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AUSTIN EDITION - International gospel artist to visit Austin

Ines De Viaud sings for displaced people of El Salvador

By Roxana Orellana

rorellana@postbulletin.com

An international gospel artist will visit the Hispanic congregation at Queen of Angels Catholic Church this weekend to share her story and music.

A parishioner, Oralia Reyes, invited Ines De Viaud to the church after seeing the artist at a concert in Minneapolis. "We had arranged for her to come to Austin but something came up and we postponed it," Reyes said.

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De Viaud, a native of El Salvador, began her music career as a composer and singer of commercial music. She wrote some of her early songs in dedication to her country while living abroad and during the civil war in El Salvador.

She later began writing Christian music. She traveled the world, visiting hospitals, jails and orphanages with a message of hope to those who had lost faith.

In 1992, she was awarded the title of "Princess of Cuzcatlan" for best composer/songwriter in El Salvador by the Salvadoran Professional Women's Association.

All money collected during her concerts goes toward charities for displaced people in El Salvador.

De Viaud will give her testimony at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church. A small concert is scheduled for Sunday after mass at Queen of Angels.

Tickets for the concert are available at the parish or Alicia's Panaderia at 1017 Second Ave. N.E.

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