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CA$ 7,064 pledged of CA$ 12,000 goal
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By John Lee Sanders
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About this project

Help me fund my new CD, with your generous support on my first solo studio recording since 2009.

HOW TO HELP OUT EVEN IF YOU CAN'T DONATE:

Even if you can't donate right now, you can still help out and get involved. The #1 best thing you can do is TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Share the link on your Facebook and Twitter. And while you're there, Check out my music on iTunes, Youtube, and I believe we can reach our goal. 

"Sanders shook the house ....rocked the keys as well as the saxophone, much to the delight of the crowd."  Vancouver Sun

"One of my Musical Heroes, A triple Threat"  Bonnie Raitt

"Sanders has some 9 CDs in his solo discography but news of that treasure trove has been slow to trickle east. This disc could change that. If you like New Orleans funk with a goodly helping of blues, this one’s for you. "  Maple Blues Magazine, Toronto

 "blew me away. It brought such a strong amount of energy and style that I was hooked in completely for the rest of the show. From start to finish, John Lee Sanders led this show and you couldn’t help but love the guy. This is a true music lover’s musician; a man who has played with everyone, can play any instrument, and leads the night so casually and without arrogance that you feel like you’re listening to an old friend."   Vancouver Weekly

"Spectacular, Tremendous"  Huey Lewis

"Really Great Work, John, Bravo!"   William Ross, Music director Academy Awards 2007-2013

I've set a $12,000 goal, within 2 months, you can help fund this project with just $1.00, or become a big donor and get a reward, A house concert or other great incentives.

Special Guests on the CD

Just Heard from Leland Sklar, legendary bass player, who will be adding some tracks,  (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Jackson Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, and 100s of platinum recordings.)

Amos Garrett, Guitar,  who Jimmy Page stated as one of his favorite Guitarists.  He is best known for his guitar solo on Maria Muldaur's recording "Midnight at the Oasis", who Stevie Wonder claimed as his favourite guitar solos of all time.  

Just heard back from Mike Finnegan, an amazing singer, and Hammond Organist, who I met doing some shows with Bonnie Raitt, He'll be doing some B3 on some of the Gospel flavoured songs on the sessions.  he's played with Joe Cocker, CSN, Jimi Hendrix, Taj Mahal, Etta James, and is one of the best there is

Vancouver Good Noise Gospel Choir

 

I've recorded 11 solo Cds since 1995, in various genres, Blues, Funk, New Orleans R&B, Classical Crossover, and Gospel. some were funded by record companies, some I financed myself, but this one will be funded by you, my friends, fans, and those of you who see something in my music that touches your heart and soul. 

Big Dreams started with the King

It was a hot August day in Memphis, 1956, a day I'll never forget.  I had just come up from the Mississippi Delta, to visit Grandma, and My Aunt Eleanor.  The neighborhood was a buzz....A 21 year old Elvis Presley had just bought his first home a few doors down from my Aunt and Uncle, and my brothers and I had come down to pay our respects.

John Lee Sanders, Vernon Presley, Memphis 1956
John Lee Sanders, Vernon Presley, Memphis 1956

I moved from Jackson Mississippi to Birmingham Alabama in 1960, met Martin Luther King at age 12, during the height of the freedom movement.   I started my music career around the same time, singing with my brother Chip, in a great local band called the Ramblers.  They drove 2 hours north to Muscle Shoals Alabama to do a recording session, in a small studio where we found that some of the greatest soul music of this era was being recorded, (Aretha, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Rolling Stones,).  The sound of the south is such an integral part of my music, and with your support, I can complete this project, on a large scale,  If we dream it, they will come.  

My Recent 2013 European Tour, Festival Lent, Maribor Slovenia

My New CD, 

A Back Porch Philharmonic        (working title)

It has elements of the blues, and raw downhome back porch country.    It was such a part of my musical history, growing up in this time and place.  The blues and country were so intertwined in our lives, like branches from the same tree. In the 90s, the Americana format radio format evolved, as a reaction to the slick polished sounds of Nashville and American pop, and I'm happy we now have a genre that fits artists like myself with such a broad range of influences.  

Hard times Comin' Down Hard

In 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 3 oral cancer.  I was touring the world, had just won 3 Canadian music awards from my last studio recording "Bucket Full of Blues", had a tour booked of major Canadian Performing art centers, and music festivals.  The doctors told me my voice would never come back, and to prepare for a year or more of recovery. I went through Chemo, and 7 weeks of radiation, sold my home, studio, moved into a 29 foot RV, and   didn't work for almost 2 years.  The prayers of so many friends, fans and people I didn't know,  my faith in the power of the most high pulled me through.  My voice and health slowly came back, and I can gratefully say, I'm 2 years cancer free, with my voice at 100%.  

A Big Break after an uphill climb

One of my favourite artists, and supporter of my music,  Bonnie Raitt, offered me the opening act on some shows of her 2012 Slipstream Tour. 

Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Sanders backstage after a sold out show in Calgary,  one fan wrote "I either need to get old real quick or be strapped in tight, cuz cousin the bayou was calling with John Lee Sanders. There was petrol and the match was lit !
Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Sanders backstage after a sold out show in Calgary, one fan wrote "I either need to get old real quick or be strapped in tight, cuz cousin the bayou was calling with John Lee Sanders. There was petrol and the match was lit !

I've performed everywhere from Louisiana Juke Joints, the Library of Congress, for Nancy Pelosi, and the House of Representatives, to the Vienna Opera House in July 2013 with Bonnie Raitt.  With legends like Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page, Bill Withers, Tower of Power, Freddie King, and so many more.  

