“Grandma’s Hands” is a timeless, universal song originally featured on Bill Withers’ 1971 album Just as I Am. With soulful lyrics, the song captures the significant impact that Withers’ grandmother had on his life as a child.

Now, multiple award-winning artist R. Gregory Christie has brought the iconic song to life through vibrant illustrations, painting a tender portrait of Withers’ grandmother. Through the illustrations, readers are transported back in time to experience the comfort, security, and unconditional love that he found in his grandmother’s hands. A heartwarming tribute to the enduring bond between grandmothers and their grandchildren, Grandma’s Hands represents how the simple acts of care and affection during childhood can leave an indelible mark for a lifetime.

Withers’ wife and daughter, Marcia and Kori Withers, joined us in the Gumbo Kitchen to tell us more.