Jamie Foxx Pays Tribute to Late Bill Withers with Soulful Cover

Jamie Foxx shows off his impressive vocals!

Tuesday on Instagram, the “Django Unchained” actor wowed social media by covering Bill Withers’ 1971 song “Grandma’s Hands.”

“#billwithers #music #acapella #beardgame just a vibe,” the former star of “The Jamie Foxx Show” captioned the video, which showed off his quarantine beard.

In addition to winning a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in “Ray,” Foxx is also a talented musician who has released five studio albums throughout his career.

In 2010, Foxx took home a Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Grammy Award for his song “Blame It” with T-Pain.

On March 30, Withers — also known for hits such as “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” — passed away in Tarzana, California, at age 81.

Per his death certificate issued April 20, the legendary singer’s immediate cause of death was listed as a cardiopulmonary arrest, while his underlying causes of death were listed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs, and bradyarrhythmia, a slower-than-expected heart rate.

Days after his passing, Withers’ family released a statement to The Associated Press, saying they were “devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father.”

“A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” they wrote. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

Withers is survived by his wife, Marcia, and his children, Todd and Kori.


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