Our Music

Throughout history and across the globe, music has been a powerful force in uniting cultures and driving social change. This was especially true in the 1960’s, when Up with People was formed. Since our inception, music has been the main way we communicate the hopes, questions, and feelings of today’s youth to the world. Through many facets of our world tour, Up with People uniquely captures the power of music to open the door for dialogue, heightened social awareness, and positive change.

We travel with a professionally-produced two-hour musical concert that goes beyond entertainment to inspiration. Encompassing international and contemporary music and dance, our energetic, family-friendly show features a multi-cultural cast of young adults who light up the stage with our message of hope and unity. With songs that reflect current issues as well as timeless themes, to uplifting medleys that reflect a myriad of cultures, our music opens peoples’ hearts and minds to a new way of viewing the world.

Up with People’s musical philosophy is a key part of our global education program. It gives our touring cast members a rich performing arts education through which they learn skills such as public speaking, confidence, leadership, and teamwork. We bring our international music program to schools, nonprofit partners, businesses, and other community groups to build intercultural awareness and improve global understanding.

No matter how you experience Up with People, our music will move you to a new level of hope for the future and inspire you to find ways to join us in making the world a better place.

“Journey on, journey on, you can’t stay where you are for very long. Don’t give up, find the strength you need to journey on. ‘Cause in the end, it’s not just where we go, but how we get there and who we’ve known. On this long walk, together we will journey on.”

Lyrics from "Journey On", from Up with People's The Journey.