The death of singer, songwriter and legend Bill Withers has weighed heavily on his fans young and old. His music was weaved into the soundtrack of our lives. Along with that great loss, the world is also reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, which is taking countless lives around the globe. But, if there’s anything Bill taught us, it's that there’s always hope, and that message of hope is being carried by some of today’s most acclaimed soul singers who proclaim "We Still With Bill."
A collection of singers we all wish we could see at a music festival this summer has teamed up to let us know there’s a “Lovely Day” ahead for us all. This music ensemble includes Raheem DeVaughn, Goapele, Kindred the Family Soul, Avery Sunshine, Eric Roberson, Cam Anthony, Algebra Blessett, Omar and Anthony David, who produced the track with Eddie “Gypsy” Stokes. In addition to paying homage to Withers, the song is a dedication to frontline workers who are putting their own lives on the line to ensure the health and safety of the rest of the world. It’s a fitting tribute that not only celebrates the man but the legacy of his timeless music.
Practicing social distancing, this all-star ensemble of singers share their hearts, homes and harmonies with the world. In between scenes of the stars in their home studios, we also get some happier images of people young and old of all colors and creeds enjoying life and each other. There are also a few reminders of ways to support frontline workers and artists sprinkled throughout. Of course, the clip also features archival footage of Bill Withers throughout his long and storied career. The clip ends with a heartfelt thank you to Bill.
You too can honor the legacy of Bill Withers by volunteering your time, money or just being a good neighbor and staying at home. To help our frontline workers, you can donate money or resources by visiting the organization Protect All Workers or send them a message of thanks at Dear Frontline. You can also support artists who are out of work due to the pandemic by donating to the Artist Relief emergency fund. Together, we can make the days ahead lovely for everyone.