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Jon Secada
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Background information
Birth nameJuan Francisco Secada Ramírez
Born (1961-10-04) October 4, 1961 (age 57)
Havana, Cuba
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S.
GenresPop, Latin pop
Years active1984–present
LabelsSBK, EMI

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 two 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 and Gloria Estefan.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] JON SECADA: Being raised in Cuba, I still carry some very interesting memories from it. I was eight years old when I left. And there's a lot of elements of living there that maybe I either don't remember or I've blocked out of my memory, probably just because of the hardships and things that my parents had to go through. I've compiled all these thoughts and memories that I have left of Cuba. I do remember my neighborhood. I remember some of my friends. I remember the school that I went to. And I also remember when we left. And I have very vague memories also, unfortunately, of the hardships attached to the process of us leaving. And that's the part, like I said, that's difficult for me to deal with, and my father being a political prisoner, and the pain of seeing my parents doing what they needed to do to find a way to get out of the country. And I think the person that I've become here in the United States is, obviously, as a result of being an immigrant. We came to Miami just with a few dollars in our pockets to go ahead and get settled. But we knew that we had reached our final destination. I immediately gravitated towards American entertainment, something that I felt that it was my calling. That's when I realized maybe that I had, especially through my father's side, I did have some type of musical inheritance. Outside of my own little personal exposure to music and entertainment, I wasn't either ready or didn't feel comfortable sharing it with anybody. I did not get into music or did not sing in public till I was in high school. There's a side of me that just is very introverted and shy. One day, I decided to kind of break out of my shell, because I didn't have any friends, and I felt, well, maybe I'll be accepted. And I'll never forget the chorus teacher, Miss Van Antwerp. I sang a song for her. I sang a Johnny Mathis song. And she just looked at me and said, "Wow! Really, where have you been?" It didn't even matter, the fact that I could sing. I just felt like, well, I'm being included in a social type of environment that I hadn't been a part of before. So it was almost like, in the sense of me being a teenager in America, it was me coming to America.


Early life

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 master's 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.


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.” Lead single "Just Another Day ", was an international smash hit, peaking at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100, UK and New Zealand Singles Charts. 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 its 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 2000s, 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

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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.


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1992 Grammy Awards Best Latin Pop Album Jon Secada Won [1][2]
1992 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Himself Nominated
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


  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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