Armenian By Choice
"Armenian by Choice" is the first ever collection of songs in the Armenian language recorded by a non-Armenian, award winning singer and composer Daniel Decker. Featuring time honored classics like "Kilikia", "Dle Yaman", Martiki Yerke", "Aghjka Ergy", "Akhr Yes Inchpes", "Siro Gisher", "Chknagh Yeraz", "Sers Vanqum Tatevi" and a special duet with the great Armenian singer Leyla Saribekyan on "Hayotz Ashkhar" . Also featured for the first time are Armenian language versions of "Adana" and "Noah's Prayer". Produced by Karen Margaryan, Ara Gevorgyan and Daniel Decker. As an "Armenian by choice", Daniel Decker has been called a cultural ambassador of Armenians around the world. A tireless advocate for international recognition of the Armenian genocide, Daniel has received critical acclaim for both his musical and humanitarian work for Armenia. He was awarded the "Komitas" Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora for disseminating Armenian arts in the Diaspora. He was also previously presented with the Karot award at the Kremlin in Moscow, and has received numerous other awards in recognition of his work on behalf of Armenia and his contributions to Armenian culture. On April 24, 2005, he was officially invited by the Armenian government to sing his song "Adana" at a special concert in Yerevan, Armenia to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was broadcast live on Armenian television, and featured on BBC, CNN and Fox News worldwide. To date, "Adana" has been translated into 21 languages and recorded by singers and musicians from around the world. His song "Noah's Prayer" was debuted in 2002 at the Sardarabad monument in Armenia to celebrate Armenian Independence day. In attendance were Armenian President Robert Kocharian, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Holy See of Cilicia, as well as ambassadors from countries around the world. The concert, which was broadcast live on Armenian television, and via satellite to over 30 nations, has catapulted Daniel to celebrity status in Armenia. As with 'Adana', Daniel's epic lyrics complement the musical landscape of Armenian composer Ara Gevorgyan. Daniel's goals in creating this unique project are to uplift the Armenian spirit and to introduce the richness of Armenian music and culture to non-Armenians. As Daniel has often said, "Noah's Ark came to rest on Armenian Mount Ararat, so everyone is Armenian, they just don't know it yet".