Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

It all began a few years ago when American singer José James began performing songs by Bill Withers at his live gigs. As the soul legend Withers turned 80 years in 2018, James decided to muster up his courage and ask his idol if he could launch a tribute project to honor Withers’ career. Withers retired from the music business already a few decades ago but gave his blessing to James’ project. Since then José James has performed greatest hits of Bill Withers, and the audiences have been quite ecstatic. In August 2018 James released an album consisting of Wither’s hits such as “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lovely Day” and “Use Me”. Instead of re-arranging the songs James has decided to honor the original versions. As the music society has lost several legends over the few past years, José James wanted to honor and celebrate Bill Withers while he’s still alive. The celebration continues at Kirjurinluoto in July.

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