Juan Francisco Secada Ramírez
October 4, 1961
|Education||University of Miami|
Jo Pat Cafro
(m. 1988; div. 1993)
|Origin||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
Juan Francisco Secada Ramírez (born October 4, 1961), better known as Jon Secada, is a Cuban-born American singer. He has won two Grammy Awards and sold 15 million records, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists. His music fuses funk, soul music, pop, and Latin percussion.
Secada was born in 1961 in Havana, Cuba. Secada's father, José, was incarcerated for 3 years as a political prisoner to the communist Cuban government. In 1971, the Secadas received permission to emigrate and moved to Miami. His parents opened a coffee shop. Secada was raised in Hialeah, Florida.
In 1979, Secada graduated from Hialeah Senior High School in Hialeah, Florida. During his performance of A Christmas Carol in 11th grade, he says he realized his musical potential and was encouraged by teachers to pursue music as a career.
After graduating from high school, Secada attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he received a Bachelor of Music in 1983 and a Master of Music in jazz vocal performance in 1986. He graduated cum-laude and was later inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Miami.
In 1986, Secada's University of Miami acquaintances introduced him to Emilio Estefan, a musician in Miami Sound Machine and husband of Gloria Estefan. Estefan listened to one of Secada's demos and then became Secada's mentor and manager. This led to Secada becoming a backup singer for Miami Sound Machine.
In 1991, Secada co-wrote and was a backup singer for "Coming Out of the Dark," a number-one hit song inspired by a tour-bus accident involving Gloria Estefan in 1990, in which her back was broken. In 1992, he released his self-titled debut album, which sold 7 million copies. In 1994, he performed a duet with Frank Sinatra, a re-recording of "The Best Is Yet to Come," released on Sinatra's album Duets II. He also performed at the awards for Miss Venezuela 1994. In 1995, he performed on Broadway in Grease, and he also presented at the 49th Tony Awards. He also recorded "If I Never Knew You", a duet with Shanice for Pocahontas. In 1999, he co-wrote and co-produced "She's All I Ever Had" for Ricky Martin.
In 2003, he performed in Cabaret. He also co-wrote "Juramento" for Ricky Martin. From 2006 to 2009 Secada was a judge on Latin American Idol for its entire four-season run. In 2007, he co-wrote three songs, and performed in one, on Lilian Garcia's album ¡Quiero Vivir!.
From 1988 to 1993, Secada was married to Jo Pat Cafro. In May 1995, he started dating Maritere Vilar. They were married in February 1997 and have two children.
Secada has created the Jon Secada Music Scholarship at the University of Miami, raised funds for The Recording Academy's effort "Keeping Music in Schools," and supports many initiatives including the Pediatric AIDS Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- Jon Secada (1992)
- Otro Día Más Sin Verte (1992)
- Heart, Soul & a Voice (1994)
- Si Te Vas (1994)
- Amor (1995)
- Secada (1997)
- Better Part of Me (2000)
- The Gift (2001)
- Amanecer (2002)
- Same Dream (2005)
- A Christmas Fiesta/Una Fiesta Navideña (2007)
- Expressions (2009)
- Classics/Clasicos (2010)
- Otra Vez (2011)
- To Beny Moré With Love (2017)
Awards and nominations
|1993||BMI Awards||Most Performed Latin Song||"Otro Día Más Sin Verte",||Won|
|The World Music Awards||Best-Selling Latin American Recording Artist||Himself||Won|
|The Caribbean Music Awards||Best New Latin Pop Album||Otro Día Más Sin Verte||Won|
|Billboard Latin Music Awards||Best Latin-Pop Album of the Year||style="background: #9EFF9E; color: #000; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="yes table-yes2 notheme"|Won|
|Best Latin-Pop Artist||Himself|
|Best New Latin-Pop Artist of the Year|
|Hit Radio Awards (Hong Kong)||Best Male Artist of the Year||Won|
|Rolling Stone Magazine||Best Male Vocalist||Won|
|1994||Asian Music Awards||Best Pop Song||"Mental Picture"||Won|
|1998||BMI Pop Awards||Best Latin Song||"Amandolo"|
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