John Lee Sanders

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World Blue Audio Studio/Production/ History

With a recording career that spans over 3 decades, John Lee Sanders has worked as on countless recordings as a producer, arranger, Session player and vocalist. Using his skills as a visual artist, He has even worked on the finished product as a graphic designer.

He did his first recording session in Birmingham, Alabama at
Boutwell Studios, in 1964, live to 2 track stereo, at age 12, in a session produced by his older Brother Chip Sanders, singing lead with the Ramblers.
During his years in Silicon Valley, CA, he worked with the founders of Pro-tools, in their proto-type in what would become the system that revolutionized digital recording. John Learned production skills from Narada Michael Walden, who took John under his wing in pre-production, and writing sessions Narada went on to produce some of the biggest selling recordings of the 20th century, with Whitney Houston, Mariah Cary, and Aretha Franklin.

As a composer/ producer, his songs have appeared on Grammy and Emmy nominated recordings, and brings this level of production to World Blue Audio. He self produced CD, "Bucket Full of Blues" just won 2 British Columbia Music Awards for Blues Recording of the year, and also Soul/R&B recording of the year for 2009. It was also nominated for a 2009 Western Canada Music Award, for Blues Recording of the Year.

Since moving to the British Columbia Okanagan, he has built a new recording studio in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, overlooking the lakes, vinyards and orchards of this pristine valley.

With an incredible library of virtual sounds and real instruments, John is able to do a complete Album quality production for Singers, Songwriters and multi-media clients. With a high speed internet connection, he has done tracks for major releases worldwide from his studio in BC.

John Lee recorded all of the lead and background vocals for the CD,
"Doc Goes Hollywood" at his studio in British Columbia. The tracks were then sent by internet to Al Schmitt, for mixdown. Al is a 15 time Grammy winning engineer, on 150 Gold and Platinum CDs, including Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra. On Doc Goes Hollywood, John was produced and arranged by Tower of Power founding member Doc Kupka, and Hollywood Maestro, William Ross, Arranger/Composer/Producer for David Foster, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, and the 2007 Academy Awards.

Film and Television Soundtracks

The Bold and The Beautiful
(Emmy Nomination for Song of the Year)
The Berenstain Bears, Phillips Polygram, CDI
Eastern Media Group,
PBS, KQED San Francisco (When the Bay Quakes
Serpent Warriors, Feature Film Release, Starring Eartha Kitt and Clint Walker
Mob Busters, Feature Film Release, Starring Richard Kiel
CBS Television
Hey Hey it's Saturday, Melbourne Australia
Ohne Filter, WDR, Germany, Germany's top live music show
DVD Release, Cale Guy, Director, with Peter Coyote, Naration

Commercials and Corporate Clients

Pasted Graphic
Apple Computer
Sun Microsystems
AIX Records
Riva Records
Highland Records
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Splash Zone Exhibit
Tony Robbins
The Oakland A's
Sirius Radio
US Geological Survey
Sierra Club
Legends in Concert
Elvis Presley Enterprises
Miss Louisiana Pageant
Cale Guy, Film Director
Dave Goelz, (Gonzo of the Muppets)
Memphis Maid of Cotton Pageant
Alligator Records
Windham Hill Records
BMG Records
NARAS (The Grammy Organization)
CARAS (The Juno Awards)
CBC Radio 2, Canada Live, Live concert in Vancouver
BBC, Long John Baldry Radio Show, Music Producer
ASCAP, The Writer, the Singer, the Song, Washington DC Library of Congress
Blue Rockit Records
U.S Geological Survey, "Desert Under Siege" Documentary shown on PBS

Producers John has worked with

As a recording artist, session player, and producer on Emmy and Grammy nominated recordings,
John has worked with some of the great producers, engineers and artists, and has learned first
hand in the studio in countless recordings since the 1960s.

On major releases, demos, and songwriting sessions he has worked with

Narada Michael Walden (Aretha Franklin, Mariah Cary, Whitney Houston)

Al Schmitt (winner of 18 Grammys, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke)

Mike Stoller (of Lieber and Stoller) (Elvis Presley, The Drifters, the Coasters)

William Ross, (Barbara Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban)

Doc Kupka (Tower of Power)

Jimmy Horowitz (Rod Stewart)

Peter Gotcher and Evan Brooks, (founders of Digidesign/Protools Recording Systems)

Chris Caswell (my co-writer and producer on CDs, Soundtracks and live shows over 20 years)

Stu Goldberg, Film Composer, Producer, Jazz Concert Pianist

Bruce Kaphan

Paul Williams, Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Composer, film scores, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Chairman of ASCAP

Audio Examples

Studio Equipment

New equipment is being added within the next few weeks for mixing and Mastering
Equipment to date

Apple G5 Dual 1.8 OS X
Motu Digital Performer
Antares Auto-tune
Waves IR-Reverb
Various Digital plugins, compressors etc.

Virtual Instruments

Eastwest Quantum Leap Symphony Orchestra Gold
Native Instruments B4 Hammond Organ
Native Instruments Electric Piano
Native Instruments Akoustik Piano
Native Instruments Kontakt Sampler
Large library of electronic and acoustic samples, drum loops, and vocal sounds


Neumann, AKG, Shure, CAD, Audix
Fender Strats, Telecasters, Cort, Epiphone, Peavey


Yamaha S90, Roland XP30

Audio Processing

Motu 828 MKII
Universal Audio Tube preamp/compressor


Tenor, Alto and Soprano Sax, flute, Irish Pennywhistles


Email for rates and availability
250 448-0902


Coming soon

Solo CDs

Poetic Justice, 1991, Independent, John Sings the music of Chris Caswell
World Blue, 1995, Hypertension/ BMG Records
It's All Blues To Me, 1999, Independent, (Nomination, Blues song of the year, 2004
Mozart Rhythm & Romance,1999, Raw Records
Beacon of Light, 2001, Independent
Live At Rock Beach, 2006, Independent
Doc Goes Hollywood, 2007, Western Canada Music Award Nomination
Bucket Full of Blues, 2008, PAO Records

Credits as a Session player

Tower of Power, Oakland Zone, Bay Area Music Award, (Arranger, Background Vocals)
Strokeland Records, Kick it up a Step, Strokeland Superband (Lead Vocals)
Glenn Walters, King of the Retro Cool, (Background Vocals)
Strokeland Superband, Bumped Up To First Class (lead vocals)
Angela Strehli, Blue Highway, pre-production, Piano, Organ, Saxophone, Background Vocals
John Lee Hooker, Chill Out, Grammy Winner, 1996, Blues Album of the Year
John Lee Hooker, Jealous, Grammy Nomination, Blues Album of the Year
Marcia Ball, So Many Rivers, (writer) 2004, Grammy nomination, Blues Album of the Year
Chris Cain, Cain Does King
Ford Brothers Blues Band, Bloomfield
Ford Brothers Blues Band, Paul Butterfield
Paul Williams, Love Wants to Dance, Live in Japan
The Voodoo Haints, Featured Vocalist, Saxophone Piano
Long John Baldry, Leadbelly
Long John Baldry, Silent Treatment
Long John Baldry, On Stage Tonight
Long John Baldry, The Canadian Years
Linda Arnold, Arranger, Producer, Session Player, Peppermint Wings
Linda Arnold, Arranger, Producer, Session Player,Rainbow Palace
Linda Arnold, Splash Zone, (Grammy Nomination, Best Children's Recording)
David Raitt & Jimmy Thackery, Horn Arranger

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John Lee Sanders, Blues Jazz gospel pop music artist based in Canada with musical roots in Lousiana, the Mississippi Delta and the San Francisco Bay Area.