After recreating Tupac Shakur’s iconic photos last month, Jhené Aiko is paying homage to another one of her inspirations. In honor of soul legend Bill Withers’ 77th birthday, the songbird performed an acoustic medley of Withers’ classics, “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day,” backed by her guitarist Jeff.
Like Tupac, Withers has had a profound impact on the Souled Out singer. “One of the things that inspires me the most about Bill is his attention to lyrics and storytelling,” she wrote in a letter to fans. “It wasn’t about his image, being flashy, or putting on a ‘show.’ For him, it was about the song. No fluff, just pure feeling. It was about connecting. It was about the music. And it is still about the music.”
Watch her tender tribute and read her full letter below: