Whether it be singing backup, songwriting, performing on Broadway, or starring hi his own show; three time Grammy Award winning Latin artist Jon Secada has taken advantage of every opportunity that has come his way. And on June 15, Secada brought his career spanning show to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.
After opening the show with “Do You Believe in Us?” and performing “I’m Free” and “Angel”, Secada spoke on a collaboration, one he never expected to happen, when the legendary Frank Sinatra sang a duet of “The Best is Yet to Come” at Sinatra’s request. Secada performed a bit of the song with a little technological help to include Sinatra’s voice.
Remarking on his career, Secada said that he had been a part of three Broadway productions including being the very first Cuban Danny Zuko in the musical “Grease”.
Taking off his jacket and rolling up his sleeves, Secada performed a bit his other Broadway role; that of the MC in “Cabaret” with “Wilkkommen” and “Cabaret”. Secada’s music was also a part of “On Your Feet”.
Known first for his songwriting skills, Secada’s singing abilities came to light when fellow Cuban-American Gloria Estefan gave Secada the stage during her shows.
Secada performed “Take Me”, “Georgia on My Mind”, and “Always Something” before leaving the stage for a costume change and the band took over for a performance of the Gloria Estefan hits “Conga” and “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”.
Secada returned to the stage for a performance of his first number one song as a songwriter with the “Gloria Estafan hit “Coming Out of the Dark” (her first single after the bus crash that nearly paralyzed her).
While Secada wrote “She’s All I Ever Need” and intended it for his next single, it was fellow Latin artist and friend Ricky Martin who took the song to number one.
Secada performed “One of a Kind”, “Whipped”, “Human Nature”, “Too Late, Too Soon”, “After all”, “September”, and “If You Go” before closing the show with his hit song “Just Another Day”.
Born Juan Francisco Secada in Havana, Cuba; Jon Secada came to the United States with his family when he was nine years old.
Whether it be his Latin heritage or he passion for the music, Jon Secada gives a master class in emotion and passion with every performance.