Press photos by Shervin Lainez –

“Young” live at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia, a track from upcoming EP Traitor
Bill Ushler

IVA is that rare crossover artist, a singer-songwriter and bandleader, an art-song interpreter, and an opera singer. She has been steadily cultivating her unique sound since her early days as a conservatory student in New York. Compared to artists like Aimee Mann, Natalie Prass, and Florence and the Machine for her heartfelt songwriting and powerful, etherial voice, she’s been tapped as “Who’s Next” by M Musicians Magazine, touted as “supremely talented” by Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation, called “a remarkable talent … the real thing” by TriStateIndie, and featured in Billboard Magazine as an artist to watch.

Originally trained in opera at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, she began performing on television (Conan O’Brien) and off-broadway shows and started writing her own material. She signed with New York label Vurse to record her self-titled debut album before moving to Sweden on a Fulbright scholarship for classical music. While in Sweden she released “Ivolution” with Universal, launching her onto national radio and TV, all while she was making her debut at the Royal Opera of Stockholm. She returned to the U.S. to form her own band, releasing “Leap” in 2015 to NPR and tastemaker stations around the country. Her current project, “Traitor”, is due for release in the fall of 2018, with producer Jaron Olevsky at the board (Amos Lee’s music director) and Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard on string arrangements.

In 2015 the Vasa Order of America named IVA “Swedish American of the Year” for her contributions to cultural exchange between the two countries. Past honorees include actress Ann Margaret, lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Nils Löfgren of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band. She is the youngest honoree to date.

photo Tommy Hellström

IVA: Core Members

Iva – vocals, piano
Ross Bellenoit, guitar
Sonja Bontragger, piano, vocals
Nate Gonzalez, guitar
Sam Nobles, bass
Jaron Olevsky, guitar, piano
Matt Scarano, drums

“First Time” written with Charlie Berry from recent Nashville writing sessions


“Keep you eyes open for this remarkable crossover talent…she’s the real thing.” — Michael Trojan – TriStateIndie

“The message is truly positive, urging all to reach their full potential and to become “All That We Are.” The soaring chorus is skillfully delivered by the supremely talented IVA, whose voice suits the message to a T.” — Acoustic Nation – Guitar World

“Iva’s voice has a haunting, soulful, seductive quality…she is one of those people who seem to have everything…possessed with a stunning combination of beauty, brains and talent” — Len Lear – Chestnut Hill Local

“IVA (pronounced EE-vah) established herself as a strong classical singer who was well-versed in opera and performed with Opera Delaware when she was just nine. Now, IVA is focusing her energy on being a singer-songwriter crafting and singing smart, intelligent contemporary music.” — Denny Dryoff – The Times of Chester County

Read more IVA press on

International Press

Radio play

U.S. Radio

NPR – Under Currents Radio, National Programming
WXPN – Philly Local, Philadelphia, PA
WSTW – Hometown Heros, Wilmington, DE
KRVM – Eugene, OR
WMVY – Vineyard Haven, MA – Interview and Uncharted Waters
KXT Dallas, TX
KPFT Houston, TX
KUT Austin, TX
KSMF Ashland, OR
KNBA Anchorage, AK
Internet Broadcasters, Newport, OR, Portland, OR
True Fidelity
Swedish Radio
National Commercial Stations and State Radio P4

Venues Played

Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia, PA
The Banff Center, Alberta, Canada
House of Sweden, Washington, DC
Pianos, New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
River Stage at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA
World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA (upstairs)
World Cafe Live Wilmington, DE (downstairs)
Biltmore Ballroom, Atlanta, GA
Melodies Cafe, Ardmore, PA
Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
Tellus 360, Lancaster, LA
Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA
Burlap and Bean, Newtown Square, PA
Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
Barnes Foundation Philadelphia, PA
Ladybug Festival, Wilmington, DE
Kennett Flash, Kennett Square, PA
Vasa Park, NJ
Select Swedish venues include
Kungsträdgården, Stockholm (main park)
Royal Opera, Stockholm
Alcatzar, Nalen, Stockholm
Karlstad Harbor, Karlstad
Kalmar Cathedral, Kalmar
Söderports Café and Restarant, Kalmar
Avalon Hotel, Gothenberg
Allé, Kivik

Visiting Barbara Dacey on WMVY Martha’s Vineyard