Jon Secada is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter who is has sold over 20 million albums, a dancer and a philanthropist and performed on Broadway. In fact, we talk a little about a friend of his, Ricky Martin, who's on Broadway now. I'm backstage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota with the very busy, multi-talented Jon Sedaca!
Jon: How are you?
Full Access: Good, how are you?
Jon: Really good, thank you.
Full Access: Ok, good. So, you just got back from New York and you’re big with Broadway. Did you see Ricky Martin in Evita?
Jon: Yeah, I sure did, and he actually did a great job. I’m really proud of my friend; it was the first couple of weeks that he started the show, but, it was an awesome, great show—he’s doing a wonderful job.
Full Access: Nice. So, kids have a lot of obstacles growing up. What obstacle did you have and how did you overcome or deal with it?
Jon: I think all kids have a lot of obstacles growing up, and I guess probably my biggest obstacle was making sure that I stayed focused and really knew exactly what things were important in my life. Luckily, I had the loving help of my parents, which was important to help guide me, especially when it came to wanting to go to school and do well in school… but I think the main thing is to stay focused and just keep it easy, stay cool; stay focused on what you want.
Full Access: You have a new song called ‘Your Voice Inside’ which is a really special song to you and your campaign, “Tune In To Hep C,” which is hepatitis C, so could you tell us how that song came about and more about your involvement in the campaign?
Jon: Yeah, my song was inspired by my father. He passed away from complications of Hepatitis C, chronic hepatitis C, so I wrote a song about it and have been working with a company called Merck and the American Liver Foundation; together, we’re doing an awareness campaign. The song is part of it, so I’m really excited by the fact that we’re able not only to work together and get this message out, but that at the same time, I can do it with my music. This song is definitely a part of the message and conveys everything that I want it to convey in relation to what the campaign is all about.
Full Access: Being with your dad, what did he teach you about you being a dad?
Jon: Oh boy, he taught just by being an example. That’s the main thing, he taught me by the love and the support that he always gave me. That’s the same thing that I’m trying to do with my children; we always have the example from my parents, that’s something that has always means a lot to me, especially my relationship to my father.
Full Access: You have a new duet that you did with Cyndi Lauper called ‘Still I Rise,’ with the words by Dr. Maya Angelou, was that pretty special?
Jon: Extremely special, and to be able sing with Cyndi Lauper, who’s such a tremendous artist and of course, such a beautiful, tremendous, powerful lyrics by Dr. Angelou and that means something that’s a lot to me, and was a tremendous opportunity. So, yeah, the song came out great, it’s going to be a part of my new CD that’s coming out by the end of the year, so I’m really excited and the song sounds really, really good.
Full Access: Awesome, okay, so touring with Sergio Mendez had to be really cool, what did you learn from him? Did you learn anything special being on tour together?
Jon: Well, Sergio Mendez is a musical legend, so he’s again, I feel honored, really to share the stage with him, and it’s wonderful talking to and spending time with everybody who’s a part of his group. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s always great to work with great artists, especially somebody with the history of Sergio Mendez.
Full Access: Nice, okay, well what are your upcoming plans and events?
Jon: Well, right now, I’m in the middle of finishing up my new CD which will be out by the end of this year, and then I’m also getting ready to do a lot of traveling to Europe and then to Latin America… I’m going to Spain next week promoting my music and a Spanish CD that I did last year, so I’m doing a little bit of everything and staying as busy as I can… but it’s a lot of travel, a lot of travel.
Full Access: Nice, well, thank-you so much for talking to me.
Jon Secada is big in so many genres– the soft rock, the latin and spanish, as well as Broadway. Everything he does has been with a style and passion that is timeless.