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Christian singer, children's chorus visits Chambersburg

August 09, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - During almost three decades of writing and performing Christian music, Twila Paris has drawn inspiration from myriad influences.

But she does wait for inspiration to hit.

"His Holy Spirit needs to be involved in the process to be effective and lasting. I can't just say today I'm going to write a great song to help people," Paris said in a recent telephone interview from Chicago, where she was rehearsing.

Paris, 48, is on her second tour with the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, which includes a performance Friday night at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

They will perform separately and together with the choir singing traditional hymns, U.S. folk songs and worship songs.

World Vision was founded in 1950 and worked to find sponsors for Korean children orphaned during the Korean War. This involved bringing a choir from a Korean orphanage to tour the U.S. to help find sponsors, according to concert promotional materials.

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Since the 1980s, the choir has recruited children from middle-class homes and now helps low-income urban families, according to World Vision's Web site.

Paris toured the Western part of the country last summer with the choir. So this four-week tour will hit the Eastern half.

Paris just finished a new CD, "Small Sacrifice," that will probably be released this fall, but some advance copies will be available for purchase at the Chambersburg concert.

Paris' performance will include songs from "Small Sacrifice" and "He Is Exalted: Live Worship."

Her song writing has been influenced by what's going on in her life and by other artists, including Andrae Crouch, The Imperials, early Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Sting, Michael W. Smith, Sarah McLachlan and Coldplay.

"Sometimes, when you're writing a Christian song, it's what I read in the Bible this morning in my quiet time or what the minister said on Sunday morning," she said. "Or something going on in a friend's life or in my life."

Or she sees something on the news and writes about it as seen through a biblical view, "overlaying God's heart for that situation for those people."

"I figured maybe I'd be doing this for five, 10 years. I would have laughed at you if you'd said 28 years from now you'll still be recording and touring," she said. "It's a blessing to still be doing this."




If you go ...



WHAT: Twila Paris in concert with the World Vision Korea Children's Choir

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10

WHERE: Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium, 511 S. Sixth St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $13 in advance; $16 at the door

MORE: For advance tickets, call 717-491-1955 or go to www.itickets.com.

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