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Music In The Isles:

Featuring Grammy-Award Winning Artist, Jon Secada


Previously known as Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest, Music in the Isles will feature Grammy-award winning artist, Jon Secada on Saturday, November 16 at Gateway Park, 151 Sunny Isles Blvd. 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. Jazz artist, Dr. Ed Calle will be opening the event.

Jons Life
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. Eventually in 1971, the Secadas received permission to emigrate and move to Miami where his parents opened a coffee shop to provide for the family. Jon was raised in Hialeah and had not yet realized his passion for music. 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.

After graduation from 1986 to 1991 Secada was a teacher at Miami Dade College. 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. After a few years under the Estefan’s mentorship, in 1991 Secada co-wrote and was a backup singer for "Coming Out of the Dark", a number one hit song inspired by a vehicle accident when Gloria Estefan was on tour. In 1992, he released his self-titled debut album, which sold 7 million copies.

Jons career spans 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.

Beyond his own hits, Secada is widely recognized for his impeccable producing and songwriting skills. 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.

Win a Meet & Greet with Jon Secada!
Purchase your ticket for ‘Music in the Isles’ (General Admission or Reserved Seating) before November 1 for your chance to win a meet and greet with Jon Secada! Five winners will be selected, and each winner may bring up to two guests. Winners will be personally notified by Friday, November 8.

Tickets are available for purchase at Pelican Community Park 18115 North Bay Road in Sunny Isles Beach, the Government Center 18070 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach or online sibfl.net/music (service charge will be added for online ticket purchases). Tickets are $15 for General Admission (does not include a seat, bring a chair or blanket) or $30 for Reserved Seating (includes a seat in the reserved seating section.) Free parking will be available in the Gateway Park garage (151 Sunny Isles Blvd.) with overflow parking at Bella Vista Bay Park, 500 Sunny Isles Boulevard. The SIBshuttle will run on a special event schedule within Sunny Isles Beach. For more information, visit sibfl.net/music or call 305.792.1706.


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