Gracias a la Vida (charity song)

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For the original version of the song by Violeta Parra, see Gracias a la Vida.
"Gracias a la Vida"
Single by Artists for Chile
Released May 4, 2010
Format CD single, music download
Recorded March—April 2010
Genre Pop
Length 4:31
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Violeta Parra
Producer(s) Humberto Gatica

"Gracias a la Vida" is a song and charity single recorded by the supergroup Artists for Chile, called too Voces Unidas por Chile in 2010. It is a cover of the 1966 hit song "Gracias a la Vida", which was written and performed by the Chilean folklorist Violeta Parra. The single will be released one week before another charity single for the event, "Que Cante la Vida", performed by various artists too including Alex Ubago, Belinda, Carlos Baute, Aleks Syntek, Luis Fonsi, among others.

Background and release[edit]

The song was set to released on April 22, 2010 via Warner Bros. Records, but it was pushed back because Shakira's part on the song was not yet recorded. The official release date for the single was May 4, 2010 in Chile, Latin America, Mexico and United States in digital download format available on iTunes and others music digital stores and radio airplay.[1]

The intention of Warner Music, is edit the song internationally in both physical and digital format, is available on May 4, 2010. The profits from their sale went to Habitat for Humanity, which works to provide housing to families in need in various countries, including Chile.[1]

Recording process[edit]

Chilean singer Beto Cuevas, former leader of the group La Ley, recruited artists such Mexican Fher, voice of the group Maná, Spanish Miguel Bosé and Colombian Juanes to record a new version of the song "Gracias a la Vida" to raise aid for the reconstruction after magnitude 8.8 Mw earthquake in Chile.[2] Cuevas joined the producer Humberto Gatica to record the anthem of Violeta Parra with a group of international artists to come to the aid of earthquake victims in Chile.[2]

Juanes recorded his part from London in the United Kingdom, Guerra from Dominican Republic, Laura Pausini from Italy and Fher from Guadalajara, Mexico, "We are committed to the Chilean people, which is facing a big problem" said the vocalist of Maná. Along with the song, a classic written by Chilean Violeta Parra immortalized by Argentina Mercedes Sosa has recorded a video with statements of all participating artists and images of the tragedy. "Anything that has to do for this country, always will," Bosé said in its segment. "Last year, my land, Italy, experienced a similar tragedy to which Chile is experiencing," recalled Laura Pausini, referring to the earthquake in the area of Abruzzo.[1]

Artists for Chile musicians[edit]

Release details[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Chile[1] May 4, 2010 Warner Bros. Records Digital download
Radio airplay
May 12, 2010 CD Single
United States[1] May 4, 2010 Digital download
Latin America[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Con voz de Shakira se completa grabación de "Gracias a la vida" para damnificados de Chile." (in Spanish). El Mercurio. April 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Graba Beto Cuevas tema a favor de Chile." (in Spanish). Ritmoson. March 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 

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