Maritere Vilar : Facts About Jon Secadu's Wife
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (12220422al) Jon Secada and his wife Maritere Vilar are as Cuban Americans show support for protestors in Cuba during the Rally For Democracy at the Freedom Tower Cuban community demonstration, Miami, Florida, USA – 17 Jul 2021

Maritere Vilar is a name quite popular for being the current wife of the Cuban American singer Jon Secada. Many people may not be aware of this but as a matter of fact, Jon is a song-writer also. He has written songs for Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, and our famous Jennifer Lopez. He has also had the privilege to tour with Luciano Pavarotti and recorded duets with Jim Brickman, Olivia Newton-John, and Frank Sinatra.

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Secada has performed several times at A Capitol Fourth, an annual Independence Day concert from the United States Capitol televised by PBS. He has won two Grammy Awards and selling 15 million records made him one of the best-selling Latin music artists known for his music as he uniquely fuses funk, soul music, pop, and Latin percussion. 

Maritere Vilar Wikipedia

Maritere Vilar is 49 years old and currently lives in Florida, Miami in the United States of America. Her race is the Hispanic.

Just like the spouses of many American celebrities who value their peace, Maritere really has nothing on herself available to the public. She much prefers to keep her private life private and is mostly seen only with her husband at events and occasions. There are a lot of images of her with her husband Jon on the internet.

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Juan Francisco Secada Ramírez better known as Jon Secada is a Cuban American singer who was birthed on the 4th of October, 1961. Jon was born in 1961 in Havana, Cuba and stayed there for a while during his childhood. He was born to Jose Secada and his mother whose maiden name was Ramirez. His father, José, was a political prisoner to the communist Cuban government, imprisoned for three (3) years. However, in 1971, Jon and his family were granted the permission to emigrate from their hometown and so they finally moved from Cuba to Miami a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida in the United States of America.

In the USA, in order to make ends meet, his parents opened a coffee shop. Though his family moved to Miami, Jon was raised in Hialeah, in the same Florida. 

Maritere Vilar and Jon Secada marriage

Maritere was actually the second wife of Jon Secada. The duo started dating in May 1995 and they got married two years later in February 1997 and have been blessed with two children during their time together.

Maritere Vilar and her husband Jon Secada are known as Cuban Americans show support for protestors in Cuba during the Rally For Democracy at the Freedom Tower on July 17, 2021 in Miami Florida.

His first wife was Jo Pat Cafro. The tied the knot in 1988 and got divorced 5 years later in 1993. 

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He currently resides in a 7,284 square-foot house, with a tennis court and pool, a few blocks west of the University of Miami, his alma mater, in Coral Gables, Florida.

Jon is the founder of the Jon Secada Music Scholarship at the University of Miami. He raised funds for The Recording Academy’s effort “Keeping Music in Schools,” and supports many initiatives including the Pediatric AIDS Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Maritere Vilar Husband

Maritere Vilar’s husband Jon attended Hialeah Senior High School in Hialeah, Florida. He stated that in 11th grade, during the performance of A Christmas Carol which he participated in, he alongside his peers and teachers realized that he had great potential in music and so he was encouraged by the masses and his teachers to pursue a career in music which in fact, turned out to be really good advice.

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In 1979, he graduated from Hialeah Senior High and after graduating from high school, he took the advice of his teachers and enrolled in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he earned for himself a Bachelor of Music in 1983 and a Master of Music in jazz vocal performance in 1986. Smart as he is, he graduated cum-laude and was later inducted into the Iron Arrow Honour Society, which is the highest honour conferred onto an individual by the University of Miami.


Maritere Vilar husband, Jon did not start his music career right after college, no. On the contrary, right after college, from 1986 to 1991, he was a teacher at Miami Dade College. During the same 1986, Jon’s acquaintances from his Alma Mata, University of Miami, introduced him to Emilio Estefan, a musician in Miami Sound Machine and husband of Gloria Estefan. Emilio listened to one of Jon’s demos and liked it soo much he decided to take in Jon and became Jon’s mentor and manager. This led to his becoming a backup singer for Emilio in the Miami Sound Machine.

In 1991, Jon co-wrote and was a backup singer for “Coming Out of the Dark,” which became a number-one hit song.  The song was inspired by a tour-bus accident involving Gloria Estefan in 1990. An accident which got her back broken. 

Jon Secada, Maritere Vilar’s husband debuted in 1992 with an album he self-titled and sold about 7 million copies of that album. In 1994, he performed a duet with a renowned singer, one of my favorites, Frank Sinatra, a re-recording of “The Best Is Yet to Come,” which was released on Sinatra’s album Duets II. He also performed at the awards for Miss Venezuela 1994. In 1995, he performed on Broadway in Grease, and he also presented at the 49th Tony Awards. He recorded If I Never Knew You, a duet with Shanice for Pocahontas and then in 1999, he co-wrote and produced “She’s All I Ever Had” for Ricky Martin.

Maritere Vilar husband performed in Cabaret in 2003 also co-writing the song Juramento for Ricky Martin. Due to his great music and good reputation, Jon was chosen to be a judge on the Latin American Idol for its entire four-season run from 2006 to 2009. In 2007, he co-wrote three songs, and performed in one, on Lilian Garcia’s album “¡Quiero Vivir!”.

Later on, a few years back actually, in 2017, he released a tribute album with cover versions of songs by Benny Moré. His wife Maritere Vilar has been very supportive of his career.

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