Plácido Domingo; Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villarraigosa; Christian music star Marcos Witt; pianist Arthur Hanlon and producer Sebastian Krys were among the celebs present at the Sept. 7 premiere of “La Gota de La Vida,” the song and video recorded by 46 Latin stars to benefit the City of Hope’s Latin outreach programs to drive bone marrow donation.
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The song was penned by Hanlon, a Universal Music Latino recording artist and composer (and Baldwin pianist) and recorded by a vast array of stars that include Domingo, Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Fanny Lu, Franco De Vita, Marco Antonio Solis, Jenni Rivera, Hanlon himself and many others. The song—produced by Hanlon, Krys, Emilio Estefan Jr., Humberto Gattica, Milton Salcedo and Pepe Quintana—and the video—directed by Multi-Grammy Winner Simon Brand—premiered at a gala event at LA’s Club Nokia Sept. 7. It included live performances from multiple acts, including a live rendition of the song, which will be distributed by Universal.
Artists Marcos Witt, Diego Verdaguer, Ana Isabelle, Luz Rios, pianist Arthur Hanlon and others perform “La Gota de la Vida” live for the first time at the Club Nokia.
Singer Placido Domingo hangs out backstage at the “LA Gota de la Vida” premiere.
Pianist Arthur Hanlon (center) poses with Gail Mitchell, Billboard’s senior correspondent (left) and Delia Orjuela, VP of Latin membership at BMI (right).
From left, Eddie Orjuela, president of Orjuela Entertainment; Sebastian Krys, Grammy-winning producer and one of the co-producers of the track; Delia Orjuela; Marissa Lopez, BMI’s associate director of Latin membership; Gustavo Lopez, president of Fonovisa/Disa; and Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin content, pose for a shot during the performance.
Billboard’s Leila Cobo catches up with Jesus Lopez, chairman of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Penninsula.
Backstage, (from left) Diego Verdaguer, Marcos Witt, LA mayor Antonio Villarraigosa, an aide to the mayor, and Mauricio Abaroa, president of Earth Town Entertainment.
Christian superstar Marcos Witt poses backstage with Arthur Hanlon.
Pictured here are (from left) Denise Stefanie, Jackie Ibarra and Yesi Milano, three rising stars who recorded the track to benefit City of Hope.
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