cover image A New Day

A New Day

Jon Secada. Penguin/Celebra, $24.95(256p) ISBN 978-0-451-46936-6

Multiple Grammy award-winner Jon Secada charts his life story revealing the lessons he learned during his remarkable career in the music business. As the child of Cuban refugees, Secada learned early on what was required to build a life in a new environment. After his parent's immigration from Cuba to Spain then Costa Rica, the family settled in Miami. Secada's passion for singing began in childhood and, further encouraged by a high school music teacher, he became the first person to earn a master's degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami. He was at the center of the 1980's vibrant Latin music scene in Miami and his career as both songwriter and singer flourished during his collaboration with Emilio and Gloria Estefan. In 1992, Secada's album won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album and he received a nomination for an American Music Award. Additionally, he sang at the White House for President Clinton and performed in a Broadway play. Secada candidly recounts his setbacks as well as his successes, including a failed first marriage, the dangers of having too much money too quickly, and the perils of celebrity. His intimate memoir details how the wisdom gleaned from his parents coupled with his faith contributed to his success as an artist, father and husband. (Oct.)