Jaci Velasquez

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Jaci Velasquez
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Velasquez performing at the White House in 2002
Background information
Birth nameJacquelyn Davette Velasquez
Born (1979-10-15) October 15, 1979 (age 39)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Contemporary Christian, pop, Latin pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • voice actress
Years active1992–present
Website jacivelasquez.com

Jacquelyn "Jaci" Davette Velasquez (Spanish Jaci Velásquez, born October 15, 1979) is an American actress and Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer and songwriter, performing in both English and Spanish.

Contemporary Christian music genre of modern popular music

Contemporary Christian music is a genre of modern popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. It formed as those affected by the 1960s Jesus movement revival began to express themselves in a more contemporary style of music than the hymns, Gospel and Southern gospel music that was prevalent in the church at the time. Today, the term is typically used to refer to pop, rock, or praise & worship styles.

Latin pop refers to pop music that contains sounds or influence from Latin America, but it can also mean pop music from anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world. Latin pop usually combines upbeat Latin music with American pop music. Latin pop is commonly associated with Spanish-language pop, rock, and dance music.


Velasquez has sold almost three million albums in the US, [1] recorded three Platinum and three Gold albums, and recorded 16 singles that hit No. 1 plus six more that entered the top 10. [2] She received a Latin Billboard Music Award in 2002 for her album "Mi Corazón", eight Dove Awards, including Best New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year, [2] as well as three Grammy nominations, and an American Music Award nomination in the category of "Favorite Latin Artist" in 2002. [3]

Since late 2010, Velasquez has co-hosted a morning radio show with Doug Griffin.


Early life

Velasquez was born in Houston, Texas. She is of Mexican, Spanish, French, Scottish, and Arab ancestry. [4] She grew up in an evangelical church where her parents were singers and pastors. Although she has described herself as a "Non-denominational Christian", she stated in an interview with Morris Cerullo that "you're talking to an Assemblies of God's girl"[ citation needed ].

Houston City in Texas, United States

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA. With a total area of 627 square miles (1,620 km2), Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States. It is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is similarly not consolidated with that of a county or borough. Though primarily in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.

A non-denominational person or organization is not restricted to any particular or specific religious denomination.

Morris Cerullo is an American pentecostal evangelist. He has traveled extensively around the world for his ministry. He hosts Victory Today, a daily television program, and has published more than 80 books.

At the age of nine, she began traveling with her father, who by that time was a full-time singing evangelist. She began by singing backup, then later sang solo, releasing two independent records. It was while on the road that she was discovered by a representative of Myrrh Records. [5]

Myrrh Records US music record label; imprint of Word Entertainment

Myrrh Records, also known as Myrrh Worship, was an American Christian music record label. According to Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music, the label was instrumental in developing a popular following for contemporary Christian music as the label that first published music by Barry McGuire, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Randy Matthews and Nancy Honeytree. The label is also known for serving as the first label for popular Christian crossover singer Amy Grant, who joined the label in 1977. She stayed with Myrrh until 1999.

Music career

Velasquez released her national debut album Heavenly Place in 1996; five of its songs became No. 1 hits. The album was later certified Platinum. Velasquez has been distinguished as the fastest selling solo debut recording artist in her genre and the first solo artist in Christian music history to reach gold status with a debut album. She has since released seven more English-language albums, two of which were certified Gold. Five Latin albums garnishing amazing success with Llegar A Ti going double-platinum and Mi Corazón going platinum. She has produced sixteen No. 1 Christian radio hits and six other top-10 singles, and has won nine Dove awards, including New Artist of the Year and two Female Vocalist of the Year wins. Velasquez has also done ad campaigns for Pepsi, Target, Doritos, John Freida's Frizz-Ease hair products and Helzberg Diamonds. [3]

<i>Heavenly Place</i> 1996 studio album by Jaci Velasquez

Heavenly Place is Jaci Velasquez' debut major label album, released in 1996 on Myrrh Records.

<i>Llegar A Ti</i> 1999 studio album by Jaci Velásquez

Llegar a Ti is the first Spanish release by contemporary Christian music singer Jaci Velásquez. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Top Latin Albums chart while the title track reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and Latin Pop Songs charts. It received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album, and the album's lead single, "Llegar a Ti", was nominated at the first Latin Grammy Awards in the category of "Best Latin Pop Female Performance".

<i>Mi Corazón</i> 2001 studio album by Jaci Velasquez

Mi Corazón is the second Spanish album recorded by American Latin pop and contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez. It was released by Sony Music Latin on May 8, 2001. The album charted in the top 10 on both the Latin Pop Albums and Top Latin Albums charts. lead single, "Cómo Se Cura Una Herida", charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. The album received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in the 44th Annual Grammy Awards on February 27, 2002, and it won a Dove Award for Best Spanish language album of the year.

In 1998, she signed to Sony Discos for a four-album deal and was introduced to Rudy Pérez, who produced her first Spanish-language crossover album Llegar a Ti which topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, the first Christian track to top that chart of its kind. This album enabled Velasquez to achieve crossover success by building a fan base among Hispanics. Her first single, "Llegar a Ti," topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and became the first Christian song to top that chart. The song also gave her a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance.

Sony Music Latin is a record label owned by Sony Music. The label focuses on artists of Latin music.

Rudy Pérez American musician

Rudy Amado Pérez is a Cuban-born American musician, songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, sound engineer, musical director and singer, as well as entertainment entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His area of specialty is ballads, although he has also worked in a variety of other genres.

