Songwriter, Film Composer, Producer and performer John Lee Sanders has worked with some of the biggest legends of the last 50 years, including Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Starship, Bill Withers, Chuck Berry, Randy Newman, Freddie King ,Tower of Power, Donald Fagen, and, Bonnie Raitt who called him a "Triple Threat" on Vocals, Piano, & Saxophone, and one of her musical heroes.

He began as a performer, with his early roots growing up between Memphis, Jackson Mississippi, Birmingham, and Monroe Louisiana, on through being signed to a major production deal, being nominated for an Emmy and right up to the release of his latest album Tweaking Some Twang. While comfortable playing in all styles, John's musical roots are very much born out of the intersection of blues, jazz, country and soul, his latest release, Tweakin some Twang is a seamless fusion of all of those styles.
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  • “If you like New Orleans funk with a goodly helping of blues, Thie CD, Bucket Full of Blues, is for you.”
    Maple Blues Magazine, Toronto Blues Society
  • John Lee Sanders’ blues are …. a resurrection of the human spirit, a projection of hard-earned hope and a declaration of extravagant love
    David Ritz , Best selling Music Biographer” Ray Charles • Marvin Gaye • BB King • Aretha Franklin
  • “John, You’re A Treasure”
    Huey Lewis
  • “A Triple Threat!, One of My Musical Heroes!”
    Bonnie Raitt
  • " A listening joy from the first number to the last. Not Only a first rate singer/songwriter, but also a pianist, saxophonist and overall, a specialist for all that is sophisticated musicianship and entertainment." - Jazzeit Magazine, Vienna Austria.
    - Jazzeit Magazine, Vienna Austria.
  • John instantly brought all the smooth smoky feelings of a Memphis jazz bar to the stage and turned classic Christmas music into something completely new. Be prepared to be Blown Away!
    Vancouver Weekley
  • He is comparable with Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Ivan Neville. The standing room crowd followed John Lee unconditionally, deep into the humid swampy back streets of the Crescent City, the world of Mardi Gras, on his journey through the dive bars of Tremé, Uptown, Downtown, Mardi Gras Indians, a soulful mix of Cajun, zydeco, Gospel, funk, blues and swinging Old Time Jazz – improvisational, and tight at the same time. John Lee Sanders is a highly creative artist, a great musician and above all, an outstanding composer. a concert that will go down in the annals. Ingolstadt Blues Festival.
    Donau Kurrier, Ingolstadt Germany

Emmy Nominated Composer •
Arranger • Producer • Performer
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2004 Blues Award Nominee Song of the Year

German Music Critics Award 2015
Blues Album of the Year

San Francisco Drama Critics Award

Multi Instrumentalist

Piano Saxophone Vocalist

Songwriter Producer Performer
His songs have been recorded by Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, and Marsha Ball, who received a Grammy nomination, for blues CD of the year, with the hit single from Sanders.
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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.
John Lee has shared the stage, opened for, recorded or toured with some of the legends last 50 years, including Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, , Starship, Bill Withers, Chuck Berry,Randy Newman ,Bonnie Raitt, Freddie King ,Tower of Power, and many more.