“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 and to experience “live art”, to honor the emotional lives of children and adults and finally, to pass along a love of language and music.
“Bill Harley takes his life and turns it into art. Sounds simple until you actually try to do it. That Harley’s art seems so effortless only underscore his mastery.” -Nuvo Newsweekly
Praise for You're in Trouble:
Bill Harley is an excellent choice for parents looking for funny, upbeat,age appropriate music for their young and school age children. Bill uses great humor and a range of musical talents (ie – all the songs don’t sound the same!) to keep kids and parents interested and entertained. Also, if you like You're in Trouble as much as we do, you’ll love the new CD – Down in the Backpack." - The Meyers Family, Portland, OR
"Harley might well be called the Mark Twain of contemporary kids' music." Entertainment Weekly
"Don't make the mistake of underestimating Harley or taking him less seriously just because he's funny---his wit's sharp, all right, but so are his lyrical touch and voice." The Performing Songwriter
"I loved your awesome songs. I liked the TROUBLE one best. I loved your voice too. Thank you," Dakota