"Lean on Me" by Bill Withers covered by the following singers in order to raise funds for COVID-19:
Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Bryan Adams,Sarah McLachlan, Bad Child, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Command Sisters, Dan Kanter, Desiire,Donovan Woods, Fefe Dobson, Geddy Lee, Jann Arden, Johnny Orlando, Josh Ramsay, Jules Halpern, Marie-Mai, Olivia Lunny, Ryland James, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook, TIKA, The Tenors, Tyler Shaw, Walk Off The Earth
Also feautured in the video is Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
The Canadian artists who make up ArtistsCAN were assembled by singers Tyler Shaw and Fefe Dobson.
The idea to record “Lean On Me” as a charity single was sparked earlier this month when Shaw read about the death of Bill Withers, who wrote, produced and performed the song in 1972.
“I was on the internet going through all his accomplishments and his musical legacy,” he recalled. The lyrics struck a chord.
“This is the perfect message for what the world needs to hear right now, dealing with COVID-19 – not to mention the stuff that happened in Nova Scotia a few days ago,” said Shaw. “Such a unifying message for what the world is going through.”
But, Shaw said, he wanted to do more than simply cover the song. “I wanted it to be a collaborative experience.” He reached out to Dobson, who loved the idea of bringing the homegrown music community together.
“We started reaching out to different Canadian artists and it went way further than we thought it would ever go,” admitted Shaw. “We had certain people in mind and we got 99 percent of those people that we wanted."