The record label has coordinated in record time the recording of a new track by several international artists to benefit the earthquake victims in the Latin American nation
“Que cante la vida”, already a hymn for all Chileans, now also shines as a beacon of hope for them as well
“Que Cante La Vida” will be available for sale in iTunes on April 6th
Miami, FL, March 29, 2010.- EMI Music joins forces with various record labels, in leading an ambitious musical venture to raise funds to benefit the thousands of victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Chile only a few short days ago. To benefit this cause Chilean singer-songwriter Alberto Plaza was joined by a select group of international superstars, with strong bonds of friendship to the South American nation (names listed below in alphabetical order).
“Since learning the terrible news, my heart has remained with each and every Chilean. Even across the distance, I am working intensely on a wonderful project that will shine as a beacon of hope in so many homes that have lost everything”, Alberto Plaza explained.
For this important labor of love, the chosen song was the ever emblematic piece “Que cante la vida” initially performed by Plaza at the beginning of his career, while representing his country at the renowned Viña del Mar Music Festival in 1985. The song has, throughout the years, become an authentic hymn of hope for his country and as such has been chosen by the Chilean public as the most beloved song in the musical history of the South American nation.
“It is an understatement to say how immensely proud I am of EMI’s artists and executives as they continue to rise and support our “Answer The Call” initiative for the Red Cross. While putting a song together pales in comparison to the Chileans putting lives and buildings back together, it is a heartfelt gesture from our EMI community to let those who suffer know they are not alone,” stated Billy Mann, President of New Music, International and Global Artist Management.
Many of the artists collaborating on the project recorded their parts all over the world, in Madrid, Río de Janeiro, México, Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic and Miami. Alberto Plaza is carefully watching over every detail, along with renowned Chilean singer-songwriter and producer, Jaime Ciero, who produced the song and received the support of many Chilean artists and musicians that are donating their time and efforts to record background vocals and instrumentation in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Los Angeles.
The renowned Chilean sound engineer Mauricio Guerrero also joined forces with the team of elite volunteers, Guerrero has worked with international artists like Celine Dion and Phil Collins, just to name a few.
Marcelo Castello Branco, Chairman and Head of New Music Brazil and South America, corroborated: “Chile means a great deal to me both personally and professionally. EMI Music has had a historical and wonderful connection with the country and its people. We have been there for a long time and we feel this is the time to give back to them in order to help them overcome this terrible tragedy. Music is our flag and we are honored to be able to share it”.
EMI Music values all the support that the people of Chile have given to their artists throughout the years, many of which have either had their artistic debuts there or have consolidated their careers through the famous Festival de Viña del Mar. We feel that it is time that we united as a music industry and demonstrate what we are capable of achieving with this song. All funds collected from its digital and physical sales will be given to the Red Cross in Chile. But we also would like to give the Chilean people a song that will encourage them to triumph over this adversity.
We believe in the power of music, “Que cante la vida”.
Participating Artists (in alphabetical order):
Christian Chávez (ex RBD)
Franco de Vita
Jorge Villamizar (ex Bacilos)
Juan Fernando Velasco
Juan Luis Guerra
Marciano (Los Enanitos Verdes)
Noel Schajris (Sin Bandera)
About the Red Cross:
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