John Lee Sanders

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and Emmy nominated composer, John Lee Sanders comes from the deep roots of jazz, blues and roots music through his early years in the Mississippi Delta, Alabama, the Bayous of Louisiana, and The plains of Texas. John Lee has a universal gift to reach audiences from a broad and diverse musical spectrum.

With blues at the core, he has evolved a complex musical gumbo, with the flavors of Cajun, Rock, Gospel, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Country, classical, with a deep love of the traditions, and culture of New Orleans.

He Comes from a four generation Memphis musical family with ties to WC Handy, father of the blues. Grandmother played piano in the silent movie era,
His aunt lived only a few doors down from Elvis Presley, and a young Aretha Franklin was born 4 blocks from his Grandmother's house in Memphis,
He spent his formative teen years in Birmingham, Ala, ground Zero of the American civil rights movement, Birmingham concert promoters in the early 60s billed 13 year old “Little John” as Birmingham’s answer to “Little Stevie Wonder”, where his family's music, and many southern heroes like the
Muscle Shoals Rhythm section helped break down the walls of segregation, with blues, soul, R&B Jazz, with black and white musicians and audiences grooving to the same sounds.

His songs have WC Handy Blues Award Nominations, 3 BC Interior Music Awards, and a 2004 #9 Blues charted hit. His childhood encounters with the likes of Elvis Presley and Dr. Martin Luther King are part of the landscape that influenced this gifted performer and composer.