Ex-European pop star to share Catholic faith in concerts

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted March 11, 2011, at 10:49 p.m.

A former Eastern European pop star who travels the world using her musical gifts to share her faith will perform during Lent at nine Catholic churches from Houlton to York.

Tajci’s concert, “I Thirst —The Crucifixion Story,” will include her own compositions and adaptations of traditional hymns along with chants and contemporary spiritual songs.

Old Town native Denny Bouchard, who is a record producer in Los Angeles, will accompany her.

Born Tatjana Matejas in Zagreb, Croatia, Tajci, pronounced TY-chee, grew up in the former Yugoslavia, according to information on her website, www.Idobelieve.com. Raised in a musical family, she was singing with her father’s band when she was 4 years old ,and after performing in a Eurovision Song Contest at the age of 19, she was a European sensation but disconnected from her faith.

“My parents were very young when I was born and they were very afraid of communism, so they didn’t abandon their faith, but they baptized us secretly, and then they didn’t talk to us about God,” Matejas, now 40, said 4½ years ago during an appearance at Medjugorje, a religious pilgrimage site in Croatia. “It was too dangerous. They could have taken them to prison, and then what are we going to do? They were trying to protect us.”

Despite her early success, Matejas was not happy, according to the biography on her website. She moved to New York City at the age of 21 to study musical theater. Out of the limelight, she was able to explore her faith and begin expressing it through her music.

Matejas and her husband, Matthew Cameron, live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their three sons.

Her concerts in Maine will be held at the following times and churches:

  1. 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bridgton.
  2. 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, St. Michael Catholic Church, Augusta.
  3. 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, St. Peter Catholic Church, East Millinocket.
  4. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, St. Mary Catholic Church, Houlton.
  5. 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, St. Mary Catholic Church, Bangor.
  6. 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellsworth.
  7. 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, St. Anne Catholic Church, Dexter.
  8. 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, Notre Dame Catholic Church, Waterville.
  9. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26, St. Christopher Catholic Church, York.

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