, there is no chance. With encouragement form my father I started pursuing medicine, medical billing, then film, then philosophy and psychology. Clearly I was completely LOST!. I started out in Hunter College with all F's, I was put on probation, however I ended up graduating with all A's. Even-though I was trying to avoid music, to erase music and art from my life, still music would always pursue me. I always wrote songs, even if there was no one to listen to them. Finally I sent one of my songs to the John Lennon Songwriting Competition sponsored by BMI, where my song Tragedy won the first place!!! And I've met Yoko Ono - this was the happiest moment of my life and I feel that I was blessed to get a chance to be close to John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and The Beatles. Can you believe it? I won and yet I had no one to share my joy with. My dad never believed in me and never supported me, and he still doesn’t. I felt happy cuz I won but at the same time very lonely cuz I did not have anyone to share with my success.
I started recording album after album, just trying to get all my songs down. I started playing lots of shows, all over New York, 3 times almost got signed to a Record Label. Got a chance to become friends with Arif Mardin (producer of Bee Gee's. Norah Jones). Finally I've met a great producer Mike Anzel, with whom we created an original sound, and I am recording my 4th Album – called "Tragedy". I want to distribute this album and make many copies, make it available to the public by myself, and not to wait for a Record Label to tap me on my shoulder. It is very important to me. I believe my music has an important message, that you gotta believe in yourself, that no one knows what the future holds, that life is precious. Art is very important to life, because without art we would become extremely bored, life would loose its meaning, life would loose vision, purpose. We will eat, sleep, go to work, and this routine eventually will bore us to death☺. But music, and art make us feel something that is impossible to say with words, impossible to translate, because Music and art speak to our souls. And there is no need for translator. Music awakens our soul, it awakens our higher meaning, higher intellect, higher emotion, and lifts us up from the routine, and thus creates meaning above "just existing in the world", making us to strife for more in everything we do. It is a revelation of a deeper meaning. In the future I see myself having a Record Label, starting Company that will help out young artist. I see myself making movies - this has been my passion for a long time. I see myself helping out poor people all over the world.

Lyrics

Tragedy

Written By: Margarita Shamrakov

Tragedy
I
I'm so lonely in the world.
My only love has left me.
I hate my job.
My family thinks I'm ordinary.
I haven't reached anywhere.
I am ugly.
And I'm getting old, and I'm getting old.
Chorus
I drink my tears like water everyday.
I drink my tears like water everyday.
I make many phone calls just to connect with the world.
I make many phone calls just to connect with the world.

Nothing is for sure.
Nothing is forever
Loneliness will be there.
I want more. I want more. I want more.
Nothing is for sure.
Nothing is forever.
Loneliness will be there.
I want you. I want you. I want you.


II
They say I am depressed
And I will suffer in life, I will suffer in life.
My choices weren't right.
It will be hard to survive, it will be hard to survive.
Nothing means a thing to me.
But I believe in my melody.
I believe in my music…
Chorus

Don't let go your dreams, such beautiful words…
Don't let go your love, such beautiful words…
Don't let go your love, such beautiful words…
Don't let go your dream, such beautiful words…

NYC

Written By: Margarita Shamrakov

NYC
By Margarita Shamrakov

New York City
Young and free.
In New York City, I am alone,
I am nobody.

New York City
There’s no love
Only sex and money
I give up.

New York City
Young and free
New York City, I gave you my best shot,
Now give all your love to me.

I am worth it and I deserve it and I have earned it.
New York City, please, give all your love to me.

Higher Ground

Written By: Margarita Shamrakov

Higher Ground
By Margarita Shamrakov

I
I failed my classes
I am on probation
Without You
I am in serious depression

Chorus: But you can’t stop me
I will find true love
You can’t break me
I will reach the highest ground

II
My only friend
My 4 walls
You seem so cool you’ve got many girls
You don’t need my love

Chorus:

III
I am very lonely
All alone
But I can’t breath, I can’t live
Without love

Discography

Margarita Shamrakov 2001 - released 2001
Magic City by Margarita Shamrakov release 2002
Nobody Loves Margarta - released 2003
Tragedy by Margarita Shamrakov - released 2008

Set List

tragedy
What's the meaning of life???
NYC
MAMA
Higher Ground
SEX
Kill Yourself
Nothing is Forever

my set is 35 minutes