“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 Blah Blah Blah:
"Another virtuoso performance by one-man dynamo Bill Harley. You'll never look at clams or pirates the same way again. Keep this hilarious CD at the ready in your car for the inevitable requests." NAPPA Awards
"Some people say that Bill Harley never grew up. We're glad to hear it. Here he delivers tall tales that are out of this world fun. His characters come straight from the memories of your fourth grade class and his spot-on delivery is confirmation that Bill Harley really and truly honest to goodness cross your heart knows what makes kids laugh." Parents' Choice
"Bill Harley has been helping my children fall asleep with a smile on their faces for three years. The whole Blah Blah Blah CD is fantastic. We've listened to the CD every other night (alternating with One More Time) since we received it. One More Time is great, too, a nice combination of many favorite songs and some we didn't know. I have found myself more than once kissing my children good night in the dark and whispering "Nighty Noodles," and hearing back, "Nighty Noodles, Mama." Thank you, Mr. Harley, for being a very special part of our lives." The Elkort Family
"Those bewildered adults who still can't figure out what albums to buy their kids (and who are still hung up on new releases) can do well with a couple of newbies from Bill Harley. Blah Blah Blah shows this master storyteller at his best, with stories about clams, swamp monsters, pirates, and dogs. Pair it with One More Time, an outstanding collection of favorite songs and stories, including Alicia and the Little Monster. Bill Harley is a national treasure." ---MetroKids