Wayne Hilton, director, Músico a Músico, announced that Jaci Velasquez, Nic Gonzales, lead vocalist for “Salvador” and Nashville’s own Destino Band are joining the MaM (Músico a Músico) Band at this year's music & arts training Congreso. All are confirmed to participate. Jaci & Nic will appear Friday, August 6th, and Destino Thursday, August 5th. These are free events, open to the public and start at 7:00pm each evening. Músico a Músico is a teaching outreach ministry to musicians and artists throughout middle Tennessee and beyond. Locally they have established Instituto Allegro, a full service music school. Internationally, they have presented over 30 of these Congresos in 9 Latin American countries utilizing some 200 musicians and artists as instructors from Nashville and many other parts of the USA and the world. Hilton says:
Our passion is to train, mentor and inspire excellance and we have been effective in impacting thousands of Hispanic worship musicians, and these special guests will help us to accomplish this goal here in Nashville.
Jaci Velasquez is one of the world’s most successful and beloved Christian/Latin/pop singers. For Proof, look no further than her 2 Latin Grammy nominations, 3 English Grammy nominations, 5 Latin Billboard Award nominations, her Latin Billboard Female Pop Album of the Year award, 6 Dove Awards, El Primiro Lo Nuestro Award for New Artist of the Year, Soul to Soul Honors and an American Music Award nomination. Jaci has sold over 3.5 million albums, garnered 3 RIAA certified Platinum recordings, 3 RIAA certified Gold recordings, 16 #1 radio hits and has graced more than 50 magazine covers. Her resume includes ad campaigns for Pepsi, Doritos, Target, Frizz-Ease and Helzburg Diamonds. Raised in the church, Jaci has never strayed far from these roots and has always been willing to support Músico a Músico appearing on its initial promotional DVD in 2005.
Nic Gonzales is founder and leader of the band “Salvador”, the world’s “Premier Latin Jam Band”. He is largely responsable for the sound and success of this band as a writer, lead vocalist and guitarist. Here’s just an example of Salvadors’ accomplishments:
Shine was ASCAP song of the year in 2006
2006 Nominated 2 Billboard Latin Awards Christian Album Of The Year for Qué Tan Lejos Está El Cielo/So Natural
2004 Dove Award for Spanish Language Album of the Year (Con Poder)
2004 Dove Award nomination for P&W Album of the Year (Worship Live)
2004 Billboard Latin Music Award nomination for Christian/Gospel Album of the Year (Con Poder)
2003 Billboard Latin Music Award nomination for Christian/Gospel Album of the Year (Into Motion)
Into Motion peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and No. 10 on its Top Christian Albums chart
2001 Dove Award nomination for Short Form Music Video (“Lord I Come Before You”)
Cover of media publications CCM Magazine, Christian Single and Enfoque
Nic Gonzales and Jaci Velasquez are married and have two young children. Together Jaci & Nic will participate by singing, sharing and ministering through their gifts but will also spend time during the class sessions in front of the students giving their testimony together and even taking questions for a real intimate time for all the students.
|Nic and Jaci|
Destino is a rising- star band based in Nashville with a heart for ministry and a sound meant to be embraced. As such, they’re a Band for everyone. Destino’s first album project, “Belleza del Cielo” is schedule for release this fall. They have a great following of faithful fans and they’ll light up the evening for all.
Músico a Músico opens this event on Wednesday evening with the MaM Band leading and mentoring in worship at Christ Church’s “Wallace Chapel”, 15354 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, Tn. 37211. Over 100 classes taught by over 20 instructors, featuring some of the best musicians and artists ever assembled for an event such as this. Classes will begin at 9am through 5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. With free concerts open to everyone each evening at 7:00pm.
Those students who successfully attend required classes will qualify to receive the Músico a Músico “Certificate of Recognition” presented during the closing ceremony on Saturday evening, August 7th.
To register for classes visit www.artesadorando.org or call 615.592.5060 also you’ll find a complete list of classes to be presented and bios on each instructor. The cost for all three days of classes in advance is just $50.00!!