Latin Grammy Award accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences of the United States

A Latin Grammy Award is an award by The Latin Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the Latin music industry. The Latin Grammy honors works produced anywhere around the world that were recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese and is awarded in the United States. Submissions of products recorded in regional languages from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula of Hispanophone or Lusophone countries such as Catalan, Guarani, Quechua may also be considered. Both the regular Grammy Award and the Latin Grammy Award have similar nominating and voting processes, in which the selections are decided by peers within the Latin music industry.

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Velasquez in 2001

In 2001, she released her second Spanish-language album, Mi Corazón. The album's lead single, "Como Se Cura Una Herida," topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and became one of the biggest singles of the year, receiving multiple award nominations and wins. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. "Como Se Cura Una Herida" charted at No. 1 simultaneously with the song "Adore" at No. 1 on the CCM (Inspirational) chart giving Velasquez two simultaneous No. 1s in two different markets. [6]

Her Latin music success includes five Spanish-language releases, two No. 1 Latin Billboard Singles, two Platinum albums, a Premio Lo Nuestro Award for New Artist of the Year, two Billboard Latin Music Awards, and four Dove Awards for Spanish Language Album of the Year.

In September 2008, Velasquez was chosen by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs as one of the 15 Prominent Hispanic-Americans in the Arts in America. [7]

In August 2011, Velasquez signed with a new label, Inpop Records, and her album, Diamond , was released on February 7, 2012. [8] Velasquez released her first Spanish-language lullaby album, Buenas noches mi sol, in 2012 with Fisher-Price. [9] Velasquez released a new project on March 31, 2017 through Integrity Music, consisting of an English-language album, Trust, and the Spanish-language version, Confío. [10] [11] At the 48th Dove Awards, Confío won Spanish Language Album of the Year [12]

Acting career

Velasquez made her acting debut in the 2003 film Chasing Papi , which also featured Sofia Vergara, Roselyn Sanchez, and Eduardo Verastegui, as well as Nicole Scherzinger in a cameo role. It was released nationwide in the United States in April 2003. The movie reached No. 11 at the box office, and grossed $6 million worldwide. Velasquez also starred in the Christian films The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown , both released in 2011. [13]

In November 2010, Velasquez began co-hosting the Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug Griffin after being a guest host for several months. [2] The show airs on over 100 U.S. radio stations for four hours each weekday morning. [2]

In 2016, she played the drama teacher Mrs. Diaz in I'm Not Ashamed , a 2016 biographical drama film based on the journals of Rachel Joy Scott. [14] [ citation needed ]

Personal life

Velasquez married Darren Potuck, of the band AutoVaughn, on August 16, 2003. They were divorced in 2005. [15]

On December 17, 2006, she married Nic Gonzales in a private ceremony in Austin, Texas. Gonzales is a member of Salvador, a Christian group with whom she had been touring. [16] Their first son Zealand was born in 2007 and their second son Soren in 2009. [17]

Velasquez and her husband were featured in an episode of the home remodeling reality TV show Renovation Realities which aired December 6, 2014 on the DIY Network. [18]


Jaci Velasquez discography
Studio albums16
Compilation albums2
YearSingleCCM [21] Hot
Tracks [22]
Dance [23]
1996"If This World"1 Heavenly Place
"Un Lugar Celestial"1
"Flower in the Rain"1
1997"On My Knees"1
"We Can Make a Difference"1
1998"God So Loved"1 Jaci Velasquez
1999"Speak For Me"1
"Show You Love"1
"God Love You"Touched By an Angel
"I Will Rest in You" Streams
"Llegar A Ti" (featuring MDO)1 Llegar A Ti
2000"Solo Tu"4
"De Creer En Tii" ("On My Knees")18
"Un Lugar Celestial"40
"Love Will Find You" ("Llegar A Ti")24Music of the Heart (Soundtrack)
"Imagine Me Without You"1 Crystal Clear
2001"Everytime I Fall"1
"Just a Prayer Away"1
"You're Not There"
"Cómo Se Cura Una Herida"1 Mi Córazon
"Vida Mia" (featuring Son by Four )
"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" (duet with Alvin and the Chipmunks) Christmas
"Feliz Navidad"
"The First Noel"
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"non-album single
"Tiempo De Amar" Navidad
"In Green Pastures"A Traveling Light
2002"Center of Your Love"1 Crystal Clear
"Crystal Clear"
"Dejame Quererte Para Siempre" Mi Corazón
"No Me Rendire" (duet with Pablo Portillo)19Protagonistas De La Musica
2003"You're My God" Unspoken
"Jesus Is"22
"Where I Belong"
"No Hace Falta Un Hombre"5 Milagro
"I Don't Need a Man"Chasing Papi (soundtrack)
2005"With All My Soul" Beauty Has Grace
"Lay It Down"
2007"Auld Lang Syne" Open House
"Loved By You"Songs of Hope
2008"Love Out Loud" Love Out Loud
"Jesus (The Way)"
2011"Jingle Bells"duet (featuring Nic Gonzales)31This Joyful Christmas
2012"Give Them Jesus"33 Diamond
2013"Reinas" (with Eddie Martinez)Te Seguire
"Unforgettable" (with David Velásquez)non-album single
2017"Let the Lion Roar" (with Tim Rushlow)non-album single
2018"God Who Moves the Mountains" Trust/Confio
"Great Are You Lord" (featuring Nic Gonzales)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Chart performance




Latin Grammy Award Nominations

Dove Awards [26]

American Music Awards Nominations

Billboard Latin Music Awards

Premio Lo Nuestro

Premios Arpa

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