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Contemporary Christian music concert benefits 12-step program

Singer-songwriter Lee Garrett will perform at Victorious Life Church in Conyers on Jan. 12.

Singer-songwriter Lee Garrett will perform at Victorious Life Church in Conyers on Jan. 12.

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Hailey Dawn, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter from Gainesville, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., will perform also perform at Victorious Life on Jan. 12.

Three groups will perform in concert at Victorious Life Church in Conyers to benefit Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered program designed to help people overcome problems in their lives.

The organization states its purpose as helping those "struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through the recovery process."

More than 700,000 people have gone through Celebrate Recovery in more than 17,000 churches worldwide and Victorious Life Church is getting ready to offer one such program in Conyers. The concert, which will be Saturday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m., is called the "I Am Redeemed" concert and will benefit the new Celebrate Recovery chapter.

"This is a Christ-centered, 12-step program that is open to the public -- to everyone from all walks of life," Jose Quinones said.

Quinones, a deacon at Victorious Life Church, leads special events and outreach at the church and will head up the new Celebrate Recovery program.

"It allows there to be a safe place for people to recover from their hurts, hang-ups and habits and tackle real-life issues," he said. "It motivates and encourages. It's a means to allow God to work in their lives.

"It's also a way to help people learn how to make healthy choices and decisions going forward. It's really the line between sobriety and actual recovery."

The concert will feature Garrett Lee, a singer-songwriter from Alabama.

"He's really talented and has an incredible ministry," Quinones said. "He really portrays the gospel through his music."

Hailey Dawn, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter from Gainesville who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., will also perform that night.

"She is really energetic," Quinones said. "She has an awesome love for Christ and it shows through in her songs and music when she takes the stage. Even at a young age, she's able to really let the audience know the gospel message."

The third group will be Collide, the in-house band at Victorious Life Church. Collide will also play music at the Celebrate Recovery meetings each week. Composed of church members, Collide is a six-member group that provides praise and worship music.

Doors to the concert open at 4:30 p.m. and tickets will be on sale at the door for $5. Those 12 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.

In addition to the music, Brad and Renee Rutledge will speak. They are area directors for Celebrate Recovery and lead the program at East Ridge Community Church in Covington.

Quinones said Celebrate Recovery came to his attention through a church member at Victorious Life, who had once been an addict.

"He was saved at the church," Quinones said. "(Celebrate Recovery) was dear to his heart. Through that we've come to realize that this is not only something that would work in his life, but in the lives of others. The church in general could benefit from this as well as the community. We felt it was needed in Conyers for sure."

The Celebrate Recovery ministry at Victorious Life Church will begin the first Monday in February at 7 p.m. and will meet weekly.

"(It is successful) I think because the way we come together," Quinones said of why Celebrate Recovery works. "There's a time of worship, a time of praise and a time of teaching. There are testimonies. That goes back to supporting the teachings.

"That's how we build these relationships. People can talk to each other and then biblically, it's moving forward. That gives a sense of empowerment through Christ that they are allowed to have that freedom."

Quinones also mentioned "Homerun," a new movie to be released in April that showcases Celebrate Recovery and said it is a movie that encourages families to talk about issues and to encourage people to go to Celebrate Recovery. A trailer for the upcoming movie will be shown at the "I Am Redeemed" concert.

If you go

What: "I am Redeemed," a contemporary Christian music concert

When: Jan. 12, at 5 p.m.

Where: Victorious Life Church, 1615 Remington Court in Conyers

Cost: Tickets are $5; children ages 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.vlcog.com.