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Jaci Velasquez (1998)

Updated: Dec 19, 2023


Jaci Velasquez is the self-titled second studio album by Christian/Latina pop singer Jaci Velasquez, released on June 2, 1998 by Myrrh/Word Record. Mark Heimermann produced the album, with Christopher Harris co-producing the track "Al Mundo Dios Amó," which is translated as the lead single "God So Loved." U.K. musician Chris Eaton wrote the song that starts the album in English and ends the album in Spanish translated by Jaci's father David Velasquez. Eaton recorded his version on his 1997 album Cruisin' (What Kind of Love in North America in 1998). The song is based on the familiar Bible verse of John 3:16. Jaci would later release a Christmas CD single entitled "One Silent Night...God So Loved." It was a limited CD single sold with the purchase of Jaci Velasquez during the holiday season.


The second album continues the success of Jaci's debut album Heavenly Place with four number one songs on the Christian radio charts. Jaci Velasquez topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart giving Jaci her first number one album on that chart, while climbing to number 56 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums. In 1999, Jaci won the Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 30th GMA Dove Awards and the album was Gold certified for half a million copies sold.


Track listing


1. God So Loved (Chris Eaton) -4:58

2. Show You Love (Mark Heimanmann) -4:31

3. Little Voice Inside (Toby McKeehan, Joey Elwood, Christopher Harris) -4:37

4. You (Michelle Tumes) -3:38

5. Look What Love Has Done (Rob Mathes, Stephanie Lewis) -4:39

6. Child of Mine (Chris Eaton, Ralph Van Manen) -4:04

7. Speak for Me (Toby McKeehan, Mark Heimanmann) -4:11

8. Glory (Andy Kravitz, Jim Boggia) -3:28

9. Sweet Surrender (Mark Heimanmann, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -3:39

10. Paper Tiger (Mark Heimanmann, Wayne Kirkpatrick, George Cocchini) -4:11

11. Made My World (Sheri Shaw) -3:24

12. Al Mundo Dios Amó (God So Loved) (Chris Eaton, David Velasquez) -5:07


Gold certified in 1999.


Production credits


Mark Heimermann -producer (all tracks)

Christopher Harris -co-producer (track 12)


Accolades

Dove Award -Female Vocalist of the Year


Radio singles

1998 "God So Loved" -#4 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1998 "Glory" -#4 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1999 "Speak for Me" -#11 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1999 "Show You Love" -#1 Christian CHR, #9 Christian AC


Previous release: Heavenly Place (1996)

Next release: Llegar a Ti (1999)

Watch the music video of "God So Loved" here:


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