Monday, April 27, 2020

Rush bassist Geddy Lee among Canadians featured on COVID-19 charity cover

Rush bassist Geddy Lee is featured as a part of an all-star cast of Canadian musicians on a cover of the Bill Withers classic, “Lean On Me”, in support of the Canadian Red Cross response to COVID-19 in Canada.

Produced by Jon Levine, the recording and companion video also includes Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé and Sarah McLachlan, among others, under the collective banner ArtistsCAN.

"When I heard of Bill Withers's passing,” explains singer Tyler Shaw, “I was listening to all his legendary music and I really dove into the lyrics of 'Lean On Me', a song I've heard hundreds of times, but now in this current climate, the lyrics seem more profound than ever. I wanted to cover it; I wanted to help. I called Fefe Dobson, we called more people, and more people. And in a really short time we had this incredible song, with a message I think people need to hear right now, all while raising money for something every single one of us is affected by."

"ArtistsCAN is true artist-to-artist connection,"
adds Dobson. "We've come together to help how we can. We know there a lot of people who are struggling, who have lost their jobs, who can't financially contribute. So this is a way to help because by just streaming the song, or watching the video, the proceeds go directly to the Canadian Red Cross to help fight this virus."

The accompanying video for the single kicked off the charitable endeavor with the premiere of the song on Sunday evening's historic national, multi-broadcaster event "Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble."

All proceeds of the ArtistsCAN single are donated to the Canadian Red Cross to help fight COVID-19 in Canada. Canadians can contribute to the initiative by simply streaming the song, viewing the official music video, or downloading the single.

To make a monetary contribution, just text LEANONME to 20222 (standard text messaging rates apply) or go to

Lee and Rush will release multiple 40th-anniversary editions of their seventh studio album, “Permanent Waves”, on May 29.

(in alphabetical order by first letter)

Avril Lavigne
Bad Child
Bryan Adams
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Command Sisters
Dan Kanter
Donovan Woods
Fefe Dobson
Geddy Lee
Jann Arden
Johnny Orlando
Josh Ramsay
Jules Halpern
Justin Bieber
Michael Bublé
Olivia Lunny
Ryland James
Sarah McLachlan
Scott Helman
Serena Ryder
Shawn Hook
The Tenors
Tyler Shaw
Walk Off The Earth

See also:

Rush announce Permanent Waves 40th anniversary reissues
Rush: Neil Peart hometown tribute event announced
Rush thank fans for support following death of drummer Neil Peart
Rush music surges following death of drummer Neil Peart
Search Rush at hennemusic