“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 Mistakes Were Made:
"Harley mixes humor with poignancy slyly and subtly. Your first impression may be that he's a stand-up comic. But he's not of Comedy Club cloth for two reasons: His material is G-rated. He gives you something to take home."
Aberdeen American News
"'Mistakes' is like a double helping of strawberry cheesecake---sweet and excessive enough for a child, but better appreciated by adults." The Sun Chronicle
"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." Performing Songwriter
"If you're a parent---or even a dog owner---you'll be howling with laughter." Mothering Magazine