Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Jaci Velasquez launches record label

"Velasquez, 24, joins a growing roster of Christian music artists forming their own labels, a list that includes Michael W. Smith's Rocketown Records. The move is bold one, though, at a time when the recorded music industry is struggling. The Gospel Music Association reported Christian music sales totaled 47.1 million albums in 2003, down about 5 percent from the year before, though sales began a rebound in the second half of the year."

"Velasquez has made a name for herself in Christian music and Latin music genres. She's completed nine albums, three of which were RIAA-certified platinum recordings, including her record-breaking debut, 'Heavenly Place,' and her Latin debut, 'Llegar a Ti.' Her resume includes eight Dove Awards - the major awards in the Christian music industry - five Billboard Award nominations and a Premio Lo Nuestro Award."

Nashville Business Journal

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