Shannon Sanders is what one would describe as a “super-producer”. He already has achieved successes such as Grammys, Emmys and a Dove award. His discography is full of names like India.Arie, Jonny Lang, John Legend, and Robert Randolph, just to name a few. Not only a talented musician but Sanders is a powerhouse vocalist. He is the founder and program director of Nashville Scene’s “2018 Best Soul Radio Station” 102.1 FM THE VILLE, a National Trustee of the Recording Academy, and much, much more! As of lately, Sanders is partnering with Blue Rose Music, an artist collective, to release a series of anthemic singles in 2019. And here with his latest “Fight On”.
Talk about powerhouse! Everything about this single screams power, faith and the good old fight. There really is a rhythmic anthem feel in this song. The heavy clap beats and strong piano gives it all the necessary keys to a motivational single. What really pulls this together is the choir. Their presence seems like it’s only few and far between but if you really listen in they have a hum in the background throughout the entire song. AMAZING! This guy really embodies this powerful song and the passion to truly fight on!
Listen to "Fight On" here, and learn more about Shannon in our interview below!
Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
If you were to ask people to describe Shannon Sanders, words like “super-producer” are mentioned. He already has GRAMMYs (2), Emmys (2) and Dove (1) award under his belt. His discography is full of names like India.Arie, Jonny Lang, John Legend, Robert Randolph, just to name a few. A gifted musician, he serves as musical director of India.Arie. On top of all of that, SANDERS is a powerhouse vocalist. Sanders is he the founder and program director of Nashville Scene’s “2018 Best Soul Radio Station” 102.1 FM THE VILLE, a National Trustee of the Recording Academy, a city commissioner for the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, a board member of the Nashville Ballet, and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inc. He was one of the music industry leaders selected for the Leadership Music Class of 2017. Sanders is partnering with Blue Rose Music to release a series of anthemic singles in 2019. Blue Rose Music is an artist collective founded by tech entrepreneur and philanthropist, Joe Poletto, that assists in the business and creative development of select musicians and projects.
What inspired you to become apart of music?
Music became a part of me. Music is my first language. As far back as i can remember, music has always made sense to me. I was 15 when the first record I produced was commercially released. It was a local phenomenon. I was immediately hooked on the process of creating music and delivering it to the listeners.
Who has been one of your favorite artists to work with and why?
I’ve had the honor of working with so many talented artists. But I would have to say India.Arie. She is so creative-from her pen to her perspectives on mixes. I always walk away receiving as much as I give to her projects.
I noticed you really live by this single and hashtag “Fight On”. What is the backstory behind it?
Fight On is a call to action. It does not suggest that you start a fight, it inspires us to continue a fight. There are times that we become discouraged. Even while working on things we are truly passionate about. Fight On is a reminder to stick to your guns and continue to fight for what you believe is right or real.
If you could share some encouraging words for others hoping to fight on?
For those who need encouragement to Fight On, first, be clear about what you’re fighting for. It is important to research the paths of those who have fallen before us there’s a lot that we can learn from people who have done or attempted to do what we’re doing. Build a solid support system. Surround yourself with people who support you in your fight. Who don’t mind locking arms and fighting with you. Find two sources of inspiration, and hold on to them for dear life.
What is next for you?
There are still lots of things I want to accomplish in my life and career. The great drummer of the universe knows my heart. I will continue to follow the drum, wherever it lead me.
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