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Grandchildren of Ellis Island Immigrants to Sing Tribute to their Ancestors at Gabby Awards

Emanuel Ayvas and George Psomas, two young professional entertainers, grew up hearing stories of their grandparents’ emigration from Greece to the United States through Ellis Island. At next month’s Gabby Awards ceremony, the pair will sing a tribute to all of our ancestors in the symbolic Registry Room, which their grandparents walked through to enter America.

Their song, entitled “The Journey,” written especially for the Gabby Awards, will talk about the journey from the shores of Greece to America to the present day.

“It is completely co-written by both of us and talks about the journey of those who came before us and how they have influenced our lives, and how they will continue their journey through us,” George said.

Ayvas and Psomas, both talented young performers, will sing the song together along with a string quarter for musical accompaniment.

Emanuel Ayvas graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Music studying composition under Dr. Allen Anderson, and classical piano under Dr. Mayron Tsong. Emanuel is the frontman and composer/singer for the renowned Brooklyn-based rock orchestra Emanuel and the Fear. They have completed two records and plan to release their third this summer. They’ve been featured in the Guardian, Rolling Stone Magazine, and NME music to name a few, and have been touring for just over a year around The United States, Canada, and Europe.

George Psomas is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a double major in Theatre and Business. He was in the original revival cast of “South Pacific” on Broadway at Lincoln Center, including the “Live from Lincoln Center” PBS Broadcast. George was also named the winner of “Broadway Idol” by the New York Musical Theatre Festival. His voice-over work includes the role of “Kevin” in the animated pilot “The Upstate Four” for the Cartoon Network and Bunko Studios, and he can also be seen in the December 2008 issue of Vogue Magazine in the photos “Romeo and Juliet” by photographer Annie Leibovitz. His website can be viewed here.

George and Emanuel look forward to singing “The Journey” and paying tribute to not only their grandparents but all those Greek American immigrants who left their homeland in search of better opportunities in America.

“I am honored to be a part of the Gabby Awards, especially as a performer, and I know that it will be an evening filled with people who are as honored as I am to be a Greek American,” George said. “I look forward to hearing their stories and celebrating their success.”

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