William Harrison “Bill” Withers, Jr. (born July 4, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including “Lean on Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Use Me”, “Just the Two of Us”, “Lovely Day”, and “Grandma’s Hands”. Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. On October 1, 2015, there was a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall in his honor, featuring Aloe Blacc, Ed Sheeran, Dr. John, Michael McDonald and Anthony Hamilton recreating his 1973 concert album, Live at Carnegie Hall, along with other Withers material. Withers was in attendance and spoke briefly onstage. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
I thought it only fitting for this holiday season when we’re all talking about peace on earth and good will toward our fellow men that what we need to spur us on in 2016 is a “theme song” for the new year! And I have the perfect one. I bet you know it. I bet you can even sing it! So won’t you join in with me and Bill? Will you take hold of my hand and let’s see how big this circle can grow. Sing loud now so everyone can hear!
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