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 performing at the White House in 2002
|Birth name||Jacquelyn Davette Velasquez|
|Born||October 15, 1979|
Houston, Texas, United States
|Genres||Contemporary Christian, pop, Latin pop|
Velasquez has sold almost three million albums in the US, recorded three Platinum and three Gold albums, and recorded 16 singles that hit No. 1 plus six more that entered the top 10. 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, as well as three Grammy nominations, and an American Music Award nomination in the category of "Favorite Latin Artist" in 2002.
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. 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 August 2011, Velasquez signed with a new label, Inpop Records, and her album, Diamond, was released on February 7, 2012. Velasquez released her first Spanish-language lullaby album, Buenas noches mi sol, in 2012 with Fisher-Price. 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. At the 48th Dove Awards, Confío won Spanish Language Album of the Year
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.
In November 2010, Velasquez began co-hosting the Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug Griffin after being a guest host for several months. The show airs on over 100 U.S. radio stations for four hours each weekday morning.
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. Their first son Zealand was born in 2007 and their second son Soren in 2009.
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.
- 1996: Heavenly Place
- 1998: Jaci Velasquez
- 1999: Llegar A Ti
- 2000: Crystal Clear
- 2001: Mi Corazón
- 2001: Christmas
- 2001: Navidad
- 2003: Unspoken
- 2003: Milagro
- 2004: Mi Historia Musical
- 2005: Beauty Has Grace
- 2008: Love Out Loud
- 2012: Diamond
- 2012: Buenas Noches mi Sol / Canciones De Cuna
- 2017: Trust/Confío
- 1996: A Heavenly Place (over 10,000 units sold)
- 2003: Los Evangelios Toman Vida: The Gospels Come to Life
- 2012: Coffee and Concealer
Latin Grammy Award Nominations
- 2000 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Llegar A Ti
- 2004 Best Female Pop Vocal Album Milagro.
- 2017 Best Christian Album Confío.
- 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 Favorite Latin Artist
Billboard Latin Music Awards
- 2002 Female Pop Album: "Mi Corazon
Premio Lo Nuestro
- 2000 for New Artist of the Year
- 2018 Best Female Vocal Album of the Year "Confio"
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