Justin Bieber, Bryan Adams and Rush’s Geddy Lee are among 25 Canadian artists who – under the group name ArtistsCAN – have recorded all-star charity cover of soul legend Bill Withers’ seminal song ‘Lean On Me’.
The ArtistsCAN version of ‘Lean On Me’ is available now via all digital retail platforms and you can check it out below.
The single, produced by Jon Levine, also includes Avril Lavigne, Jann Arden, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Johnny Orlando and Walk Off The Earth, under the collective banner ArtistsCAN. The initiative, led by artists Tyler Shaw and Fefe Dobson, will see all proceeds support the Canadian Red Cross response to COVID-19 in Canada.
The official music video for the charity single debuted Sunday night towards the end of the multi-channel TV special ‘Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble’, which saw Canadian artists, activists, actors and athletes sharing their stories of hope and inspiration in a national salute to frontline workers combatting the disease.
The unprecedented event, in support of Food Banks Canada, became the biggest multi-platform broadcast in Canadian history, with 15 broadcasting groups led by Bell Media, CBC/Radio-Canada, Corus Entertainment, Groupe V Média and Rogers Sports & Media presenting the star-studded show on hundreds of TV, radio, streaming, and on demand platforms.
Conceived and produced in an unprecedented collaboration between Insight Productions, Bell Media Studios and CBC/Radio-Canada, ‘Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble’ is presented in part through the support of Made | Nous, the national, consumer-focused, industry-wide movement recognizing and celebrating creative Canadian talent.
Canadians who are able were invited to donate to Food Banks Canada in association with the broadcast to support local food banks from coast-to-coast-to-coast as they face the drastic impacts of COVID-19.
As uDiscover Music recently reported, ‘Lean On Me’ composer and Soul legend Bill Withers – also famed for penning timeless songs ‘Lovely Day’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ – died on 30 March at the age of 81.