Clifton Jansky to appear in Tarpley
Christian country performer Clifton Jansky will attend Tarpley Baptist Church in Tarpley, on Sunday, Nov. 4, singing and sharing his story in the morning service, beginning at 11 am. After lunch, he will present a concert beginning at 1:30 pm. A love offering will be received.
"From Amarillo by Morning to Amazing Grace" is not just one of Jansky's singles, it's his life story. While growing up in South Texas, Jansky's dream was to perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
He formed first band at the age of 11, and recorded his first record at 17. Jansky was so successful in South Texas that country music became his sole source of income for 22 years. As a mainstream country artist, he had 12 records on country radio, including the regional hit, "Amarillo by Morning," three years before George Strait's version. Clifton opened shows for Gary Morris, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Eddie Rabbitt and Holly Dunn.
Although it seemed like he was one song away from hitting the big time, in reality, Jansky was one prayer away from changing his life and dreams forever.
After his band trailer was stolen and a marriage ended in divorce, Jansky attended Bible study in January 1984 at the age of 27. For the first time he heard the Word of God and that God had a plan for His life. Four months later, Jansky put his faith in Jesus Christ and was overwhelmingly saved by God's Amazing Grace.
"I felt like I weighed three ounces after praying that prayer, and I've never been the same since," he recalled.
Jansky released his first single "Heart Transplant" to Christian Country radio in August 2000 - which became his first number one song. In November 2001, God fulfilled the dream of a 6-year-old boy. Jansky sang on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium at the Christian Country Music Association Awards Show in Nashville. A few minutes later, he was awarded the 2001 CCMA New Artist of the Year.
Since then, Jansky has been selected 2002 CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year and 2004 CCMA Entertainer of the Year, as well as 2005 CCMA Songwriter of the Year. He has had six number one singles in Christian Country Music. He looks at the success as a door that God has opened to allow his message and music to be heard by a large number of radio listeners across the country and around the world through the Internet.
Jansky said, "I am now doing what God created me to do. My heart is to go where the people are and share God's love through my music and my life so that they can take the ride 'From Amarillo by Morning to Amazing Grace' just like me."
A resident of San Antonio, Jansky has been in full-time ministry for almost 22 years. The Tarpley Family invites everyone to join them for this great day with Clifton Jansky.