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|Birth name||Juan Francisco Secada Ramírez|
|Born||October 4, 1961|
|Origin||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
Juan Francisco Secada Ramírez (born October 4, 1961), better known as Jon Secada, is a Cuban American and Afro-Cuban singer and songwriter. He has won two Grammy Awards and sold 15 million records, making him one of the best-selling Latin music artists. He 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 by the Castro regime. 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, he graduated from Hialeah High School. It was during his performance of A Christmas Carol in 11th grade when he realized his musical potential and was encouraged by teachers to pursue music as a career.
In 1983, he received a Bachelor of Music and in 1986 he received a Master of Music in jazz vocal performance, both from the Frost School of Music. He graduated cum-laude and was later inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society.
In 1986, Secada was introduced to Emilio Estefan by his college acquaintances. 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 Gloria Estefan's 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 recorded If I Never Knew You, a duet with Shanice for Pocahontas. In 1999 he co-wrote and 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. They have 2 children.
Secada 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.
|ASCAP Latin Music Awards||2000||"Bella"||Most Performed Song||Won|||
|ASCAP Pop Music Awards||1992||"Coming Out of the Dark"||Most Performed Songs||Won|||
|"Do You Believe in Us"||Won|
|"Just Another Day"||Won|
|BMI Latin Awards||1993||"Otro Día Más Sin Verte"||Song of the Year||Won|||
|BMI Pop Awards||1994||"Just Another Day"||Award-Winning Songs||Won|||
|"Do You Believe in Us"||Won|
|"If You Go"||Won|
|1998||"Too Late Too Soon"||Won|||
|2001||"She's All I Ever Had"||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||1993||Himself||Top Adult Contemporary Artist||Won|||
|Billboard Latin Music Awards||2001||"Así"||Latin Dance Club Play Track||Nominated|||
|Grammy Awards||1993||Himself||Best New Artist||Nominated|||
|Otro Día Más Sin Verte||Best Latin Pop Album||Won|
|1996||Amor||Best Latin Pop Performance||Won|
|Latin Grammy Awards||2017||To Beny Moré With Love||Best Traditional Tropical Album||Won|||
|Lo Nuestro Awards||1993||Himself||Male Artist of the Year, Pop||Won|||
|New Pop Artist of the Year||Won|
|Jon Secada||Pop Album of the Year||Won|
|"Angel"||Pop Song of the Year||Nominated|
|"Otro Día Más Sin Verte"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|1994||Himself||Male Artist of the Year, Pop||Nominated|
|1995||"Si Te Vas"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|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||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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