Mi Tierra

Mi Tierra
Mi tierra
Studio album by Gloria Estefan
Released June 14, 1993 (1993-06-14)
(see Release history)
Recorded 1992, Crescent Moon Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Latin Pop, Tropical, Bolero
Length 52:39
Label Epic
Sony Music
Producer Emilio Estefan, Jr., Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald
Gloria Estefan chronology
Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits
Mi Tierra
Christmas Through Your Eyes
Alternative cover
Limited Edition Vinyl Album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[2]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[3]
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Mi Tierra is the third studio solo album and first Latin solo album released by American singer Gloria Estefan, but is her 15th overall, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music).



The album proved to be another success for Estefan, and has become, arguably, the most successful album of her career. The album is one of the best known Latin albums around the world, in which Gloria demonstrates her musical roots.

"Mi tierra" utilizes Cuban beats and Latin traditional rhythms, and includes ballads, such as the second single, "Con los años que me quedan," which was also recorded in English, as "If We Were Lovers," and later issued on Estefan’s second compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. II. "If We Were Lovers" was released as a single in the UK, where it reached the Top 40. This song displays a romantic mood, but it also can be heard as a traditional Cuban song, due to its inclusion of slow Cuban rhythms.

Before the release of "If We Were Lovers", the single "Mi Tierra" was released. This single wasn’t a romantic song, but a Latin-rhythm dance song. It reached #1 on the U.S. Latin Chart for six weeks and became a U.S. Top 5 Dance hit, as well as a Top 40 hit in the UK and Australia.

The follow-up single to "Con los años que me quedan" was "Tradición", another dance song which is even more upbeat than the first single, displaying a use of traditional congas and bongos, making it a mixture of Cuban music with African rhythms. This song topped the U.S. dance charts for two weeks.

"Montuno" was released exclusively to the European and British markets, and proved its success when it reached the Number 55 on the UK Charts, while in U.S. it was released as a promotional single, "Mi Buen Amor", which was another number one hit for Gloria on the Latin charts. The last promotional release in the U.S. was "Ayer", which reached the Top 5 on the Latin Tracks chart.

"Mi tierra" made Estefan famous around the world, and has received many awards. It became the first album to sell more than one million copies in Spain, and Estefan received her first Grammy award for it, in the category of "Best Tropical Latin Album". She also won her first World Music Award for "Best-Selling Latin Performer" as well as a Premio Lo Nuestro award for "Tropical Album of the Year",[4] and ended on the Billboard Year-End charts as the "Top 50 Latin Album Artist", "Top 50 Latin Album", "Top Tropical/Salsa Latin Artist" and "Top Tropical/Salsa Latin Album", the last two for two consecutive years. It became the first Spanish-language album to be featured on the Billboard 200 albums chart at a high position, reaching #27. This record was broken by Enrique Iglesias' Quizas album in 2002, which reached #12.

Many artists took part in this project; among them were percussionist Tito Puente, singer Sheila E., guitarist Chamin Correa, Luis Enrique, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and singer Jon Secada. The London Symphony Orchestra also appears on the album, supporting its tracks with stringed instruments. This album has sold more than 5.1 million copies worldwide.


# Title Date
1. "Mi tierra" July 1993
2. "Con los años que me quedan" September 1993
3. "Tradición" October 1993
(only U.S.)
4. "Montuno" November 1993
(only UK)
5. "Si Señor!..." November 1993
(only Europe)
6. "Mi buen amor" November 1993
(only U.S.)
7. "Ayer" December 1993
(only U.S.)
8. "Volverás" December 1993
(only Mexico)
9. "Mi Tierra De Tradición" December 1993
(only Spain)

Track listing

# Title Written by Time
1. "Con los años que me quedan" Emilio Estefan Jr. 4:37
2. "Mi tierra" Estéfano 4:38
3. "Ayer" Marquez 5:17
4. "Mi buen amor" G. Estefan 3:50
5. "Tus ojos" Estefano, Estefan Jr. 4:11
6. "No hay mal que por bien no venga" Lopez, Estefan, Estefan Jr., Secada 5:28
7. "Si Señor!..." Marquez 4:40
8. "Volverás" Estefan, Ferro 3:55
9. "Montuno" Marquez 4:57
10. "Hablemos el mismo idioma" Estefan, Estefan Jr. 4:45
11. "Hablas de mí" Piloto 3:40
12. "Tradición" Estefan, Estefan Jr. 5:21


