Multiple Grammy-winning superstar Jon Secada, B.M. ’83, M.M. ’86, has performed extensively worldwide, sold over 20 million albums, and sung with legends including Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John, and Arturo Sandoval.
Born in Havana, Secada arrived in the U.S. at age 9. He graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and worked as a background singer for Gloria Estefan, co-writing the hit “Coming Out of the Dark.”
Secada’s triple-platinum debut album hit No. 15 on Billboard magazine’s Pop charts. His follow-up hits included “Just Another Day,” “Angel,” “I’m Free,” and “Do You Believe in Us?” The album’s Spanish-language version won a 1992 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. Secada’s 1995 album Amor won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance, and he shared a 2006 Grammy for Songs From The Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.
The versatile Secada has produced music for Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Mandy Moore. For four years he was a judge on the television show Latin American Idol, and he starred on Broadway in Grease, Cabaret, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Secada was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and his Jon Secada Charities supports numerous causes for children, education, and AIDS research.