Jon Secada calls himself a `workingman of music’

February 15th, 2012 - 12:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Cancun (Mexico), Feb 15 (IANS/EFE) Cuban-American singer-songwriter Jon Secada has said that his 20-year musical career has convinced him that “it’s the song that rules” and so his role is to be a “workingman of music”.

“I’m thrilled I’m still doing what I like to do - I’m very much a family man, very close to my children, to my family in general, my 13-year-old girl and my son who is nine, very important ages,” he told EFE before a concert at the Mexican seaside resort of Cancun.

The artist has won two Grammys and a Latin Grammy and sold more than 20 million albums.

“Right now we’re promoting the new production ‘Otra Vez’ (Once More), all in Spanish. The new production is super-pop, Latino pop, it reminds me a lot of the beginning of my career,” he said.

Secada, who was born in 1962 in Havana but developed his musical bent in Miami, said he never saw himself with a career as a composer, except for writing a song for someone in particular and with the idea of making sure “it was good song”.

He recalled the song “Bella” (Beautiful), which became a hit when Ricky Martin sang it.

“I wrote ‘Bella’ to be part of my career, part of my album, but Ricky Martin heard it at a studio one day and by the end of that day I gave him the song as if he had written it. That’s the beautiful thing about being a composer, you take so much care and give a lot of affection to the process of writing it - and from then on the song creates its own personality,” he said.


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