  • Gloria Estefan - vocal, background vocals
  • Chamin Correa - background vocals, guitarist
  • Alejandro Correa - background vocals
  • Alfredo Correa - background vocals
  • Juan Marquez - guitarist
  • Israel López "Cachao" - bass
  • Jorge Casas - bass, Cuban guitars
  • Luis Enrique - percussion
  • London Symphony Orchestra - strings
  • Paquito Hechavarria - piano
  • Clay Ostwald - piano
  • Nelson Gonzalez - Cuban guitars, percussion
  • Rafael Padilla - percussion
  • Sheila E. - congas
  • Randy Barlow - trumpets, backgrounds vocals
  • Teddy Mulet - trumpets, trombone, backgrounds vocals
  • Nestor Torres - flute
  • Debbie Spring - charango, cuerda, viola, violin
  • Jorge Orbon - violin
  • Max Teppich - violin
  • Alexander Prilutchi - violin
  • Phil Tempkin - violin
  • Robert Basso - violin
  • Steven Sigurdson - cello
  • Cheito Quiñonez - backgrounds vocals
  • Rafael "Felo" Barrios - timbales, guiro
  • Paquito D’Rivera - saxophone
  • Jon Secada - songwriter, background vocal


  • Producers: Emilio Estefan Jr., Jorge Casas & Clay Ostwald
  • Arrangers: Juanito R. Marquez, Randy Barlow, Estefano, Emilio Estefan Jr., Israel López "Cachao", Gloria Estefan, Clay Ostwald, Jorge Casas
  • Engineer & Mixing: Eric Schilling
  • Additional Mixing: Phil Ramone, Pablo Flores, Mike Couzzi
  • Assistant: Scott Perry
  • Additional Assistant: Sean Chambers, Sebastian Krys, Mark Krieg, Andrew Roshberg, Noel Harris, Geoff Foster, Lance Phillips, Javier Vacas
  • Mastered by: Bob Ludwing at Gateway Mastering


  • Art direction: Nancy Donald
  • Photography: Alberto Tolot
  • Gloria Estefan’s Hair & Makeup: Francesca Tolot
  • Stylist: Serena Rodaelli
  • Dressed by Robertino Trovatti

Release history

Region Date
United States June 14, 1993 (1993-06-14)
Japan June 15, 1993 (1993-06-15)
World June 26, 1993 (1993-06-26)
Canada June 29, 1993 (1993-06-29)

Chart performance

Mi tierra became in one of the most successful Latin albums of all time, it’s topped the charts in Spain and the U.S., and it reached highest position at some countries of Non-speaking Spanish language such as the UK and Switzerland, in where became the first Latin album to do it so. It also the first Latin album in the Billboard magazine, to reach the Top 40 in the category of the Billboard Top 200. Mi Tierra spent one week #1 on the Latin Pop Album charts and dominated the Tropical charts for nearly two years until being succeeded by La India for Dicen Que Soy and later Merengue En La Calle 8 95, a merengue compilation album.

Chart (1993) Peak
Dutch Top 50 Albums Chart [5] 9
Germany Top 50 Albums Chart 59
Spain Top 40 Albums Chart 1
Swiss Top 100 Albums Chart 25
UK Top 75 Albums Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums 27
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Pop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Tropical/Salsa Albums 1

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[6] 2× Platinum 120,000x
Mexico (AMPROFON)[7] 3× Platinum 750,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[9] 10× Platinum 1,000,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[10] Gold 25,000x
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 16× Platinum (Latin) 1,600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


Year Award Show Award
1993 Spain Music Awards Diamond Award (For sales exceeding a million)
Humanitarian Heritage Awards Hispanic Heritage Award
1994 Grammy Music Award Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album
Premios Lo Nuestro Tropical Album of the Year
World Music Awards Best-Selling Latin Performer
Musicares Awards Musicares Person Of The Year

See also


  1. ^ Mi Tierra at Allmusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  4. ^ "Lo Nuestro 1994 - Historia de Premio lo Nuestro - Univision". univision.com. http://www.univision.com/content/content.jhtml?cid=490961. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Dutch charts
  6. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Mi Tierra". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. http://www.capif.org.ar/Default.asp?PerDesde_MM=0&PerDesde_AA=0&PerHasta_MM=0&PerHasta_AA=0&interprete=Gloria+Estefan&album=Mi+Tierra&LanDesde_MM=0&LanDesde_AA=0&LanHasta_MM=0&LanHasta_AA=0&Galardon=O&Tipo=1&ACCION2=+Buscar+&ACCION=Buscar&CO=5&CODOP=ESOP. 
  7. ^ "Mexican album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Mi Tierra Combatir" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. http://www.amprofon.com.mx/certificaciones.php?artista=Gloria+Estefan&titulo=Mi+Tierra+Combatir&categoria=ALBUM&contenido=buscar. 
  8. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Mi Tierra" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. http://www.ifpi.nl/nvpi/pagina.asp?pagkey=61112&documentid=1237818. 
  9. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Mi Tierra" (in Spanish) (PDF). Productores de Música de España. http://promusicae.es/files/listassemanales/albumes/historial/TOP%20100%20ALBUMES%2004_23.pdf. 
  10. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Gloria Estefan; 'Mi Tierra')". Hung Medien. http://www.swisscharts.com/search_certifications.asp?search=Gloria+Estefan+Mi+Tierra. 
  11. ^ a b "American album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Mi Tierra". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Mi+Tierra%22.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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