What: Healing Hearts Concert and Workshop
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Unity Church of Gainesville, 3361 Clark’s Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: $10
More info: 770-534-0949
Grammy-nominated Karen Taylor-Good, long time Unity Church member herself, is set to bring her spiritual, country and sometimes even funny performance this weekend to Gainesville.
The Unity Church of Gainesville decided to host Taylor-Good’s Healing Hearts Concert and Workshop for the members to get a chance to learn a little something from the entertainer from Nashville.
Not only is Taylor-Good an award-winning country music writer, she also is a performer, singer, musician and speaker.
Karen’s songs have been recorded by artists like Patty Loveless, Melissa Manchester, Neal McCoy, Diamond Rio, Mark Wills, among others.
Her Healing Hearts Concert and Workshop isn’t so much a workshop but an exercise of the mind, according to Taylor-Good.
"It’s almost like a workshop because the songs really help people to feel at a deep level and think at a deep level," she said. "I have a couple of little fun, thought provoking exercises that tie into some of my songs."
We caught up with her this week before her weekend performance to find out a little more about the Nashville singer-songwriter.
Question: What do you have planned for the Unity of Gainesville performance this weekend?
Answer: If people are hungry for music that speaks to grown ups, they should come. My concert will be fun and moving and I’ve got a song that I wrote when my mama was in the throws of her Alzheimer’s and dementia ... through my Unity teachings, I actually found a way to put a positive outlook on what my mother was going through. There will be tears and there will be laughter and just a really warm sense of community on Sunday and I can’t wait.
Q: Describe your brand of music that you perform, is it country or spiritual?
A: I wouldn’t even call it that, some of it is, I was nominated for a Grammy for a song that was a No. 1 country song called "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye" by Patty Loveless. So that’s my Grammy nomination. So I write all my songs and they’re, some of them are spiritual in nature, they are all about real life issues. I have an incredibly funny song for women that’s called the "OBG Why Me Blues," the men actually love that, too.
Q: How long have you attended Unity Church?
A: Yes, and I do a lot of Unity Church programs all over the country and actually a few in England, as well.
Q: What do you think people can gain from attending a Unity Church?
A: Oh wow, Unity is a sweet, safe place for people who miss community and miss connections with other people and they are wide-open, accepting. My family is Jewish ... even though they teach the teachings Jesus, they do it in a very loving, accepting way. It really is the sweetest place, they love and accept everybody.
Q: What do you like about performing in an intimate setting?
A: I will be performing for 3,000 Lions Club members at the end of September, it’s like I either do great big performances or my itty bitty Unity and positive music ones. I love it and I think an intimate concert is a very special experience.