John Lee Sanders can sit in front of a piano and bring the smoke from a Texas BBQ, A New Orleans Street Parade, and the Soul of the Mississippi Delta, all in one set. He's a 2007 Emmy nominated Composer Winner of three 2009 Canadian Music Awards.
John Lee was nominated for Piano/Keyboard player of the year, 2012, in the Maple Blues Awards, hosted by the Toronto Blues Society. www.mapleblues.ca . Some of the highlights of 2012, in May, I was a guest and backing performer at the 4th annual "We Write The Songs Concert, in Washington DC, at the Library of Congress. Multi-instrumentalist, John Lee performed on Tenor Sax, Electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, and vocals, backing a diverse group of platinum level songwriting superstars, from Motown, Broadway, 80s mega-pop, and Nashville Gold. I've done this concert 3 times now, and each time has been a joy and a challenge. I've worked with some of the songwriters who have written the soundtrack of our lives, In rehearsal, hotels, and after show reception, was such a wonderful experience, to interact with all of these great composers, in the library that celebrates greatness of American Culture and enlightenment throughout the world. the 2012 show, featured. Stephen Schwartz, Wicked, Godspell, Pocahantas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, to name a few. Stephen performed Day By Day, the hit song from Godspell, from his Broadway show, which he wrote in his early 20s.
Valerie Simpson, who had just lost her husband Nick Ashford, to throat cancer, which I am a grateful survivor. (Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing) Terri Nunn, Lead singer of Berlin (Take My Breath Away) I did my first Arena Rock Guitar Solo, for members of the House of Representatives of all places! Irving Burgie, the 88 year old composer of the first certified platinum record of American history, Ray Parker Jr., one of my favorite R&B guitarists, writers, and performers. who had many great R&B hits, performed all the guitar parts on Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book", and co-wrote his first hit with Chaka Kahn, "You Got the Love" He is best known, and performed his mega hit "Ghostbusters". Chris Stapleton, who had one of the biggest hits of 2011, "If it Hadn't Been For Love" covered by Adelle.
His 2004 blues hit, Foreclose on the house of love recieved a Blues Music Award in Memphis for song of the year
His songs, voice and film scores have been heard on CBC Radio-Canada Live, Network Television, Commercials for giants of industry such as Apple Computer, Nissan & Wal-Mart. Now headlining blues and Jazz festivals across Europe and Canada, his music is crossing over into mainstream pop culture.
The European Press has credited John Lee for bringing the blues into the 21st Century with it's deep lyric content, and fusing the best in Pop, Jazz, Country, Gospel, New Orleans Street Rhythms, Funk, Soul and Rhythm & Blues.
He's shared the stage with such music giants as Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Page, Starship, Chuck Berry, Dr. John, The Meters, Willie Nelson, Tower of Power, Jimmy Witherspoon, and a host of pop, jazz, blues and country legends.