Jaci Velasquez

Jacquelyn Davette Velasquez (born October 15, 1979) is an American multi-Award winning & nominated Contemporary Christian Latin Pop singer in both English & Spanish.

Jaci has sold over 4 million albums, garnered three RIAA certified Platinum recordings, three RIAA certified Gold recordings, sixteen #1 radio hits, and has graced more than 50 magazine covers. Her resume includes ad campaigns for Pepsi, Doritos, Target, Frizz-Ease, and Helzberg Diamonds.

Velasquez grew up in an Evangelical church where her parents were singers, evangelists and pastors. She is of Mexican, Spanish and French ancestry.  When she was ten years old, her parents leased their Houston home and dedicated themselves to touring the United States with their Christian music and evangelism. It was while on the road that she was discovered by a representative of Myrrh Records.

Personal life

Velasquez married Darren Potuck, of the band AutoVaughn, on August 16, 2003. They were divorced in 2005 for unspecified reasons.

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.

Velasquez gave birth to a boy named Zealand David on November 3, 2007. Jaci and her husband gave birth to their second son named Soren Arthur on February 20, 2009.

Although she has before 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,” concerning the power of prayer.

Discography

  • Help Me (1992) (Independent) (Debut album)
  • Keep the Fire Burning (1994) (Independent)
  • Heavenly Place (1996) (US #142)(Platinum – RIIA)
  • Jaci Velasquez (1998) (US #56)(Gold – RIIA)
  • Llegar A Ti (1999)(Platinum – Latin RIIA)
  • Crystal Clear (2000) (US #49) (Gold – RIIA)
  • Mi Corazón (2001) (Platinum – Latin RIIA)
  • Christmas (2001) (US #102)
  • Navidad (2001)
  • Unspoken (2003) (US #55)
  • Milagro (2003)
  • Mi Historia Musical (2004)
  • Beauty Has Grace (2005) (US #195)
  • On My Knees: The Best Of Jaci Velasquez (2006) (iTunes version “Jaci Velasquez: Greatest Hits”, includes a different album cover).
  • Open House (EP) (2007)
  • Love Out Loud (2008)
  • TBA (2010)

Chart Performance

  • 2003 “No Hace Falta Un Hombre” Hot Latin Tracks #5
  • 2003 “No Me Rendire” Hot Latin Tracks #19
  • 2001 “Como Se Cura Una Herida” Hot Latin Tracks #1[8]
  • 2000 “De Creer En Ti [On My Knees]” Hot Latin Tracks #18
  • 2000 “Love Will Find You (Llegar A Ti)” Hot Dance Music/Club Play #24
  • 2000 “Solo Tu” Hot Latin Tracks #4
  • 2000 “Un Lugar Celestial” Hot Latin Tracks #40
  • 1999 “Llegar A Ti” Hot Latin Tracks #1

Filmography

  • Chasing Papi (2003)
  • Doc (2004)
  • Los Reyes Magos (The Three Wise Men) (2003)
  • Hannah Montana(2005)
  • Jerusalem Countdown (2010)

Literature

  • A Heavenly Place (1996) (10,800 Units sold nationwide)
  • Los Evangelios Toman Vida: The Gospels Come to Life (2003)

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