The Songwriters Hall of Fame recently announce that a Bill Withers Scholarship will now be included in its scholarship program. The scholarships are presented prior to the SHOF’s June 16th Annual Induction & Awards Gala being held in New York City.
“Bill always referred to himself as a ‘word snob.’ He loved language and he loved storytelling. It was evident in his ability to articulate complex emotions and perspectives in a simple way that could be universally understood. Sting once said that the ‘hardest thing in songwriting is to be simple and yet profound’ and Bill did that very well,” says Marcia Withers in talking about her iconic late husband’s songwriting.
“I feel so blessed to have been able to witness his gifts up close for so many years. He was a solitary songwriter who spent so much time in his head before putting pen to paper. He was a discerning listener who would appreciate the words of his fellow songwriters who had coined a unique phrase,” she continued.
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Source: Songwriters Hall of Fame