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Singer Jaci Velasquez Blessed through Trusting God

Christian musician Jaci Velasquez discusses her new album and how the Lord is blessing her through the experience of raising a son with autism. Read Transcript

Jaci Velasquez first revealed her musical talent

when she was in the cradle.

By the age of 16, she had a hit album.

Since then, she's sold more than five million albums worldwide.

NARRATOR: We first met Jaci Velasquez when she was just 16.

Her voice stunned listeners.

Her first album, "Heavenly Place," went platinum.

Since then, Jaci Velasquez has sold over five million albums

and graced more than 50 magazine covers.

Although she disappeared from the music scene,

Jaci's back, stronger than ever with a brand new album

and a fresh outlook on life.

Welcome back to The 700 Club.

Jaci Velasquez, it's great to have you here.

It's great to see you.

Long time no see, as they say.

You look the same, you're just more beautiful than ever,

of course.

Listen, you started, as a really little child,

exhibiting that you had musical talent.

What was it that made your parents go, hmm?

I think just probably, it kind of runs in the family,

and they probably thought, oh well, Jaci's

probably going to sing.

And there was that moment when I was at the church and singing,

"I got veins."

I couldn't talk, but I could sing.

And it was just totally a God-given gift and ministry.

So at 16, you experienced having your first platinum


16 is kind of a hard time in life for most young people.

How did you deal with that kind of success at that age?

Well, I think because I was home-schooled from the time I

was nine years old, I wasn't at school,

so I wasn't around my peers.

So it was just my normal--

even though it wasn't normal--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes, but you didn't know it wasn't normal.

I didn't know wasn't normal.

And thankfully, I have a great mom who

just always kind of kept me--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Kept your head on straight?


She's fantastic and I just adore her.

She's actually taking care of my kids right now.

I was just going to say, speaking of mom,

you're not just a musical star that we've known and loved

for years.

But you are a wife, you're a mother

to two beautiful little boys.

How do you find balance in your life with all of that?

You, know it's hard sometimes.

Somebody told me once that being faithful to God

is being faithful to all the things God

has placed in your life.

And I struggle, I, of course, am a normal mom.

I have mommy guilt when I think about,

oh my mom's taking them to school today,

I should be taking them to school.

But, God has a purpose.

Think of it as a grandmother moment.

That's exactly it, because they're not wasting their time,

they're with their grandma.

Making memories.


And I think for me, we try to--

if we go out on the weekends, we're gone Saturday, Sunday.

And then when we go on tour, we don't

go for long, extended periods.

We always have a break, a week.

So I get to come home and then be with the kids, be total mom.

I'm on the board for my kids' school, so all those things,

I have to be there for the board meetings.

How old are your boys?

My boys are eight and nine years old.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Oh, great age.

Oh, super fun.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Are they musical, do they have the gift?

My oldest son, he sings better than he can talk.


Yes, very much so.

So you're kind of looking at him

the same way your parents looked at you, having an aha moment.

Ooh, he can sing.

He's got good pitch, he's got good timing.

We can work with this.

And the younger one, he is very tactile.

He loves working with his hands, he's artistic.

And he sings very beautiful too.

So it's like, I don't know, I just want them to be happy.

It's part of the fun of having children, isn't it,

discovering the individual talents in each one of them?


But more than anything, just that they're happy.


You know, whatever they choose to do.

Now if they want to become doctors,

I'm not opposed to that.

So they might keep you in the style to which you've

grown accustomed, right?


I want to talk about your new release,

because it's called "Trust," and I'm

sure there's something behind that.

Well, trust.

It's a very easy word to say and spell,

but very difficult thing to do, isn't it?

Yes, it truly is.

What made you decide to make that the focus of this release?

Well, my oldest son, who is nine, he is on the spectrum.

And when I found that out, I struggled for a little while.

I went through a mourning period of some dreams that I'd had.

You pray for 10 fingers, 10 toes.

I got them.

That's awesome, they're perfect, amazing toes and fingers.

But you just want every success for your child.

So I struggled for a little while.

I went through a mourning period with him, with that experience.

And I said, OK, God, I don't get it,

because mom and dad have built their whole ministry

upon communication.

In ministry, you have to be able to communicate.


And to see my son struggle with that is very difficult.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: But God has given him music.

Yes, he has.

He has given him music.

And I just, as a mom, you want him

to get married and have kids.

But God showed me, in only the way he could,

to get back up on my feet and just go, OK, listen.

This is what's cool, He said, I felt

like he was showing me this.

I love Zealand more than you could ever love him.

And I see something in you, Jaci, that I can trust.

That you're going to take care of him,

because God only gives special children to special people.


And I said, OK.

You see something in me that I don't even see in myself.

So you entrusted me with this amazing human being.

Now what am I going to do?

Well, I'm going to fight and do what I've

got to do to take care of him.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: One day at a time.

One day at a time.

One day at a time.

Well, I know you have a movie that's coming out.

Is it in September?

It comes out September 29, "A Question of Faith."


Yes, it's really cool.

Well, the title actually says it all.

A question of faith.

It's very easy to be a watered-down faith thing,

but it takes, sometimes, the struggles and the tests

to really push you to that next level.

And it challenges you, for sure.

And it's three different stories that kind of

come together and intertwine without even

realizing that's happening.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: A novel on video.

I know, right?

Well, I just want to say we're so

excited to have you here today, because we love your music.

We love the inspiration you bring us.

So I'm going to let you--

we're going to get to hear her sing today.

We're not letting her leave without doing that.

So I'm going to let you work your way over there.

Thank you.

You are so kind.

Thank you for who are are and all you do.

Go ahead, you can move if you want to.

OK, I'm going.

And I'm going to tell them about your new CD.

It's a two CD release, it's called "Trust."

it's available wherever CDs are sold.

We also have a social exclusive interview with Jaci,

you can watch that by going to

And remember the movie she mentioned,

her new movie, "A Question of Faith"

opens in theaters in this country on September 29.


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