Since the turn of millennium, both fate and faith has held Tercer Cielo together.
It began when Juan Carlos Rodríguez, a well-respected music producer and composer, invited his friend, Marcos Yaroide, to record new material together under the name Tercer Cielo in the Dominican Republic.
The pair released three records together -- En Ti, a self-titled follow-up, and Ahora Tengo Algo Más -- before Yaroide left the group to pursue a solo career in 2005.
Determined to continue what he started, however, Rodríguez joined forces with a Mexican-American songstress who he had worked with in the past, Evelyn Herrera. Fate brought them together, and the two have since carried Tercer Cielo into the spotlight of contemporary Christian-inspired, Spanish-language music.
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Since becoming a duo in 2007, Rodríguez and Herrera have sold over 1.5 million records and racked up several Latin Grammy, Premios Lo Nuestro, and Premios Billboard nominations. They've scored six Top 25 singles, even dominating Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart in 2009 with Gente Común.
With more Facebook fans than Juanes and nearly half the followers of Latin Rock superstars Maná, Tercer Cielo has proven to be one of Spanish-language music's biggest names.
Tercer Cielo. Saturday, July 28. James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $37-$45.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 305-372-4634 or visit jlkc.com.