Tercer Cielo Biography
Their albums have been well received in the Christian music genre in Latin America. They have sold more than 300,000 albums, which allowed them to travel to many Spanish-speaking countries to share an inspirational message using positive lyrics with a Biblical message and full of hope and life. Tercer Cielo sings not only Christian music but also includes love songs in their records, which opened doors in the world of secular music. They have received award nominations from around the world, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Orlando, and California.
The group was a presenter at the 2011 Latin Billboard Music Awards. They made their Puerto Rico major-arena debut concert called "Creeré" at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot on 6 March 2010 and also performed on the Puerto Rican television reality show singing contest Yo Canto. They were nominated for Premio Lo Nuestro 2011, the 2010 Latin Billboard Music Awards and a 2011 Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Christian Album.
The group began when Juan Carlos Rodriguez and Marcos Yaroide sang in Christian events in their hometown of Santo Domingo. This then spread to churches and many charity concerts events, in which Tercer Cielo was formed. Through their music, Tercer Cielo supported the many churches financially and helped raise funds for many local ministries. Soon, word spread about this new duo and the group left their hometown, performing all around the country. It is said that one of their earlier concerts was attended by international Christian recording artists Freewill & JBG.
The first song the group recorded was called "Ella Y El", written by Juan Carlos Rodriguez. It had R&B influences and told of the story of a young man who abandoned his Christian faith to go a world that offered him nothing but pain and suffering. Soon the song became a hit in their country and the group was showered with invitations to concerts and events like never before, prompting the need to record an album. The group received the support of fellow rookie record label Estribillo Music and recorded En Ti, which was very successful and was #1 on national Christian radio. Songs on that initial album include "El Rapto" with the rapper Redimi2 (who also came out at that time), "En Ti", and "Contigo Estoy".
Among their other successes are "No Importa", which earned them the 2007 Award for Song of the Year AMCL and Composition of the Year. Juan Carlos Rodriguez was given the award for Songwriter of the Year. In 2009, they had two major successes: "Creere" and "Mi Ultimo Dia," both of which were nominated for awards in the category AMCL Song of the Year Awards. "Mi Ultimo Dia" was winner of Harp Song of the Year. In 2011, they produce "Tu Amor No Es De Este Mundo," winner of Song of the Year Awards AMCL 2011. On April 24, 2012, they officially launched their ninth studio album Lo Que El Viento Me Enseñó, released a free single "Demente," a motivational duet with Annette Moreno.
Change of members
Juan Carlos Rodriguez in concert.
In 2006, Marcos Yaroide decided to leave the group to form a solo career, which caused controversy among the media. Many fans and media thought it was due to disagreements between Yaroide and Rodriguez. Rodriguez and Yaroide later admitted in interviews that he had made his own decision to start a solo career, due to his desire to be a pastor.
Juan Carlos then decided to include his wife Evelyn Herrera as a new member of Tercer Cielo, arousing great curiosity in the artistic and Christian world. Everyone wanted to hear the seriousness of the new project. The idea, for many, was strange, because they believed that Tercer Cielo was over, but at the same time were interested because they wanted to hear what the new musical style would be like. Tercer Cielo was now something completely different and their expectations were great.