Veronica (born Veronica Vasquez in 1974 in the Bronx, New York) is a dance\pop\R&B singer and actress She’s considered one of the divas of the 90’s club dance scene and one of the few Latina musicians to become successful in the English-language dance music genre.
Veronica started her career in 1995 when she released her debut album, “V…As in Veronica” on Polygram Records. The album didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard albums chart and no singles were released from it. It was produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Dallas Austin. Two years later in 1997, Veronica released her sophomore album, “Rise.” The album didn’t chart, but according to allmusic.com, it’s considered her “finest collection to date.” The album was again produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Dallas Austin. The first single “No One But You” featuring singer Craig Mack, peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, #33 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #27 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #12 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #43 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. The song was featured in the 1997 movie, “B.A.P.S.” The title song which was released as a second single (featuring rapper Fat Joe) peaked at #102 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #38 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The third single “Let Me Go (Release Me)” peaked at #115 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #71 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks and topped Billboard’s dance chart in 1998, becoming Veronica’s first #1 dance hit.
A fourth single, “60 Wayz” was released as a single, but it’s unknown if it charted. The fifth single “Someone to Hold” (featuring rappers Big Pun and Cuban Link) peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. The song was played heavily in the club circuit scene and remains a classic to clubgoers to this day. It was also featured in the independent movie, “Trick.” In 2000, Veronica released her third self-titled album on Jellybean Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.She scored her second #1 dance hit with a cover of Evelyn “Champagne” King’s song, “I’m in Love.” Her music has been popular among gay audiences and in the dance club scene.
Veronica later moved from New York and the club music scene to do musical theater. She starred in the musical “Selena Forever” based on the life of the late Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla Perez which lasted over a year.
After the musical, she decided to move back to New York to start a family and focus on her music. In 2004, Veronica recorded a song with rapper Triple Seis called “Crazy.”
After a brief hiatus from the music scene, Veronica came back in 2006 and released her new single “Relentless…Just a Game” with music producer Tim Rex. She appeared in the movie, “The Singer” in 2007 portraying Héctor Lavoe during his younger years.
In 2008, Veronica released the single “The Way He Makes Me Feel” which is available on iTunes and to listen on her MySpace page.
These days, Veronica lives in New York with her husband and son, CJ, who was diagnosed with autism. She has become an advocate for autism research and has led several projects to raise research funds and awareness for autism.
To see Veronica’s MySpace page, go to:
To see the music video for “No One But You,” go to:
To see the music video for “Rise,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Let Me Go (Release Me),” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Someone to Hold,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “I’m in Love,” go to: