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Sunday 1st October 2000

Jaci Velasquez releases new album 'Crystal Clear'

THE NEW album, 'Crystal Clear', by teenage CCM sensation Jaci Velasquez is released in the UK in September. On 'Crystal Clear' Velasquez delivers an album targeted to her Christian fan base yet definitely flavoured by her Latin music experiences. "We just wanted to make a great record," she said of the album, which was produced by Mark Heimerman (dc Talk, Michael W Smith) and Rudy Perez (Christina Aguilera, Luis Miguel). "When I was recording I was actually sitting in the boardroom with the producer doing the vocals for the songs, because I love to be around people!''
In addition to Heimerman and Perez, Velasquez worked on her vocals with producers Brown Bannister and Brent Bourgeois. "It's amazing, the differences in how people work," she said. "Every producer gets the vocal out of each different artist in a different way and they pulled the vocals out of me." Amongst the songwriters involved are Chris Eaton, Brent Bourgeois and Tiffany Arbuckle. Velasquez penned two cuts for 'Crystal Clear' ("Escuchame" and "You're Not There"), and she says that she enjoyed being more involved in this record." I got to be part of this record from the very beginning," she said, noting that she was more active in song selection as well as the production. "It was like, 'Let's all look for songs, bring them back, and see what we like.' And with the production, (I wanted) it to be more guitar-driven." CR

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