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11 May, 2020   |   

Heart & Home: UWP Songwriters Tribute

We are excited and honored to announce that many incredible Up with People songwriters have come together for a day of music in honor of every health hero, essential worker, and those directly affected by COVID-19. Join Up with People and this amazing group of individuals for a 90-minute international music special, Heart & Home airing LIVE from the Up with People Facebook page on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM (MDT).

Generations of international songwriters will collaborate to say ‘Thank You’ to those on the frontlines of the global pandemic. Embracing the Up with People organization’s continued commitment to keeping hope alive, the hour-long virtual tribute will feature voices from the organization’s past and present.
For 55 years, Up with People has used music as a means of addressing relevant issues, inspiring dialogue, and driving social change. Underscoring hope and unity, the mini-concert aims to provide a refreshing reprieve from the fear and uncertainty while shining the light on emergency responders.
This event marks the first time in which a collaboration of this type has happened. Though Up with People performances are typically done live on stage via a cast of international young adults, this virtual expression of appreciation from the songwriters themselves marks a special moment. Initiated by a small group of songwriters, the group has now grown to more than twenty artists representative of six eras of Up with People music. The collection of original selections including “With Everything Changing,” “Home,” “Everyday Heroes,” “What’s Happening to You,” and “Stronger Together” explore themes of optimism, resilience and solidarity.
The event will be accessible via the Up with People Facebook page on their Livestream. For more encouraging content, please visit and


2 Replies to “Heart & Home: UWP Songwriters Tribute”

  1. So looking forward to this event!! Great idea!!! While we can all hear our fav singers it’s super special to hear the writers sing!!!!

  2. The 1965 Up With People song, “Water for a thirsty land” would be very relevant now. (Late May 2020)

    I can’t find a recording anywhere. (The music is on

    We (Cast A) sang this in 1967-68, all around the country, in Clevland when Martin L. King was killed, in Harlem when Robert Kennedy was killed, in fancy auditoriums, military bases, and in the papal theatre in Rome. More timely than ever. Ron Usher (Cast A 67-68)

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