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Music to soothe the savage beast — JJ Heller in concert

Radio and recording artist JJ Heller will perform a free concert in Pagosa Springs at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

An opportunity for a donation to help defray some of the costs will be offered.

This will be a unique opportunity for our community to have a concert from a musician currently receiving wide spread radio play around the nation and on the Christian Billboard charts. Heller’s song “Your Hands” made itself at home on Billboard Magazine’s Christian Songs’ chart for 24 weeks in 2010, and peaked at No. 13. In the following months, JJ saw her music placed on the ABC family show “Make It Or Break It,” and CW’s “One Tree Hill.”

In August of 2010, JJ’s second radio single, “What Love Really Means,” began to find its way into the hearts of a new audience. Radio stations started receiving calls and e-mail messages from listeners who were brought to tears as they heard the song. The warm reception helped “What Love Really Means” surpass the success of “Your Hands” on the Billboard Christian Songs chart.

JJ Heller’s first music video “What Love Really Means,” was posted to youtube.com in September 2010. With the help of social networking sites like facebook.com, the video was viewed over 100,000 times within the first 48 hours (the video now has over 2.5 million views). Along with these nationwide favorites songs from such as the albums as” When I’m With You” and “Painted Red,” JJ Heller will be singing songs from her widely popular and moving 2011 album “Deeper.” It’s very rare to find an album that you can call flawless, but “Deeper” is one such album. Honest lyrics, soothing music and peaceful vocals combine to create a project that will quietly wow fans of all ages, genders and states of mind.

They say that music soothes the savage beast and JJ Heller must have taken that phrase to heart because she has created an oasis for the soul in this album. The loud noises of stress, worry, bills, kids, life, etc., don’t stand a chance of being heard through the peace that her music brings. Instead “Deeper” delivers a quiet strength.

Some people feel the need to get loud in order to project a sense of strength. JJ Heller is not one of those people. Her quiet passion has an almost gossamer feel to it ... soft and delicate, yet strong as nails.

Her lyrics are the same way. JJ Heller doesn’t give us earth-shattering new doctrine that turns our lives inside out. No, instead she takes the everyday life that we all lead and she tells us stories about it. Her stories aren’t so different from our own and because of that, we can relate to them as easily as we breathe. Listening to her is like sitting down in front of a cozy fire on a winter evening with an old and dear friend who knows us inside-out and shares life’s ups and downs over a mug of steaming hot chocolate. We may not find all of the answers and solve all of life’s problems, but we will feel like we’re not in this alone. JJ Heller helps us to remember that often times people are put in our lives to share the journey with so that the load won’t seem quite as heavy as it did before.

The whole album is filled with gems; each song sparkling in its simplicity as it sneaks into your heart. Bottom line — JJ Heller’s album “Deeper” digs into the heart of the matter. It delves into your soul and deposits something there that will make you a better person.

Mark your calendar now for Sunday, Feb. 12, for what will be an evening of inspiration at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Again, the concert is being offered free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken.

For more information, call 731-6200 or write questions to graceinpagosa@centurytel.net.

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