Angel (Jon Secada song)

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"Angel"
Cover single of "Angel"
Single by Jon Secada
from the album Jon Secada & Otro Día Más Sin Verte
Released 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre Rock ballad, Latin pop
Length 4:35
Label EMI Latin
Writer(s) Gloria Estefan, Joseph Stefano, Jon Secada
Producer(s) Emilio Estefan Jr.
Jon Secada singles chronology
"Just Another Day"
(1992)
"Angel"
(1993)
"Cree En Nuestro Amor"
(1993)

"Angel" is a song recorded by Cuban recording artist Jon Secada for his debut self-titled studio album and for his debut Spanish-language album Otro Día Más Sin Verte (1992). It was released in 1993 as the second single from his self-titled album and from his Spanish-language album. The English version peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart. The Spanish version peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. It was composed by Secada, Gloria Estefan, and Joseph Stefano, while Emilio Estefan Jr. produced the piece. "Angel" is a rock ballad and was nominated for Pop Song of the Year at the 1993 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards. The song was the ninth best-performing Latin single on the Hot Latin Tracks chart of 1992.

Production and success[edit]

Jon Secada was the backup vocalist for Cuban singer Gloria Estefan in 1989.[1] Secada became close friends with Gloria and her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., who helped guide Secada into the music business.[1] Secada released his self-titled debut album in 1992 with SBK Records.[1] The recording made up of English-language compositions and two Spanish-language tracks. It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of three million copies.[2] Secada, with the help from Emilio, decided to release an all Spanish-language album. During the recording sessions, Secada confirmed that Gloria helped translate his English-language recordings into Spanish.[3] He said that she told him to record songs that he would be comfortably fine with singing throughout his career as a singer. She also told them not to "translate everything literally" but to "keep the same theme of the song in play."[3] "Angel" was written about a woman Secada met in Amsterdam. He wrote in his autobiography that "writing those songs crystallized for me the fact that I was missing out on a deep emotional connection."[4]

"Angel" was released as the second single from his Spanish album. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart on the week ending October 31, 1992.[5] John Lannert of Billboard called "Angel" a "dramatic love ode".[6] Carlos Bolívar Ramírez called the singles "Otro Día Más Sin Verte" and "Angel" as rock ballads in his book La balada: mensaje universal (2001).[7] "Angel" was nominated for Pop Song of the Year at the 1993 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards.[8] "Angel" was the ninth best-performing Latin single on the Hot Latin Tracks year-end chart in 1992.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the album's liner notes.[12]

  • Jon Secada — vocals, composer
  • Gloria Estefan — composer
  • Joseph Stefano — composer
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. — producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Novas 2007, p. 297.
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Secada, Jon – Jon Secada". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  3. ^ a b Secada 2014, p. 31.
  4. ^ Secada 2014, p. 27.
  5. ^ "Hot Latin Tracks > 14 Nov 1992". Billboard 104 (46). 14 Nov 1992. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Lannert, John (18 Jul 1992). "Latin Notas". Billboard 104 (29). Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Ramírez 2001, p. 258.
  8. ^ a b c Lannert, John (March 30, 1993). "Secada Lead Latin Noms Following Grammy Win". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 105 (10): 10. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Angel: Chart history". Billboard.com. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jon Secada > Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jon Secada > Hot Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Secada, Jon (1992). Otro Día Más Sin Verte (Compact disc). EMI Latin. 0077778064640. 

Sources[edit]

  • Secada, Jon (2014). A New Day: A Memoir. Penguin Books. ISBN 0698154487. 
  • Ramírez, Carlos Bolívar (2001). La balada: mensaje universal. Lito Cóndor. ISBN 9583326844. 

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