Renowned singer Emily Samson Tepe (aka IVA) performed at The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce – Georgia’s 28th Annual Lucia Gala
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia held its 28th annual Lucia Gala on Saturday, December 14, at the Biltmore Ballroom in Midtown Atlanta. The signature event for the Swedish community, the gala celebrates the ancient tradition of Saint Lucia. The custom originates from Syracuse, Italy, where Saint Lucia was martyred in 304 A.D. Sweden adopted the tradition of representing her rekindled spirit with a maiden wearing a candlelit-crown, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, which she brings during the darkest time of the year. The Lucia often sings songs along with other maidens at her side.
This year’s Lucia was performed by renowned singer Emily Samson Tepe, aka, IVA. Acclaimed by Billboard magazine, she has appeared on Conan O’Brien and has been described as “Madonna meets Enya”. She recently performed for the Swedish king and queen during their recent visit to the U.S. for the 375th anniversary of the arrival of Swedish settlers.