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Album Review

Jon Secada took a traditional approach to this Christmas album, hiring a 60-piece orchestra to play José Antonio Molina's lush arrangements and recording live with it. Tradition also rules much of the song list, with favorites like "Silent Night" (in English and Spanish versions) and "O Come All Ye Faithful" turning up. Secada has taken the liberty of including a couple of originals that probably won't become standards, though he doesn't embarrass himself. This is a pretty somber set for the most part, perhaps more appropriate for late on Christmas Eve than Christmas morning, but it's well-sung and the arrangements add new elements here and there without varying much from the familiar.

Biography

Born: October 04, 1962 in Havana, Cuba

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Jon Secada (he legally changed his first name from Juan in 1990) immigrated to the U.S. at the age of nine in 1971, settling in Miami where his parents opened a coffee shop. He earned both a B.A. and a M.A. in jazz vocal performance at the University of Miami. Becoming involved with Gloria Estefan's career, he co-wrote six songs on her multi-platinum 1991 album Into the Light, among them the number one hit "Coming out of the Dark," and sang backup vocals on her subsequent tour. Then he signed to...
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