Blanca (musician)

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Blanca
Blanca Winter Jam 2015.png
Blanca performing at Winter Jam, 2015
Background information
Birth name Blanca Elaine Reyes
Born (1986-02-10) February 10, 1986 (age 31)
Puerto Rico
Origin Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Genres Contemporary Christian music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Word
Associated acts Group 1 Crew
Website officialblanca.com

Blanca Elaine Callahan (born February 10, 1986, née, Reyes), who goes by the stage name Blanca, is a Puerto Rican-born American Contemporary Christian musician. Until 2013, she was a member of Group 1 Crew, she is now a solo artist. She released her debut EP on January 13, 2015, Who I Am EP, with Word Records and her first studio album, Blanca, on May 4, 2015.

Early life[edit]

Blanca was born Blanca Elaine Reyes,[1] in Puerto Rico on February 10,[2] 1986.[3][4]

Her father was into drugs and alcohol until he had an encounter with Jesus, which caused him to start leading his family in the ways of Christ.[5]

Music career[edit]

Blanca was a member in Group 1 Crew from its inception until her departure in 2013 to start her solo career.[6]

Blanca's self-titled debut album, Blanca, was released on May 4, 2015 with Word Records,[7] her first single as a solo artist, "Who I Am", charted No. 1 on Billboard Chart Christian Airplay.[citation needed] Her second release as a solo artist, Who I Am EP, was released on January 13, 2015, also through Word Records, and charted on two Billboard charts: US & US Christian.

Personal life[edit]

On January 21, 2013, Blanca announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child,[8] she had a son, named London, in July 2013.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[10]
US
Christ

[11]
Blanca 196 7

EPs[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions
US
Christ

[11]
US
Heat

[12]
Who I Am[13] 19 11

Album appearances[edit]

Artist Album Song
Michael Tait and Lecrae[14] Music Inspired by The Story "Bring Us Home (Joshua)"
KJ-52 The Yearbook "You're Gonna Make It"
Mandisa Freedom "The Definition of Me"
KJ-52 Five-Two Television "Firestarter"
TobyMac Eye On It "Unstoppable"
Audio Adrenaline Kings & Queens "20:17 (Raise the Banner)"
Hawk Nelson Made "Elevator"
Building 429 We Won't Be Shaken "Wrecking Ball (Press On)"
KB Tomorrow We Live "Lights Go Out" (featuring Blanca and Justin Ebach)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcast Music, Inc. "Reyes Blanca Elaine". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ Official Blanca (February 10, 2015). "Had some of my Word label team surprise me during my studio session with cupcakes and love on my birthday!!! Made me feel so special!". Facebook. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ Intelius. "Blanca Callahan in Orlando, FL". Intelius. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Florida Secretary of State. "Florida Voter Index No. 118012732". Florida Department of State. 
  5. ^ "Blanca - Story Behind The Song Real Love". 
  6. ^ Blanca (November 25, 2013). "A message from Blanca". Youtube.com. Retrieved June 7, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ "Instagram video by Blanca". Instagram.com. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / blancareyes: Always wanted to park here". Twitter.com. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blanca of Group 1 Crew Steps Down". CCM Magazine. November 20, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Blanca - Chart History (The Billboard 200)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Blanca - Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Blanca - Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ New Release Tuesday. "Who I Am EP by Blanca". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ Gewwicks, Roger. "Various Artist: The Store". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 

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