Jon Secada

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Jon Secada
Birth nameJuan Francisco Secada Ramírez
Born (1961-10-04) October 4, 1961 (age 57)
Havana, Cuba
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S.
GenresPop, Latin pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1984–present
LabelsSBK, EMI
WebsiteJonSecada.com

Jon Secada (born Juan Francisco Secada Ramírez; October 4, 1961) is a Cuban American singer and songwriter. Secada was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Hialeah, Florida. He has won three Grammy Awards and sold 20 million albums since his English-language debut album in 1992. His music fuses funk, soul, pop and Latin percussion. Secada also has worked as a songwriter for Ricky Martin, Jennifer López and Gloria Estefan.

Early life[edit]

In 1979, Jon Secada graduated from South Florida’s Hialeah High School. He then attended the University of Miami where became an accomplished jazz musician. In 1983 Secada received his bachelor’s degree in Music then continuing his education earning a Masters degree in Jazz vocal performance. He graduated cum-laude in 1986 and was later inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society. Throughout this time, Secada worked incessantly at nightclubs, did voiceovers and wrote numerous jingles.

In 1988, he met Emilio Estefan who grew a liking to Secada and wanted him to learn the music industry and all it entailed. Again, continuing his education in the field of music. The close relationship he made with Mr. Estefan gave him the opportunity to join Gloria Estefan’s Into the Light tour. While on tour, Jon performed his song Always Something from his first album titled Jon Secada. Soon after Jon Secada signed a multimillion-dollar recording contract with EMI/SBK Records.

Career[edit]

With a career spanning over two decades, three Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, the acclaimed, romantic sounds of Jon Secada, have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish, establishing him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. Adored by millions around the world, he is recognized as an international superstar by both fans and peers alike for his soulful and melodic voice.

In 2017 Secada returned to the stages, bringing to life a heartfelt tribute to Beny Moré, one of Cuba’s most beloved icons. Produced by Julio Bagué with the support of Peer Music and in the company of The Charlie Sepulveda Big band ”…To Beny Moré With Love” finds the Cuban-American artist re-recording ten of Moré’s timeless classics, arranged by none other than Ray Santos. The biggest challenge with the project was to make sure they did it by the original  arrangements and vocals since they wanted to preserve as much as possible the integrity of the music.

Acknowledged as Humanitarian of the year in 2016 by The Muhammad Ali Foundation, Secada’s career skyrocketed in 1991, with the release of his self-titled debut album Jon Secada (SBK/EMI), which sold over six million copies worldwide, was certified triple platinum in the U.S., and reached No.15 on Billboard’s Pop album chart. The Spanish-language version of the album, Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte (EMI-Latin), went on to become the Number One Latin album of 1992 and earned Jon his first Grammy Award, for “Best Latin Pop Album.” Three more top 20 Billboard hits would eventually come from that album including “Angel,” “I’m Free,” and “Do You Believe In Us.” The unprecedented success for Secada continued in 1994 with the platinum selling release of his second album Heart, Soul and Voice (EMI), which garnered another top 10 hit, "If You Go", and followed with his third album, Amor, earning him his second Grammy Award for “Best Latin Pop Performance.”

Beyond his own hits, Secada is widely recognized for his impeccable producing and songwriting skills. One of his first major breaks came from collaborating with Gloria Estefan in the late 1980s, which led to him co-writing her #1 hit single, “Coming Out of the Dark.” Since then, Secada has gone on to pen countless popular songs for superstars such as Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. Still friends to this day, Estefan shares the world’s passion for Secada’s talent, remarking, "I've been a big fan of Jon's since I first heard his beautiful voice! He's one of those special singers that makes my hair stand on end!" Ricky Martin for whom Jon wrote the #1 hit, “She’s All I Ever Had,” raved, "In addition to being a great human being, Jon has an innate talent for writing beautiful songs. All of us artists who have worked with him sincerely admire him.”

Secada co-wrote and has co-produced songs for Mandy Moore, Alejandro Fernandez, on their multi-platinum albums; he toured and collaborated alongside opera legend Luciano Pavarotti and recorded duets with Jim Brickman, Grammy winner Olivia Newton John and the iconic Frank Sinatra. He has also collaborated in many movie soundtracks such as Dance with Me, Disney’s Pocahontas, Empire, Chasing Papi, and Zorro, among many others.

Throughout his career Secada has participated in various international television shows including being a celebrity judge on the international smash, “Latin American Idol,” for it's entire four season run, and as a celebrity contestant on Univision's hit dance show "Mira Quien Balia" (Latin version of "Dancing with the stars") which reaches over 10 million viewers. Jon is also involved in many business ventures and projects including a Miami based music lounge called "Secada's" at the Magic City Casino, which continues to enjoy sold out shows and great reviews.

In addition to numerous recordings such as “Same Dream” and “Classics,” in the late 2000’s, in 2011, Jon released his seventh Spanish album, Otra Vez (YMe/Pyramid), which received universal acclaim, and spawned multiple hits on radio stations, worldwide. Secada continued a musical legacy with the release of “I’m Never Too Far Away”, which charted top 25 on Billboard. The single and music video commemorated the 20th anniversary of Secada’s music career and the release of his official RIAA Gold hit “Just Another Day.” The song also marked Secada’s first collaboration with Billboard Magazine’s five time “Producer of the year,” and six time ASCAP “Songwriter of the Year” winner, Rudy Perez.

Humanitarian Work[edit]

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Secada’s impact goes beyond music as he has devoted himself to assisting various charitable groups all over the world through his personal organization, "Jon Secada Charities.” He has been active with many causes to help Hispanic Americans, children, education, AIDS research, and child abuse. His commitment to education and helping others led him to create the Jon Secada Music Scholarship at the University of Miami.

He’s also led an ongoing effort to raise awareness for Hepatitis C by partnering with pharmaceutical giant MERCK and The American Liver Foundation. For his efforts, The Pan American Health Organization recently honored Secada with an award that acknowledged him as a leader in Hepatitis C awareness around the world. In September 2012, Jon also headlined the "Miami Rocks The Troops" benefit concert, supporting US military veterans across the country.

Discography[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1992 Grammy Awards Best Latin Pop Album Jon Secada Won [1][2]
1992 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Nominee Himself Won
1993 BMI Awards Most Performed Latin Song "Otro Día Más Sin Verte",

"Sentir", and "Cree en Nuestra Amor"

Won [1]
The World Music Awards Best-Selling Latin American Recording Artist Himself Won [1][2]
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 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 [1]
Rolling Stone Magazine Best Male Vocalist Won [2]
1994 Asian Music Awards Best Pop Song "Mental Picture" Won
1996 Grammy Awards Best Latin Pop Album Amor Won
1998 BMI Pop Awards Best Pop Song "Too Late, Too Soon" Won
Best Latin Song "Amandolo"
2001 Billboard Latin Music Awards Best Dance Song "Asi" Nominated
BMI Pop Awards Best Pop Songwriter "Bella" Won
BMI Latin Awards Best Latin Songwriter "Bella" Won
2017 Latin Grammy Awards Best Traditional Tropical Album To Beny More With Love Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Chavez Candelaria, Cordelia (2004). Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (M-Z). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 749. ISBN 0-313-32215-5.
  2. ^ a b c "Awards & Honors - Jon Secada". Jon Secada. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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