Nune Yesayan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, on August 5, 1969. Even before studying music in college, Yesayan made a name for herself at her high school for being a gifted vocalist and talented performer. She graduated from high school in 1986 and was accepted to the Polytechnic University of Yerevan to study engineering.
Yesayan recorded her first album of traditional Armenian songs in 1991. It was produced by Garbis Titizian and Prime Entertainment. Arthur Hagopian, who was part of Yesayan’s first amateur band, arranged the album using modern instruments and contemporary arrangements. The music video for her rendition of the folks song “Kele Lao” was an immediate hit in the Armenia Diaspora and a regular staple of the US-based Armenian television station, Horizon TV.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, harsh economic conditions in Armenia forced Yesayan to seek employment opportunities abroad. Her abilitly to sing in many languages and in various styles won her contracts at 5-star hotels in the Middle East. During her concerts and small-venue shows, Yesayan sang contemporary hits, pop and jazz standards and songs in English, Arabic, French and Armenian.
Upon her return to Armenia in 1997, Yesayan partnered again with Prime Entertainment in an effort to distribute her CD’s internationally. Executive Producer Garbis Titizian arranged for the release of Yesayan’s first CD and the recording and distribution of her second album, “Who Knows.”
In 1998, Yesayan formed her own band, which continues to work with her today. Together with her musicians, Yesayan took her band on the road throughout Armenia, performing benefit concerts for the Armenia Fund, an organization which fund the development of Armenia’s infrastructure.
Yesayan’s North American debut took place at the Pasadena Civic Center Auditorium in Southern California. Because of her hit music videos and popular CD’s, Yesayan sold out her first concert in the US and enjoyed unexpected and unprecedented attention during her appearances at Armenian schools and record stores.
Since the release of “Kavare Mer” and “Who Knows” in 1998 and 1999,Yesayan has released one new album each year including “World” in 2000, “Nune” in 2001, “Love” in 2002, “Sayat Nova” in 2003, “Me” in 2004 and her International Album in 2005. Her musical range has expanded from singing traditional Armenian folk songs to include singing new songs written specially for her.
Each and every one of Yesayan’s concerts in the United States, Canada, England, France, Syria, Lebanon, Greece, Argentina, Australia, Russia and Armenia have sold out weeks in advance. Her concert in honor of those who lost their lives during the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, was attended by nearly eight thousand people and mentioned on the CNN “World Report” and the Mir and Associated Press television news services.
Yesayan’s most notable concert venues have included the Hamaleer Sport Complex in Armenia, the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and the Lincoln Center in New York City. She has also appeared in concert with famed Armenian-Persian singer Andy and French idol Patrick Fiori. Her largest audiences to date was at a charity concert she performed at the Cascade in Yerevan. The open-air concert attracted more than 35,000 fans.
Even mainstream American media, including the New York Times and Boston Globe, have taken note of her fame and written about her phenomenal fame and status among her people and her impact on the world of Armenian music.