Grammy nominated Christian and Latin pop singer and songwriter
For more than half her life, multi-platinum-selling, Grammy nominated artist Jaci Velasquez has pursued an entertainer’s dream, recording albums in English and Spanish and performing on stages around the world. From her debut at age 16, she has leaned full-throttle into her God-given gifts, racking up 16 No. 1 hits, penning three books, acting in seven films, gracing 50 magazine covers and launching a non-profit clothing line. But the dream has seen its share of soul-searching questions, loves and losses, enough to bring any young woman to her knees. And just as the lyric of her 2006 hit “On My Knees” predicted, she has learned, in laughter or in pain, to survive. Her survival is built on trust. “I may not know what to do or what the future holds,” she says, “but I trust that God does.” Set for international release on March 31, Trust marks several firsts for Velasquez, a Dove Award winner and Billboard Latin Music Award winner with five Spanish albums to her credit. Not only is it her first album in over five years, her first worship album and her first project with Integrity Music, this 18th recording is the first simultaneously released in both English (Trust) and Spanish (Confío). “I don’t know a lot about worship as a music genre,” Velasquez freely admits, “but I know how God can use music to move people. What we experience in church, in worship, we want to have that experience every day… at home, in the car. In the middle of the day, God uses it to meet us in the middle of our chaos, to move us closer to him, to remind us of who we are and who He is.” In fact, she really wasn’t convinced a worship album was meant to be until she found herself comforting her youngest son, Soren, 7, in the middle of the night, after a bad dream. From “Praise the King,” a phenomenal Easter-every-day celebration, to “Great Are You Lord,” an ethereal anthem/duet with her husband, to Martin Smith’s “Great Is Your Faithfulness,” to “Never As Dark As It Seems,” a powerful reminder for tumultuous times written by Michael Farren, Mike Grayson and Seth Moseley—Trust echoes the courage that rises from understanding the One we worship. “Trust You,” which Velasquez wrote with Aruna Abrams, James Slater and Bobby Hamrick, encapsulates the heart of the album. “I remember, before Zealand was diagnosed, sobbing in the office of the school,” Velasquez recalls. “All I could do was cry, my body was shaking in fear. It took a while to lay it all down, to trust God with my sons, to trust God with my marriage, walking that out as a child of God, as a wife and a mom, trusting him to make all things possible, to move the mountains in our lives….” It’s the underlying theme of this record, she says, but more than that, “it’s everything”.