John Lee Sanders

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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.
John received a degree in classical and jazz composition from the University of North Texas, was a member of the
North Texas University Lab Band, and finished his degree program at University of Louisiana.
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He Comes from a gifted Memphis musical family with ties to WC Handy, father of the blues. His aunt lived only a few doors down from Elvis Presley, and a young 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. Birmingham concert promoters in the early 60s billed 13 year old “Little John” as Birmingham’s answer to “Little Stevie Wonder”
His song, "Foreclose on the House of Love" received an international Blues Award Nomination, 3 BC Interior Music Awards, and a 2004 #9 Blues charted hit, still getting airplay on Sirius BB King’s Bluesville Station

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, Bonnie Raitt, Freddie King, Tower of Power, and many more. His songs have been recorded by Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Marsha Ball, who received a Grammy nomination, for blues CD of the year, with the hit single from Sanders. He is a 2012 Canadian Maple Blues award nominee for Piano Player of the Year!

The Year 2012-13, John Lee played some of the most impressive venues in North America, opening act for Bonnie Raitt’s Western Canada tour, where she told the crowd in
Vancouver, "John Lee is one of my musical heroes, a quadruple threat, Louisiana's loss is Canada's gain". He recently performed with Bonnie at the Vienna State Opera House in Vienna Austria.
Now Performing on the Alabama Gulf Coast, one of the top entertainers in the Southeast
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John Lee was possibly one of the first musicians in History, to perform on a 2 month legendary voyage through the Canadian Northwest Passage, from Alaska to Greenland.