Throughout her career, Jaci Velasquez has sold over 3.5 million albums, garnered 3 RIAA certified Platinum recordings, 3 RIAA certified Gold recordings, 16 No. 1 radio hits and has graced more than 50 magazine covers. The celebrated artist is currently touring with her toddlers until the end of the year. The busy mom-of-two opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her sons – Zealand, 2 1/2, and Soren, 1 – the chaos of her tour bus, and what’s up next for her.
CBS: Tell us about your sons: 2 1/2-year-old Zealand David and 1-year-old Soren Arthur. What are they into? What do they do to make you laugh?
JV: “Oh don’t get me talking about my babies – we will be here all day! They are perfect little specimens of humanity, granted I’m totally partial. My oldest does crazy stuff like jumping from the couch to the ottoman to his slide. Oh yes, we have a full blown slide in our living room, no joke! My oldest is a very compliant child.
My Soren is more of a good boy in a bad boy kinda way. He takes the slide with his eyes closed or he pretends his eyes are closed, with a squint of his eye showing. I kiss Soren a bunch and he starts saying ‘ALL DONE, ALL DONE!’”
What’s it like touring with the toddlers?
JV: “Touring with toddlers is kinda like having the full band out on the road. Just kidding! It’s very crazy and it makes it hard to relax at all but it’s super fun, ’cause my boys love checking out and making eyes at all the girls. It makes me laugh and jealous at the same time.
The funniest thing is when we are on the bus my oldest thinks he’s one of the guys and my youngest gets in his crib in the back and screams the entire night keeping all the single band guys who are used to sleeping till noon awake all night. While Z gets his own bunk just being cool.”
CBS: How do you balance motherhood and your busy career? Do you have nannies? House cleaners? Cooks?
JV: “I wish! When I’m home, I’m home, My hubby is very helpful and supportive but my kids are mama’s boys for sure. I do the cooking and the cleaning is divided up between Nic and I both. No nannys, just Mama. I like it that way, I get all the work done I can during nap times.
I have to be like a drill sergeant in that respect. If they don’t want to nap it’s too bad they HAVE to! Such is life for the babies in our house.
My kids are my world. My main goal is that when we are together I want to be completely engaged that means no calls during their time and no emails except for during bed times.”
CBS: Tell us about some family traditions in your home.
JV: “We eat breakfast and dinner together every day even though by the time I sit down to eat my food it’s cold. Makes for losing baby weight very easy.”
CBS: Tell us about your current tour. Are you covering North America?
JV: “I am currently out of town every weekend till the 22nd of December and working on my new Spanish and English records. Which is great and very hard at the same time, cause we have toddlers. I wanna hang out with them all the time!”
CBS: Tell us about your upcoming projects.
JV: “I have 2 new films coming out this next year. One is called The Encounter, the other is called Jerusalem Countdown. They are very uplifting films and I’m very proud of them both.”
CBS: Are you working on any other projects or with any charities?
JV: “I am working on a new book as well as a Latin record and various charities, one being an AIDS clinic and orphanage in Honduras called CASA HOGAR. The foundation is called Salvador Foundation.”