Jaci Velasquez's success as an actress began when she was a mere 17 years old. She had a part on the television special "A Colorado Christmas" (ION Television Network, 1998-99). She also appeared in the TV special "Manilow Country" (The Nashville Network, 1999-2000). She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Doc" (ION Television Network, 2000-05). She also appeared in the comedy "Chasing Papi" (2003) with Roselyn Sanchez. Additionally, she could be seen on a variety of television specials like "2002 Celebration of Gospel" (BET, 2001-02) and "Celebrating America's Musical Heritage: A Salute to Gospel Music" (ION Television Network, 2001-02). Velasquez most recently appeared in "The 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (CBS, 2003-04).