Niagara Gazette —
As a songwriter, Williams had the connections to take his song to a professional level. The song was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., at JL Productions. It was produced and engineered by well-known producer Jim Lightman, assisted by Jay Buchanan, and was performed by an all-star cast of musicians. Chris Leuzinger played acoustic and electric guitars. Leuzinger is best known for his work on all of Garth Brooks’ albums. Playing the drums is veteran Lee Kelly, who has recorded for Curb Records and has toured with numerous country stars. Jim Lightman played on bass. Lightman has played with many well-known artists over the years.
Longtime session player Billy Justineau provided the piano and organ. An up-and-coming country singer named Matt Dame performed the vocals. Dame has several major labels currently looking at him. Some students from Eakin Elementary School provided the children’s background vocals, donating their time and talents. Rita Black, a music specialist from the schools music department, directed them, and “The Little Bus” became a reality.
On Valentine’s Day 2013, Williams gave the song to his wife as a gift, and she knew, just as he did, that it needed to be shared with others. They talked about how the song could help people open their eyes and hearts, to those who may seem different. The couple decided to sell downloads and CD copies of the song, and give any and all proceeds to some special needs children’s groups. One group is the Miracle Baseball League for special needs kids, and others provide summer camp programs for special needs children. The Williams’ share the same goal. “We hope that the song will help to inspire others to take that first step to say hello and interact with someone with special needs and to realize that inside, they’re no different than anyone else.”