A Samoan musician with a powerful story to tell about how God’s grace has helped her and her family through the toughest of times is in the country.
Annie Grace and her husband Mission Tonumali’i, who live in New Zealand, are here to organise a Concert and a production show called “Grace will restore” to be staged in Samoa on Saturday 30 April 2016.
The free community event planned to be held in front of the government building aims to raise awareness about constant challenges such as depression and suicide.
And there is more. Having been through issues such as multiple miscarriages, being diagnosed with a bone marrow disease among many other life threatening challenges, the award-winning musician’s message is that “God’s Grace restores.”
Honoured as New Zealand’s Best Pacific Female Artist in 2006, Annie is in Samoa with motivational speaker, Mel Magele and are working with the Grace Saves Committee to finalise the logistics for the event.
The Production team of more than 20 is being assisted by the New Zealand Christian Prayerline on their trip to Samoa where they will minister to people from all denominations.
On the night, there will be special testimonies from top Samoans including world heavyweight boxing challenger, David Tua, about how God saved him from depression and restored him.
Annie Grace’s profile from her website
In the early 1980s, a singer/songwriter was born in South Auckland, a beautiful Samoan girl named Annie to the late Sam Palemene Mataupu and Talosaga Niu Robertson, who would eventually marry the late Taulagi Seiuli Puletiuatoa.
Annie was one of 12 siblings and through her mother and aunty Mafa, her passion for music was inspired, realised, and nurtured.
At the tender age of 5, Annie began singing in church, helping to open up opportunities to sing at local rest homes, hospitals, international church rallies, corporate conferences and as the years passed, she was sought after to perform at family events; namely weddings and funerals.
At the age of 10, she would co-host a Sunday morning radio program with her aunty, the late Maina Jones, mother of former All Black Michael Jones. Annie would later go on to release her first album ‘I Have Decided To Follow Jesus’. At the tender age of 21, she released her second album ‘Childhood’, consisting of the Samoan hit tracks ‘Tala Mai E Le Lagi’ and ‘Tasi Le Loto’.
The album immersed Annie into the music world, where she would later be recognised as New Zealand’s Best Pacific Female Artist in 2006. In the same year, Victory Outreach San Fernando Valley, pastored by the late David Martinez, would sponsor a USA-wide album tour. 2015 has been a trying year, pushing her to life’s edge through constant challenges, including multiple miscarriages, resulting depression and the diagnosis of a bone marrow disease.
Annie has learnt to embrace each challenge and is ready to tell her story of hope and triumph through her new album ‘The Journey’, sharing her real life experiences with a desire that it will bring healing and restoration.
A special acknowledgement is for her amazing husband Mission Tonumalii, daughter Mishana, nephew Cornelius Puletiuatoa (Mishana’s “brother”) and their 3 babies in heaven.