This post originally appeared on The Lab NYC Website
Over the past three decades, three-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada has had an astonishing career, selling over 20 million records worldwide, touring the world and releasing 18 studio albums including both English and Spanish language versions. Adored by millions around the world, Secada is recognized as an international superstar by both fans and peers alike for his soulful and melodic voice. After taking a brief hiatus from music, the Cuban-American singer-songwriter is back with his latest single, “I’m Never Too Far Away.”
“I’m Never Too Far Away” commemorates the 20th anniversary of Seacda’s music career and the release of his official RIAA Gold hit “Just Another Day.” The song also marks Secada’s first collaboration with Billboard Magazine’s five time “Producer of the year,” and six time ASACAP “Songwriter of the Year” winner, Rudy Perez. Once they hit the studio, the dynamic duo forged an immediate chemistry and in just a short time created an uplifting ballad, which stays true to Jon’s signature and timeless sound.
In 1991 Secada’s career skyrocketed with the release of his self-titled debut album Jon Secada (SBK/EMI), which sold over six million plus 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 30 hits would eventually come off 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), 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 songwriting skills. One of his first major breaks came from an encounter with Gloria Estefan in the late 1980s, which led to him co-writing her hit single “Coming Out of the Dark.” 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!” Since his time working with Gloria, Secada has gone on to pen countless songs for superstars such as Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin who 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’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 acknowledged Secada with an award that acknowledged him as a leader in Hepatitis C awareness around the world.
Throughout his career Secada has participated in various international shows including a stint as a celebrity judge on the international smash, “Latin American Idol,” and 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 also has many side 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.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down #InTheLab with 3-Time Grammy winner and Latin music icon Jon Secada to talk about his remarkable career, his newest single “I’m Never Too Far Away”, becoming one of the most successful Bi-Lingual artists of a generation, being flown out to the recent stranded Carnival Cruise Liners to perform for passengers, how he uses social media to engage his enormous fan base, and what lies next for this music legend.
Here is Jon Secada’s appearances on “Say Anything” With Joy Behar and CBS “The Couch” in NYC this week. He can also be seen on CNN’s Starting Point and FOX NYC, this week: