Us The Duo Land Song in “The Book of Life” and Tour with Oprah (@ustheduo)

us-the-duo-press-photo-2014-billboard-650x430You’ll be able to hear US THE DUO’s breakout hit, “No Matter Where You Are,” like never before in the upcoming animated film from 20th Century Fox, The Book of Life—in theaters October 17. During the final triumphant scene, stars Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna and Placido Domingo give their own spirited and stunning rendition of the song, while US THE DUO’s original version plays over the end credits.  Both versions of the song are included on the movie soundtrack being released by Sony Classical on October 14.

Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Academy Award-nominee Guillermo del Toro, The Book of Life stars Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Ice Cube in telling the fantastical journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.  This marks the band’s first major film placement.

Similar to the film, the story of US THE DUO is one of love at first sight. After Michael and Carissa met on the set of a music video shoot, they kept their long distance romance kindled via social media and were married within one year. Their love story and impactful music makes them the perfect addition to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend. “It’s amazing how both The Book of Life and Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend capture the entire essence of life, love and family. Our music and lyrics express the exact same thing, so working together with Fox and Oprah was naturally a perfect fit” said Michael and Carissa Alvarado.

The arena tour features Oprah on stage, telling her own story in addition to appearances by Deepak Chopra and best-selling authors Elizabeth Gilbert [Eat, Pray, Love], Rob Bell [Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God], and Iyanla Vanzant  Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything] as well as Dancing With the Stars finalist Amy PurdyUS THE DUO stand out as the featured musical act during O Town, a pop-up town square taking place throughout the weekend event. Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend kicks off September 5-6 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA and wraps up November 14-15 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA.

Tour dates and audio to “No Matter Where You Are” below.

Us the Duo – “No Matter Where You Are” – Audio

Tour Dates:

9/5-6                 Atlanta, GA                 Philips Arena

9/12-13            Auburn Hills, MI          The Palace at Auburn Hills

9/19-20             Washington, D.C.       Verizon Center

9/26-27            Newark, NJ                 Prudential Center

9/28                 New York, NY             Hammerstein Ballroom*

10/17-18          Houston, TX               Toyota Center

10/24-25          Miami, FL                     American Airlines Arena

11/7-8              Seattle, WA                 Key Arena

11/14-15          San Jose, CA              SAP Center


*TJ Martell Foundations’ 15th Annual Family Day (Not Affiliated with Oprah Tour)


The Book of Life opens in theaters nationwide October 17th. For more information please visit

Photo: Courtesy of Republic Records

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.