If John Lee Sanders
doesn't know how to put together a feel-good evening of high energy gospel, rocking blues and classic Christmas songs, no one does.
John Lee is a veteran of the East Bay California Gospel Scene, as Hammond Organist at one of the largest African American Churches in Northern California.
He grew up surrounded by blues and roots music, from a childhood in Memphis, Tenn. (his uncle and aunt lived only a few doors down from Elvis Presley) with Gospel and Soul Queen Aretha Franklin living a mere 4 blocks from his Grandmother's house in Memphis, He spent his formative teen years in Birmingham, Ala, whose great Gospel Quartet traditions later help form the Motown Vocal Sound.
In some 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area, he built a matchless reputation as a west coast session player, working live and in the studio with such greats as Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Huey Lewis, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. He's an Emmy nominated songwriter, and was the Opening act for Bonnie Raitt's Western Canada shows on her 2012 tour, where she told the crowd in Vancouver, "John Lee's one of my musical heroes, a quadruple threat, Louisiana's loss is Canada's gain"
He's travelled to major blues festivals across North America and Europe and became a fixture on the Canadian blues scene replaced Elton John as musical director for the late Long John Baldry in the 1980s.