Long Island teen opens for world-famous Brazilian singer

Marcilia Luzbet & DanielPhoto: Rose Lima


On Saturday March 26th, approximately 3,000 people gathered at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey for the  a stop on the 30th-anniversary tour of Brazilian singer José Daniel Camillo, known to most simply as Daniel. The concert was a huge success, courtesy of Marcilia Luzbet, the owner of Luzbet productions and promoter of the event.

Luzbet is a Brazilian businesswoman, and the biggest producer of Brazilian events in the United States. She has resided in New York for 15 years, and continues to build her South American-culture based empire. Her journey began when she founded Costela Grill a year and a half ago, a restaurant in New York that is now world famous for its performances by many prominent
Latin stars, with Daniel being just one. Over the past year, Luzbet has brought together countless Latin singers and built avenues for them to perform here in the United States, both in her own venue, and through others such as the Robert Treat Hotel.

Emilia Pedersen, a Long Island resident, dazzled audiences with her acapella rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” during the opening of Daniel’s concert.

Emilia Pedersen

Photo: Claudia Knutsson

“It was an amazing experience to open the concert for such a famous singer from Brazil,” said Pedersen. “I am proud to have the opportunity to promote Brazilian culture, while also paying respect to the United States.

“My goal is to bring diverse talent to the USA and I am proud to show my respect to the country by opening the show with the American National Anthem sung by a singer with a multicultural background like Emilia Pedersen,” said Luzbet.

Pedersen is no stranger to cultural diversity; she is Danish with Brazilian roots, but has lived in Great Neck for the past 7 years. She also currently holds the title of “Miss Brasil Teen USA” and is a junior ambassador for Love Together Brasil, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding underprivileged children in Northern Brazil.

While she was excited  to have the opportunity to open for such a large crowd, Pedersen was star struck by Daniel.

“It was an honor to have the privilege of interviewing Daniel,” said Pedersen. “My mother grew up listening to his music, and it was surreal to be able to meet him in person.”

Daniel showed his gratitude to Luzbet for giving him the opportunity to perform forso many of his fans based in the Northeast by giving her the figure of Our Lady of Aparecida, the sacred Brazilian figure of the Virgin Mary, and took a moment to speak on his home country. In an emotional moment, he sent a message to the people in Brazil who are currently in times of hardship.

“I know that many of you are going through hard times, but I wish love and peace for everyone back in Brazil,” said Daniel.