Interviews no image

Published on August 16th, 1998 | by Gerry Galipault

0

Jaci Velasquez sticks to her beliefs

While most 18 year olds are preparing for college and venting at “Scream” movies, Jaci Velasquez has her hands full with her self-titled second Myrrh/Word/Epic album and holding on to her reign as the leading Christian pop female artist.

Whether mainstream radio looks beyond the seemingly loaded phrase “Christian music” and latches onto such instantly accessible pop tracks as “God So Loved the World” and “Glory” is the big question.

“I’m going to continue doing songs that are important to me, songs that have important messages, whether it’s my faith or spirituality or real-life issues,” Velasquez said recently. “If they become popular, that would be cool, really very cool, but that never would’ve entered my wildest dreams for that to happen.”

Velasquez never imagined herself as a successful singer – her 1996 debut album, “Heavenly Place,” was certified gold and her latest album is at No. 97 this week on Billboard’s pop chart – or as young America’s version of Amy Grant. In fact, the Nashville-based singer never imagined singing for a living, period.

“As a little child, I wasn’t trying to be a singer,” she said. “Mom and Dad would sometimes make me get up and sing, then one day I was kind of at the right place at the right time, the right person heard me and brought me to this record label. I knew that I loved to sing, and I was like, ‘Okay, whatever.’

“When I recorded the first album, I was hoping people would like it, that it wouldn’t be a disappointment to the record label or a disappointment to people around me. After the success of the first record, I went, ‘Okay, what happened?’ Everything’s happened so fast. I’m barely catching my breath now, and I put out the second album and it’s kind of in the same place, I was hoping it wouldn’t disappoint anyone, but knowing that I can’t please everybody, it made it easier.”

Velasquez’s youthful R&B counterpart, Brandy, recently told TV Guide that she wished she could smudge her own goody-two-shoes image every now and then. Like Brandy, Velasquez said, she’s human, too, and she has likes and dislikes.

“I know I’m a good girl,” Velasquez said. “I do have my wild side, not a hard-core wild side or anything, but I’m a good girl. I have things I believe in. I believe in God, and I sing about it. I believe in sexual abstinence. I’m one person who’s made a commitment to keep myself pure and not have sex until I get married. People go, ‘That’s weird,’ but that’s something I did because it’s something I believe in.”

Being a role model for kids comes with the territory, and Velasquez accepts it, with reservations.

“I have little girls coming to me,” she said, “and going, ‘Jaci, I want to be just like you when I grow up.’ I’m like, ‘No, you don’t. Don’t say that, that’s too much pressure on me.’ That means I have to do everything right, and in actuality, I can’t do everything right, but I’m going to try my best.”

BWF (before we forget): There’s a heavenly place for Jaci Velasquez on the Web @ www.sony.com.

Tags: ,


About the Author

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑
  • BEST OF THE WEB

     

    Entertainment Weekly names Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”

  • Album Release Dates

    * Release dates are subject to change due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    July 23, 2021 » Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Rodney Crowell, Brittany Howard, Leon Bridges, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Ledisi, DARKSIDE, Joshua Radin, Anne-Marie, The Brothers, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, etc.

    July 30, 2021 » Billie Eilish, Bleachers, Erasure, Los Lobos, NEEDTOBREATHE, Yola, Blues Traveler, Son Volt, Dee Snider, Jim Lauderdale, Paul Anka, The Wandering Hearts, Leela James, etc.

    Aug. 6, 2021 » Chris Young, “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 79,” Liars, Khruangbin, Staind, Colin Hay, Alicia Sara Ott, Night Ranger, Will Young, Ellen Foley, Kate Taylor, Zachary Knowles, Willy Mason, etc.

    Aug. 13, 2021 » The Killers, Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Dan + Shay, Joan Armatrading, Luke Hemmings, Jade Bird, Jungle, Jan Lisieki, Sepultura, Watchhouse, El Michels Affair, Ben Platt, etc.

    More New Releases » Aug. 20 and Beyond: Lorde, Switchfoot, Maggie Rose, Jake Bugg, Villagers, Anderson East, Shannon and the Clams, Chvrches, Imagine Dragons, Manic Street Preachers, Metallica, Diana Ross, Samantha Fish, Lindsey Buckingham, Melissa Etheridge, The Felice Brothers, Angels & Airwaves, Natalie Imbruglia, Yes, James Arthur, Ladyhawke, Sam Fender, Billy Bragg, Duran Duran, Bullet For My Valentine, HONNE, Black Veil Brides, Hanson, Aimee Mann, Courtney Barnett, Damon Albarn, Taylor Swift, and many more.

    More Upcoming Releases » Albums coming in 2021 and 2022 but yet to be scheduled

    Elton John loves Pauseandplay.comDeals of the DayBest SellersSennheiser MOMENTUM 2 Wireless Over-Ear HeadphonesIE 400 Pro In-Ear Monitors

  • New Merch at Hot TopicSave on Tablets at Walmart.comBand T-ShirtsTurntables & AccessoriesHome Audio SystemsAmazon Tap $40 OffSave up to 90% on Textbooks

    NOTE: Pauseandplay.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. We also participate in other affiliate programs.

  • Love Pauseandplay.com? We do, too … Help us keep it going. (Every little bit helps.) We ♥ u.




  • Recent Posts

  • Connect on Facebook

  • On Twitter