Beauty Has Grace

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Beauty Has Grace
Studio album by Jaci Velasquez
Released May 3, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Indie pop, pop/rock, contemporary Christian
Length 38:54
Label Word Entertainment LLC
Producer Martin Terefe, Jaci Velasquez, Dion Lopez
Jaci Velasquez chronology
Mi Historia Musical
(2004)
Beauty Has Grace
(2005)
On My Knees: The Best of Jaci Velasquez
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (4/5) link
Cross Rhythms UK 9/10 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[2]
Christian Music Today 3.5/5 stars[3]

Beauty Has Grace is the Christian singer Jaci Velasquez' fifth studio album. It marks a departure in style from her previous albums, having been recorded in London, England, with Martin Terefe (A-Ha, Ron Sexsmith, Leona Naess, KT Tunstall). She co-wrote six of the ten album tracks.

Velasquez decided to name the album "Kensaltown", after Kensal Town and the studio where she recorded and wrote the album, but the label was concerned that people would confuse "Kensaltown" with "Tinsel Town" so they changed it to Beauty Has Grace, a line in the song "This Love". The release date for the album was pushed back several times to May 3.[4] The label also changed the track listing of the album which first featured the song "Hold On to This Moment", but it was replaced for "Reason to Believe"

Reviews for the album were favorable, calling Velasquez's musical change "the boldest, smartest Christian music artistic shift in recent memory".[5] A special edition of the album was released by Family Christian Stores with a bonus track, "Love Will Find You".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I’m Not Looking Down" – 3:47 written by Jaci Velasquez, Michael Clarke and Martin Terefe
  2. "With All My Soul" – 3:59 written by Jaci Velasquez, Marc Byrd and Steve Hindalong
  3. "Prayer to Love" – 4:08 written by Jaci Velasquez, Hunter Davis and Chris Faulk
  4. "Lay It Down" – 4:01 written by Chris Eaton, Don Poythress and Brian White
  5. "Something Beautiful" – 3:28 written by Jeremy Rose and Yancy
  6. "Tonight" – 3:52 Feat. Michael Clarke written by Marc Byrd
  7. "When You Hold Me" – 3:19 written by JT Dally, Andy Smith, Brian Lee, Chad Howat and John Heiner
  8. "Reason to Believe" – 4:35 written by Jaci Velasquez, Brad Jacoby and Martin Terefe
  9. "Supernatural" – 3:31 written by Jaci Velasquez, Darren Potuck, Martin Terefe and Nick Whitecross
  10. "This Love" – 4:09 written by Jaci velasquez and Martin Terefe

Singles[edit]

  1. "Lay It Down"
  2. "Something Beautiful"
  3. "With All My Soul"
  4. "Prayer to Love"

Personnel[edit]

Performance credits:

  • Jaci Velasquez - primary artist, backing vocals
  • Javier Solis - drums
  • David Angell - violin
  • Michael Clarke - background vocals
  • David Davidson - violin
  • Anthony LaMarchina - cello
  • Kristin Wilkinson - viola
  • Christer Jansson - percussion, drums
  • Mark Lusk - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, soloist
  • Claes Bjorklund - synthesizer, electric guitar
  • Martin Terefe - acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion, piano, drums, electric guitar, background vocals, Wurlitzer, Juno
  • Abel Orta - bass guitar
  • Ian Fitchuk - piano, keyboards, background vocals
  • Nathaniel Chan - electric guitar
  • Andreas Olsson - synthesizer, piano, electric guitar, mellotron, beat box, synthesizer bass, Wurlitzer

Technical credits:

  • Jaci Velasquez - producer, executive producer
  • Martin Terefe - producer, engineer
  • Dionicio R. Lopez - producer, executive producer
  • Andreas Olsson- programming, engineer, drum programming
  • David Davidson - string arrangements
  • Richard Dodd - mastering
  • Kelly Pribble - engineer
  • Jacquire King - engineer
  • Claes Bjorklund - programming
  • Nathaniel Chan - engineer
  • Andy Hunt - vocal engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Album Billboard (North America)

Chart (2005) Position
Billboard Top 200 195
Billboard Top Heatseekers 6
Top Gospel Albums 3
Top Christian Albums 2
Top Canadian Albums 94

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cross Rhythms review". Crossrhythms.co.uk. September 27, 2005. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jesus Freak Hideout review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. May 3, 2005. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Christian Music Today review". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Velasquez Delay". Crossrhythms.co.uk. February 3, 2005. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]