Meet Jesse Ruben. The Philly born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter first made waves with his inspirational anthem "We Can." The triumphant tune enabled him to travel to schools across North America with "The We Can Project," a program designed to help children believe they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
Unfortunately, not long after the project took flight, Ruben fell ill, and was later diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Despite the debilitating illness taking an immense toll on his day-to-day life and creativity, Ruben bounced back after two years on the sidelines. The first thing he penned? The emotive track "This Is Why I Need You," for his longtime girlfriend.
"She was still here, this incredible person, even though there were times I begged her to go. And in that moment, I was so grateful for her, and for the first time in so long, I picked up my guitar, and wrote that song," Ruben tells Billboard. "'This Is Why I Need You' is about a lot of things. It's about how big and scary the world can be. It's about growing up and it's about gratitude, and the people who help you get through the stuff that feels impossible. But for me it is more than that - it's a reminder that I'm still a songwriter."