Jaci's musical talents go well beyond her 18 years. Her vocals
have long exceeded anyone's expectations of a teenager's range,
emotion, and depth, and on her latest release, simply titled Jaci
Velasquez, an even more polished and sophisticated artist has
emerged. The little girl with the big dream is no longer dreaming.
Call it one of the hazards of life as a Christian musician, but
Jaci Velasquez also seems as ready as ever to tackle the expectation
of artistry as ministry and the confines of a somewhat scrutinized
personal life which seems to come with the territory. Velasquez
recalls her stints on stage with her father and his travelling
ministry and remembers with a hint of laughter that she actually
was called on to preach to the audience as often as she was called
to sing. That experience, however, prepared her for what to come.
Today Jaci Velasquez receives thousands of letters from young
fans and their parents and shoulders well the burden of role model.
To her peers, Jaci is much more than an entertainer.Espousing
a commitment to abstinence, Jaci has been a spokesperson for the
popularnational campaign True Love Waits, and proudly shows her
"promise ring" to emphasize the passion of her decision.
A new book written by Jaci throughout the whirlwind of her lack
year releases in May. The book, entitled Heavenly Place, was yet
another chance for Velasquez to share more than just music with
her fans. Long after her days as a teen-wonder have ended, Jaci
Velasquez will still likely be a dominant figure in the musical
world. The novelty of her youth which naturally passes with age,
is already growing into an enthusiastic respect of a powerhouse
talent. And if natural talent, healthy ambition, and a heart for
"changing the world" is truly what it takes to make
it, Jaci is well on her way.