Jaci Velasquez

Jaci Velasquez

Born: October 15, 1979
Age: 44
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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.

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.

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].

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]


Music career

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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]

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 Tiwhich top 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.

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 song "Adore" at No. 1 top 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 drama teacher Mrs. Diaz in I'm Not Ashamed, a 2016 biographical drama film based on the journals of Rachel Joy Scott.[citation needed]

Personal life

Velasquez married Darren Potuck, of the band AutoVaughn, on August 16, 2003. They were divorced in 2005.[14]

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.[15] Their first son Zealand was born in 2007 and their second son Soren in 2009.[16]

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.[17]


Jaci Velasquez discography
Studio albums16
Compilation albums2
  • 1992: Help Me (independent)
  • 1994: Keep the Fire Burning (independent)
  • 1996: Heavenly Place (US No. 142[18]) (Platinum - RIAA[19]) (debut album)
  • 1998: Jaci Velasquez (US No. 56[18]) (Gold - RIAA[19])
  • 1999: Llegar A Ti (2× Platinum - Latin RIAA[19])
  • 2000: Crystal Clear (US No. 49[18]) (Gold - RIAA[19])
  • 2001: Mi Corazón (Platinum - Latin RIAA[19])
  • 2001: Christmas (US No. 102[18])
  • 2001: Navidad
  • 2003: Unspoken (US No. 55[18])
  • 2003: Milagro
  • 2004: Mi Historia Musical (compilation)
  • 2005: Beauty Has Grace (US No. 195[18])
  • 2006: On My Knees: The Best of Jaci Velasquez (a.k.a. Jaci Velasquez: Greatest Hits)
  • 2007: Open House (Christmas EP)
  • 2008: Love Out Loud
  • 2012: Diamond
  • 2012: Acoustic Favorites (EP)
  • 2012: Buenas Noches mi Sol / Canciones De Cuna (Fisher Price/1201 Music.Spanish lullaby record)
  • 2017: Trust/Confío
Year Single CCM[20] Hot
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
"Glory" 1
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" 1 Llegar A Ti
2000 "Solo Tu" 4
"De Creer En Tii" 18
"Un Lugar Celestial" 40
"Love Will Find You" 24 Music of the Heart (Soundtrack)
"Imagine Me Without You" 1 Crystal Clear
2001 "Everytime I Fall" 1
"Just a Prayer Away" 1
"Adore" 1
"You're Not There"
"Cómo Se Cura Una Herida" 1 Mi Córazon
"Vida Mia"
"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" 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" 19 Protagonistas De La Musica
2003 "You're My God" Unspoken
"Jesus Is" 22
"Where I Belong"
"Unspoken" 8
"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" 31 This Joyful Christmas
2012 "Give Them Jesus" 33 Diamond
2013 "Reinas" Te Seguire
"Unforgettable" non-album single
2017 "Let the Lion Roar" non-album single
2018 "God Who Moves the Mountains" Trust/Confio
"Great Are You Lord"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Chart performance

  • 1999: "Llegar A Ti" Hot Latin Tracks No. 1[23]
  • 2000: "De Creer En Ti (On My Knees)" Hot Latin Tracks No. 18[23]
  • 2000: "Love Will Find You (Llegar A Ti)" Hot Dance Music/Club Play No. 24[24]
  • 2000: "Solo Tu" Hot Latin Tracks No. 4[23]
  • 2000: "Un Lugar Celestial" Hot Latin Tracks No. 40[23]
  • 2001: "Como Se Cura Una Herida" Hot Latin Tracks No. 1[23]
  • 2003: "No Hace Falta Un Hombre" Hot Latin Tracks No. 5[23]
  • 2003: "No Me Rendire" Hot Latin Tracks No. 19[23]


  • 2003: Chasing Papi
  • 2004: Doc (one episode)
  • 2003: Los Reyes Magos (The 3 Wise Men)
  • 2011: The Encounter
  • 2011: Jerusalem Countdown
  • 2014: Rumors of Wars
  • 2015: VeggieTales: Noah's Ark
  • 2016: I'm Not Ashamed
  • 2017: A Question of Faith


  • 1996: A Heavenly Place (over 10,000 units sold)
  • 2003: Los Evangelios Toman Vida: The Gospels Come to Life
  • 2012: Coffee and Concealer


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Grammy Nominations

  • 2000 Best Best Vocal Pop Performance Legar A Ti
  • 2001 Best Latin Pop Album: "Mi Corazon".

Dove Awards[25]

  • 1997 New Artist of the Year
  • 1998 Song of the Year, "On My Knees"
  • 1999 Female Vocalist of the Year
  • 2000 Special Event Album of the Year, "Streams"
  • 2000 Spanish-language Album of the Year, "Llegar a Ti"
  • 2000 Female Vocalist of the Year
  • 2002 Spanish-Language Album of the Year "Mi Corazon"
  • 2003 Spanish-Language Album of the Year "Navidad"
  • 2017 Spanish-Language Album of the Year "Confio"

American Music Awards Nominations

  • 2002 Female Pop Album: "Mi Corazon"

Billboard Latin Music Awards

  • 2002 Female Pop Album: "Mi Corazon"

Billboard Latin Music Awards Nominations 2003 Female Pop Album: "Milagro"

Premio Lo Nuestro

  • 2000 for New Artist of the Year

Premios Arpa

  • 2018 Best Female Vocal Album of the Year "Confio"

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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