Joshua Dela Cruz (Aladdin and host of “Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues”) and Amanda Dela Cruz (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) have recorded a cover of the song “Come Up for Air” (along with a video) from the new musical Ranked ( with book by  Kyle Holmes and music and lyrics by David Taylor Gomes. Ranked is set in a dystopian world where your class rank, determined by grades and test scores, governs everything from where you sit to what your future holds.

Originally set for a New York workshop in March, those plans were put on hold because of the pandemic. “Come Up for Air” is about pushing through the moment, finding some new appreciation, and ultimately, new ways of valuing ourselves. Despite the school year being turned upside down by a pandemic, many students are feeling even more pressure to be academically successful; this song is a metaphor for what we are all going through right now. A portion of the proceeds from the streaming of the song and video on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube will benefit Covenant House, which provides shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth. 

The concept album of Ranked is available through Spotify and Apple Music.