The song appears on the soundtrack for Sing 2, and its music video highlights a partnership with Education Through Music
SING 2 Releases in Theaters on DECEMBER 22, 2021
In advance of Sing 2, Illumination, Universal Pictures and Republic Records have joined forces to support Education Through Music (ETM) which provides music as a core subject for all children in under-resourced schools across the nation. As part of this partnership, Education Through Music-Los Angeles figures prominently in the music video for the first release from the Sing 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, U2’s “Your Song Saved My Life”.
The riveting video was directed by Aya Tanimura (Katy Perry “Roar,” Alessia Cara “How Far I’ll Go”) and stars real-life students and teachers from the ETM program. Voiceovers and subtitles tell their stories of finding strength in music and triumphing under the watch of the instructors as the song sets the tone. It concludes with an important call-to-action.
“Any negativity around me; anything that worries me [or] makes me anxious, that just goes away when I play the trumpet or play with my bandmates.” said José Santiago.
Mentor and Teacher Damien Graham reflected, “We thrive when people normalize our struggle and let us know that it’s okay.”
“The feeling of loneliness, of depression, feeling like I had no one… music really helped me overcome it,” said Eliana Racoma (pictured above).
“Illumination’s Sing 2 is a film that champions people with big dreams and celebrates the power of music to move and inspire audiences of all ages,” Sing 2 Producer & CEO of Illumination Chris Meledandri said. “Through its incredible programs, Education Through Music makes dreams possible for children…across the country, elevating the minds and spirits and futures of young people. We could not be prouder to join forces with them and support their critically important work, however we can.”
Viewers may support ETM via the official Sing 2 and ETM hub at www.national.etmonline.org
Fans can also visit U2’s www.yoursongsavedmylife.com
The Sing 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack releases Friday December 17, 2021. It accompanies the eagerly awaited new chapter in Illumination’s blockbuster animated franchise, Sing 2, which opens in US theaters on December 22, 2021.
“Your Song Saved My Life” marks the first new music from U2 since 2019. Bono, lead singer of U2, makes his animated film debut in Sing 2 as the voice of Clay Calloway. The band are very familiar with creating original songs for film, having received two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song among their many honors over the years.
The soundtrack features three original works – U2’s “Your Song Saved My Life,” Sam i feat. Anitta, BIA & Jarina De Marco on “Suéltate,”, and includes additional music from the film, including contributions from superstars Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Billie Eilish, as well as performances by cast members Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Taron Egerton and more.
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About SING 2: This holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash franchise arrives as the ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage show yet …all in the glamorous entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono—to join them. With more than 40 contemporary and classic hit songs, electrifying performances and breathtaking artistry, Sing 2 serves as an emotional reminder about the importance of dreaming big and the power of music to heal. Sing 2 features all of the characters audiences fell in love with in the first film (voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll and Garth Jennings), plus additional characters played by music superstars Pharrell Williams and Halsey, actors Bobby Cannavale and Letitia Wright, and comedians Eric André and Chelsea Peretti. The film is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings and is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy.