Galina Peneva Ivanova (Bulgarian: Галина Пенева Иванова ; born June 28, 1973 in Ruse, Bulgaria), better known as Gloria (Bulgarian: Глория), is a well known Bulgarian Pop, Dance, Rock, and Pop folk singer, perhaps the most popular of her generation. She is known as the *Queen of pop-folk * Official Site Gloria was born in the family of Stefka Ivanova and Penko Ivanov. A very emotional and lively girl, she also preferred to play more with boys than girls. During second grade, Gloria almost lost her legs. The doctors from Ruse gave her an emergency operation, but it failed. The expectation was that she would need to be in a wheelchair until the age of eighteen. Her mother, however, did not give up fighting this tragic accident. The same year, she met professor Shoilev, who performed a second operation in Sofia. Gloria was able to stand on her feet again. Until this day, she remains grateful to Professor Shoilev. Four years later, Gloria's parents divorced, leaving her and her brother Nikolai to live with their grandparents in a cottage. During that time, they completed their secondary education. Gloria herself finished Technical High School in farming. Gloria has been a performer since 1990. Her second studio album Za dobro ili zlo sold over 600 000. Her studio album Blagodarya was released in Bulgaria in March 2007 and it sold over 16 000 original copies within the first week of release. Whilst remaining loyal to a Bulgarian folk sound, over the years she has expanded her musical scope and in 2010 worked with Deep Zone Project, a Bulgarian electro act.