Christian artists Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales will be performing with one another for the first time since they got married last December.
Velasquez, Christian band Salvador (led by Gonzales), Jon Gibson, Masada, and Theresa Griffith will be coming together for a packed Christian concert on July 8 in San Jose, Calif. The event is expected to be stirring after the Gonzales-Velasquez wedding on Dec. 17, 2006, in Austin, Texas, where the two were described as visibly moved.
Our hearts are full and we are richly blessed, the two told media after the ceremony.
The group of performers have also come together to help raise money for a good cause. Much of the proceeds from the event will go towards helping 12,000 orphans who have lost their homes within the United States.
Event organizers have encouraged everyone in the area to attend and support the concert. They also are boasting about its quality.
[The artists have] all come to bring a fresh wave of music which is uplifting, life changing and will blow you away, explained an event description in the San Jose Mercury News. Don't miss it.
Amid concert preparations, there has also been some slight controversy over the recent wedding of Velasquez and Gonzales. The female vocalist had not long ago come off a divorce in 2005 with her first husband, Darren Potuck from the band AutoVaughn, and many have questioned her quick remarriage.
Fans from all over the internet have come to defend the songstress, however, explaining that nobody is perfect and that God forgives anyone that is truly repentant.
It's kind of rude to doubt that their marriage is going to work out, wrote one post by Hankydoodle in a CMSpin forum. We have absolutely no idea why Jaci was divorced in the first place. Show some respect; that's what Jesus would give her.
Velasquez has had a rich entertainment career that has moved into several different industries.
She had her start in the Christian music scene in 1996 where she eventually garnered 16 No. 1 songs on the Christian charts and won 7 Dove Awards. Her debut album went Platinum and was followed by two other Gold-certified projects.
She later moved into the Latin mainstream scene and began her crossover career. She was nominated for both Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards during her time, recorded three No. 1 Latin Billboard singles, received two Billboard Latin Music Awards, and gained two more platinum albums.
She has also dipped into acting and landed her first part in the flick Chasing Papi (2003), which was released nationwide in the United States.
Gonzalez band Salvador has also had a strong career, including several top Christian songs and a Dove Award.
They are best known for their blend of Christian roots, Latin tradition, and American pop-culture sound. Because of this, they were chosen by the American Bible Society as its spokesmen for La Biblia Es Mi Guía (The Bible is My Guide), a campaign made to reach out to Latin Americans in the United States with the Word of God.
The band is currently on a U.S. tour, promoting the campaign, and singing many songs from their newest album Dismiss the Mystery (2006), with the most noted song on the CD, Shine.
Velasquez also plans on releasing an album in late 2007 or early 2008.