U2's Music Video for 'Your Song Saved My Life' from 'Sing 2' Soundtrack Spotlights Student Musicians

The song appears on the soundtrack for Sing 2, and its music video highlights a partnership with the nonprofit Education Through Music

U2 is back with their first new music in three years — and with the help of the upcoming movie Sing 2, they're working to bring the joy of song to kids everywhere.

The band recorded the new track "Your Song Saved My Life" for the Sing 2 soundtrack, and PEOPLE is exclusively premiering its music video, which features real-life students and teachers involved in the nonprofit Education Through Music (ETM).

In the clip, directed by Aya Tanimura, teenage singers, guitarists and more talk about just how impactful music has been on their lives, helping them through struggles including poverty and health battles.

"I sang for the first time at my sister's funeral when I was 11," says Stephen, a 17-year-old singer.

The video also features the students' teachers, who serve as role models to the teens.

"Writing music during times of sadness helped me to always stay strong," says one student.

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Adds another: "The feeling of loneliness, of depression, feeling like I had no one… music really helped me overcome it."

The clip is the product of a partnership between Illumination, Universal Pictures, Republic Records and ETM, which "provides music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school and self-confidence," according to its website.

To further the mission, U2 has launched yoursongsavedmylife.com, and you can support the organization via Sing 2 here.

"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 and CEO of Illumination Chris Meledandri said in a statement. "Through its incredible programs, Education Through Music makes dreams possible for children in need 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."

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"Your Song Saved My Life" marks the first new music from U2 since 2019, and frontman Bono is set to make his animated film debut in Sing 2 as the voice of Clay Calloway.

The soundtrack, which comes out on Dec. 17, will also feature original songs from Sam i. featuring Anitta, BIA and Jarina De Marco, and a song from Adam Buxton with Fancy Feelings featuring DSCOSTU.

Stars like Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Billie Eilish will also contribute tracks to the film, which comes out in the U.S. on Dec. 22.

The sequel to the wildly popular 2016 film follows Matthew McConaughey's determined koala Buster Moon, who leads a group of fabulous performers to the stage. But to make it to an even bigger venue, they have to convince the reclusive rock star Clay Calloway (played by Bono) to join them, and get past mean mogul Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale).

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