“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 I Wanna Play
"The patron saint of whimsy and wonder is back with some great songs that will have you on a giggle roll for hours - the kids will dig it, too!" NAPPA Awards
"Listening to I Wanna Play and loving it so much. Lovely, funny and singalongable as Bill's songs are, they're so much more. Bill's songs make me want to be a better parent and a better citizen of the world. We've had so many wonderful family moments by putting on Bill's music during car trips - even when we're feeling tired and cranky, he pulls us together." Sharon, a fan and a parent
"No child or parent for that matter will make it through this CD without laughing out loud." MetroParent
I am not one to buy kid songs as they start to drive me crazy but I could listen to this CD with or without my kids with me! If you are looking for something new to enjoy get this CD and laugh and sing! Mom & kids
"Bill Harley gets five stars.....every time
He's simply the best entertainer for kids and adults that I've encountered. His genius is producing material that both kids and adults find thought provoking/singable/morally upstanding/....and hilarious. "Barbie's Head is Missing" appears on this album - it is scream. And my kids think so, too. And so does my husband." Nancy Douglas
"Give your baby a head start on the finest children's singer/songwriter in the country: Bill Harley. Unlike so many cute and fuzzy children's entertainers that sing about rainbows and purple dinosaurs, Harley doesn't send parents screaming from the room. Yet another gem." Jim McGaw, Seekonk Star
"Bill Harley shows why he is still at the top echelon of the children's music industry with his latest recording I Wanna Play. The energetic children's chorus contribute wonderfully...listeners will find themselves hooked to sing along. Harley has a natural knack for blending soulful, serious songs that celebrate life and our world - and humor with songs like "Barbie's Head Is Missing." This is a priority purchase!"
Rob Reid, Author of Children's Jukebox and Something Musical Happened at the Library