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Your guide to the newest happenings in Christian musiC By andy argyrakis
Velasquez: It’s great. We understand each
other’s lifestyle. We understand each
other’s joys and sometimes frustrations.
More than anything, we get to sing songs
about our Savior—the One who brought us
together—and hopefully make an impact
in other people’s lives with the music that
we get to make together. Raising kids on
the road is not easy, but thankfully children
adapt well to anything; and when you’re on
the road with mom or dad, you hope that
they develop some sort of love for music
and develop some sort of artistry. Whether
they follow in our footsteps or not doesn’t
matter; I just hope they use whatever gifts
they have to honor and glorify our God.
CCM: What can we expect from you in
Countdown to Jerusalem and The Encounter?
Velasquez: It’s really awesome to be able
to do films that are safe for the whole
family. Now that I have children, I realize
how important that truly is. You’re trying to
guard your children from seeing the things
that you don’t want them to see. Children
CCM: Tell us a bit about the new English album you’re
Velasquez: The new English album, which we are
recording in Nashville, is a good representation of where
my life is at the moment: my relationship with God, my
husband and my children; the joy that God has given
me and brought into my life. The tentative title for this
record is Diamond. That song, in particular, is very special
to me. That’s a song that came from my life experience
during the past five years. It’s amazing when God can turn
something that you feel is ugly into something beautiful.
That’s what God did for me in my life.
The last five years for Jaci Velasquez have been filled
with plenty of developments, starting with her marriage
to Salvador singer Nic Gonzales in 2006, followed by the
births of their sons Zealand David and Soren Arthur in
2007 and 2009 respectively. In the middle of starting a
family, she’s managed to record 2008’s studio CD Love
Out Loud, launch a co-headlining tour with her husband’s
band, prep a new CD and still have time to film two new
movies The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown, which will
release later this year.
CCM: What is it like being married to a fellow musician
and raising a family on and off the road?