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Synopsis: Music is the sound of truth, the sound of hope. It is the sound of unity and courage. During this critical time in history, the profound truth remains that music is the great, universal language. “The Sound of Us” chronicles a series of wide-ranging, diverse stories that exemplify the power of music and the triumph of the human spirit.



Run Time

118 minutes


Sarah McLachlan
Ben Folds
Sekou Andrews
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Directed by

Chris Gero

Written by

Chris Gero
Sara Bachler

Produced by

Sara Bachler


Ben James

Director's Statement

“The Sound of Us” illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.
We filmed over the course of two months, across five countries, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, to bring you these stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things through music. The film explores the impact music has on our current environment and existence, and also its historical impact through varied seasons of humanity.
The amazing thing about music is that is does not lie. We have a responsibility to the truth and to each other through music. What I love about combining film and music is that it offers a beautiful opportunity for empathy to grow, and we believe that’s exactly what these stories do.
We hope you have the opportunity to watch “The Sound of Us” and answer for yourself, “What is music to you?”

Director's Bio

Chris Gero is a 12-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award-nominated record producer, well-known for his visionary style in the music industry. An accomplished composer and director, “The Sound of Us” is Gero’s second documentary feature film. Gero previously directed the 2014 award-winning feature length documentary, “Nathan East: For the Record.” Prior to his documentary directorial debut, Gero produced and directed Elton John’s full length concert film “The Million Dollar Piano,” which screened worldwide.

As founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group, Gero oversees the management and branding of Yamaha’s global roster, having signed more than 5,000 artists to date. Also known for his large scale concert productions, Gero has produced live concert events for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Tony Bennett, Michael McDonald, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and John Legend.

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