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Concert to observe Lent


Tajci Cameron will present an evening of songs and stories during a free concert sponsored by Good Samaritan Catholic Church at the Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium Saturday, March 7. (Contributed photos)
 

 
Catholic church invites community to Lenten concert

by Whitney Crouch
wcrouch@timescourier.com

At age 19, Croatian singer Tajci (TY-chi) Cameron was a superstar after appearing on the televised Eurovision Song Contest 1990.

As her fame grew over the next few years, however, she could not find answers to her deepest heart questions. She eventually chose to leave behind her career and moved to the United States where she has undergone a spiritual transformation.

Today, the musician continues to inspire audiences through performances in churches across the country and also challenges people to live with purpose through her television show “Waking Up in America” (wakingupinamerica.net).

When asked about what she enjoys about singing, she stated, “Music has the power to pierce the walls we build around our hearts, and what happens when we open up and connect is we let the grace in, we heal, we experience joy, love, hope, a sense of belonging and our purpose.”

Ellijay concert

Tajci will be performing a free concert at the Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium, located at 32 McCutchen Street, Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Good Samaritan Catholic Church is sponsoring the event as part of its observance of Lent.

Titled “Awaken” the concert will include music from the singer’s recently released indie-pop album of the same name.

Tajci also emphasized that storytelling is an important part of her performances.

“It’s not a regular concert. I am a storyteller. I’ll both sing and talk,” she told the Times-Courier. “And it’s not going to be flashy or too formal. It’s very down to earth, honest and raw but a beautiful and powerful experience ... those who come to the concert event with an open heart will be moved. I’m hoping that through the concert they can experience this connection with the divine presence of God in our lives and be inspired to take this awareness into the world.”

Good Samaritan representative Chris Rajk explained the parish seeks each year to help its members have a “prayerful worship experience particular to the Lenten season.”

“This year we decided to attempt to have a special worship experience and extend it to the entire Ellijay Christian community,” he stated. “Tajci is a special talent and has a special message. Those who attend can expect to have a evening of Christian fellowship, which will be both entertaining and inspirational ... Lent is a time to reflect on Christ’s life ministry in preparation for rejoicing in his resurrection. What better way to do that than through Christian music shared by all?”

In conclusion, Tajci issued the following invitation, “If you’re going to do one thing in preparation for Easter, come to this concert. I don’t like to dwell on the suffering of Christ — a few years ago, I got stuck at the cross, not willing to let go of the pain for a long time — so I won’t drag you down into it. But I will help you, through music, to come close to it and look at Christ’s wounds from a perspective that perhaps you haven’t experienced before.”

To learn more about Tajci’s music, visit the website Tajci.net.

For further concert information, call (706) 636-2772. 
 
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