Musical gifts of the spirit: Tajci to perform 'I Thirst' in region

2013-02-22T00:00:00Z Musical gifts of the spirit: Tajci to perform 'I Thirst' in regionEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Croatian singer Tajci enthusiastically shares her musical gifts with the world as she regularly delivers spiritual tunes to audiences.

Currently, the singer is in the midst of her Lenten tour featuring "I Thirst - The Crucifixion Story." She'll bring the moving show to Sacred Heart Croation Catholic Church in Chicago at 7 p.m. Saturday and to St. John the Baptist Church, in Whiting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

"I've been on the tour for about a week and we'll finish a week before Easter," said Tajci, during a recent telephone interview from her Cincinnati home.

"I Thirst," billed as a "concert experience," tells the story of Jesus' crucifixion by mixing spiritual tunes and narrative in an emotional and poignant way.

"Being from Europe, a lot of artists have been inspired by the Passion," Tajci said, adding she wanted to share her great belief in God through this performance and hopes it touches others.

A native of Croatia, Tajci grew up under Communist rule accepting the teachings and beliefs of Communism and Atheism. Known as a pop singer in her homeland, Tajci experienced fame and fortune as a teenager but soon saw the emptiness in her life.

"Fame and success were good things to get out of the way when I was young," Tajci said. "I worked so hard as an artist to get there and I realized it's not all that. I knew it wasn't going to last - that kind of fame," she said.

"So I embarked on a spiritual journey," Tajci said. "My goal now is to live the spiritual life and to be curious, inspired and conscious of the world around me."

Tajci eventually met members of a Catholic community in Croatia and was moved by the teachings and theology.

"And the story of the Passion really moved me," she said. The singer said she started asking herself questions about what she truly believed.

As a former Atheist, Tajci said she was "happy not believing in God" but "always had a doubt that there might be a God."

She "didn't want to live in a world where it didn't add up to anything. You have to have something bigger than yourself," she said.

Tajci said she's satisfied now to use her musical talents to spread spiritual awareness.

"Singing is my passion. It's something I use as a form of communicating," she said.

During her concert, Tajci also shares experiences from her life in addition to performing her spiritual playlist.

"I always refer to my life and spiritual experiences. It's inseparable for me," she said.

During her shows in the region, Tajci will perform with her sister Sanya as well as her children Dante, Evan and Blais.

In addition to her spiritual performances, Tajci also does secular music for various engagements. She's currently working on a non-spiritual album of Croatian songs.

FYI: Tajci will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Croation Church, 2864 E. 96th St., Chicago and at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Baptist Church, 1849 Lincoln Ave., Whiting. There are no fees for the shows but free will offerings will be accepted. Visit idobelieve.com for more information.

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