Contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez has sold more than 4 million albums, including three certified Platinum recordings. She hosts the popular Family Friendly Morning Show on national radio, and she has been on more than 50 magazine covers.
Despite all of her success and acclaim, Jaci’s voice gets excited and, well, animated when she talks about her newest project – starring as the voice of Sadie, wife of Shem (voiced by Wayne Brady) in the upcoming VeggieTales movie NOAH’S ARK, which will be available on DVD and digital download on March 3.
Jaci spent some time talking about her enthusiasm for NOAH’S ARK, and we’re happy to share her interview with you.
Why did you want to make a VeggieTales movie?VeggieTales is like the Mecca of our house – I’ve got two little boys, and they cannot get enoughVeggieTales. So, to be a part of this is just a wonderful thing for me. My husband and I like to sing to our kids, but they could care less – it’s to the point where we’ll sing and practice a song with them while we’re giving them baths and they’ll plug their ears and say, “Mommy, Daddy! Stop!” To be part of VeggieTales and do something for the first time that my kids might actuallyenjoy is wonderful.The story of Noah and his ark has been told many times. What makes the VeggieTalesversion different?Well, I’m pretty sure it will be the only version with singing vegetables and a giant squid! I think it was pretty brave of VeggieTales to take on the story of Noah because it is so familiar – but they make it feel completely new. The animals are absolutely adorable, and there’s so much comedy; I’ve always thought VeggieTales movies were funny, but this one is really funny. They’ve also really discovered something important about the story, because Noah’s Ark is about patience, trusting and believing. Kids need to understand those things. Whatever we pour into our children is what will pour out of them – what they learn as children is what they will be as adults. We are planting seeds in their hearts and souls, and it’s important for them to understand that God has a purpose and a plan. We don’t always understand it, and we have to trust in it. That’s a big lesson, and Noah’s Ark helps parents start to teach it.Who is your favorite VeggieTales character?Sorry to be so typically “normal,” but it’s always Larry! I love Madame Blueberry, as well, but really … Larry. He just makes you happy. He makes you laugh. It’s like he’s every kid you’ve ever known, but he’s not – because he’s a vegetable!Why do you think VeggieTales has been so popular for so long?I think parents want good entertainment for their kids, especially in the world we live in. You know, human beings are born knowing how to do the wrong thing, but we need to be taught how to do theright thing, and what better way to do that than through entertainment? As a mom, I know that it can get really overwhelming to try to teach kids everything they need to know. You say prayers with them at night, you read books with them, you take them to Sunday school – but that’s only one day a week. So it helps to have entertainment that teaches them the truth and that teaches them fundamental things about life. As a parent, VeggieTales gives me such gratitude!
Here is a clip of a brand-new VeggieTales song, “We Welcome You Aboard,” here: