It’s rare that a contemporary Christian group crosses over into the mainstream, but that’s exactly what Latin pop group Tercer Cielo did in 2008 with their hit, “Yo Te Extranare.” The duo, made up of husband and wife team Juan Carlos Rodriguez and Evelyn Herrera, perform songs that are written in a catchy, contemporary style -- yet, they all have a positive, spiritual and optimistic message. While their shows remain clean, wholesome and uplifting because of the group’s religious bent, their concert tickets are bought by fans who are into religious and secular music alike.
Tercer Cielo was founded by Rodriguez and his friend, Marcos Yaroide, in 2000. When Yaroide departed the band in 2006 for a solo career, Rodriguez recruited his wife, Evelyn Herrera, to keep it alive. They released their first full-length studio album, "Llueve," in 2007. In 2008, the single, “Yo Te Extranare,” landed them a No. 27 spot on the Latin Pop Airplay charts and a spot in the eye of mainstream listeners. In 2011, Tercer Cielo garnered a nomination for a 2011 Latin Grammy Award for Best Christian Album. In mid-2012, Tercer Cielo released their most recent full-length studio album, "Lo Que El Viento Me Enseno," as well as a free single, “Demente,” which peaked at No. 46 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. With a greater focus on love songs and catchy pop beats, Tercer Cielo continues to be a religious group with wider and wider public appeal, allowing them to bring their positive and hopeful message to the mainstream public.