In 1979, I signed my first record deal with Rod Stewart's Riva Records,

Rod Stewart, John Lee Sanders
Rod Stewart, John Lee Sanders

through that connection with Rod and Company, I landed the former gig of Elton John, as the long time piano sax man with Long John Baldry, father of British Blues, the man who launched the careers of superstars like Elton, Rod Stewart, and later John Lee Sanders

Long John Baldry and Paul McCartney, Liverpool, early 1960s
Long John Baldry and Paul McCartney, Liverpool, early 1960s

. in 1980, I signed a production contract with Narada Michael Walden, the most successful producer of the 80s and 90s, where I learned record production.  (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha)

Breaking the Ice: From Alaska to Greenland

In 2012, I was invited to become one of the first musicians in history, to Sail the Northwest Passage, and perform aboard "The World Residensea", the largest privately owned residence cruise ship on the planet.

Northwest Passage voyage, 2012
Northwest Passage voyage, 2012

 We made an historic voyage through the Canadian Northwest Passage, where I saw first hand the effects of Global Climate Change.  and the melting of the polar ice caps. 

 The challenges of the last 2 years have given me a renewal of strength.  I hope my story will inspire you to overcome any challenges you have personally.  My passion for music, writing, performing, and my faith in the healing power of the most high, has restored my soul and body.  I thank you for your support, no matter how small or generous.  

On my last CD, "Bucket Full of blues" I asked my old friend, and co-writer, David Ritz to write the liner notes.  He's co-written major best selling Autobiographies with my favorite artists, BB King, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye.  Here's an excerpt of his brilliant words:  

"Here’s what I love about John Lee Sanders:
His voice. Raw. Real. Sweet. Tart. An instrument of tremendous emotional and spiritual range.
His writing. His hooks. His stories. His sense, as he puts it, of “The World As I Know It.” His deep Louisiana roots. His powerful connection to the fertile soil. His grit,
 his grooves. His honesty.  His haunting cry,             his courageous assault on anything false.

“I’ve never claimed to be something I’m not,” he writes in “Handful. “I’ve got my flaws, but my heart is good.”
His music, his singing, his aesthetic vision are more than good; they’re flat-out great.

At this troubling moment in the history of the Music Nation, John Lee Sanders stands tall. He’s major.                                                                In his own words, he’s hitched a ride from Memphis, dealing with the ghosts of Highway 61, arriving in New Orleans in order to comfort us with the good news: that true music is truer than ever. His songs, full-bodied and blood-washed, are rooted in reality. He reminds us that blues are concerned with neither nostalgia nor self-pity. John Lee Sanders’ blues are about nothing less a renewal of strength, a resurrection of the human spirit, a projection of hard-earned hope and a declaration of extravagant love."

The Flood, 

I'm writing the majority of songs on the CD, but "The Flood" one that is close to me is from my long time friend, Legendary songwriter Paul Williams, Grammy, Oscar, & Golden Globe winner, and president of ASCAP.

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  I was performing with Paul and other great ASCAP writers in Washington DC, for the House of Representatives, in 2010, at the Library of Congress,

  The day after the concert, Paul Williams and Senator Orin Hatch wrote this song in the US Capitol building, the week of the floods in Nashville, where the Grand Ole Opry was underwater.  Extreme weather conditions have affected so many friends over the years in New Orleans, Alberta, Europe, and other parts of the world with climate change.  Paul and Sen. Hatch asked me to produce and sing the demo posted here, but on the CD, the 80 voice Vancouver Good Noise Gospel Choir will be performing with me on the finished recording.  

2010 Grand Ole Opry Underwater
2010 Grand Ole Opry Underwater

 The funds raised here will cover

Studio Costs, recording, Mixing, mastering,  between $500-$1000 per day   Engineer fees, $300 per day

Musician fees,  $400 per day

CD duplication,  

CD release promo party

Additional costs if we exceed our goal

If this CD exceeds it's goal, I would like to include the music of my roots, with studios and musicians from Muscle Shoals, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans.  The music of these historic places will give an authenticity to this project, that puts it in a category of a world class production.  

tour support, travel expense, radio promotion fees, publicists fees

These are cost projections, and sometimes may exceed original expectations, but with my supporting musicians and engineers, I believe we can make a great CD with our proposed  goal.  

With Eternal Gratitude and 7 fold blessings returned to our supporters

Risks and challenges

As a performer/ Artist/ Composer these days, it's become harder to make a living. File sharing has crippled the music industry, with most writers making a fraction from royalties, compared to past times.

I've been a successful session player on the West Coast, on Grammy winning CDs, Emmy nominations, vocals on jingles for companies like Walmart, so record production is something I know well. Getting funding before Kickstarter, meant signing away part of your publishing, and licensing rights. Most artists throughout history have never received the just compensation they deserved, through questionable accounting procedures, or failing to understand the legal fine print. Artists in America have never gotten an artist Royalty from radio.

Regardless of the challenges we face as composers, and artists, I will continue to make music, as long as I am able. Through Kickstarter, and your help, we can continue to make music, and enrich the soul and community of this planet.

I'll be doing a 2 week Christmas Concert tour in December, in Italy and Austria, and will be performing in California in February March. I also have another European tour booked for Summer 2014, a tribute to one of my musical heroes, John Lee Hooker, with the daughter of John Lee Hooker, and other blues greats. We'll be doing more North American dates to promote the CD in the Spring of 2014.
The songs are all complete, demos done in my home studio, studios and musicians are tentatively contracted, but pre-production has already began, and based on funding projections, production will begin when our goal is reached. I will ever be grateful for your support!

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