“Bill Harley has the uncanny ability to reaffirm life for listeners, be they five or fifty. Humor, empathy, intelligence and reality all radiate from his work and from him.” - Penguin Books
A GRAMMY® award winning artist, Bill uses song and story paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered and featured on PBS. Harley joined the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours nationwide as an author and performing artist.
With these considerable talents, Bill considers his real work to be using these skills to encourage his audience to see the world anew by experiencing “live art”, to honor the emotional lives of children and adults and finally, to pass along a love of language and music.
Praise for Play it Again:
"The songs on 'Play It Again' are full of catchy choruses and lyrics that range from the silly or scary to the surprising and instructive." The Washington Post
"15 years worth of toe-tapping, thoughtful and fun songs that observe childhood with a keen eye and a giggle." Los Angeles Times
"Go find this guy! Harley has the heart of a child and a love of life we can all share." LA Parent
Dear Bill; I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful gift of storytelling and music that you've been sharing with our family through your CD's. We had never heard of you, until my sister-in-law sent a copy of "Play it Again" to my children as a Christmas gift 3 years ago. The CD was an instant hit with my kids, and we just had to get more...it turns out that you are a hit with us as parents, too. We play your CD's all the time! Thanks again! Daniel, Trisha, David (age 10), Stephen (age 8), & Rebekah (age 6)