Singer back home for Poway concert on Saturday
By Emily Sorensen
A Powegian is coming home to perform.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Sanders will be performing 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Poway Library, as part of the San Diego County Library’s award-winning Acoustic Showcase concert series.
Born and raised in Poway, Sanders is eager to return to her musical roots. “I’m pretty excited about [the concert],” said Sanders.
Sanders, who started performing in the ‘90s, describes her music as “Americana,” meaning it is a mix of all kinds of American music, including elements of blues, jazz, folk and country. “People didn’t know what to call our kind of music,” said Sanders, “but now there’s a big Americana movement.”
No stranger to the stage, Sanders has worked with a number of big-name artists, including B.B. King, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, Al Green, Sarah McLachlan, Sade, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Sophie B. Hawkins, Stevie Nicks, Sting, Gillian Welch, Loudin Wainright, Joe Ely and Bonnie Raitt. She has also released six full-length albums, the most recent being 2010’s “Raw The Sven Recordings.”
A love of music was instilled into Sanders at a young age. “My parents had all kinds of music in the house, from country to Ray Charles, to Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong,” said Sanders. Sanders’ first love was folk music, “My favorite folk group was Crosby, Stills and Nash,” said Sanders. “I grew up mostly on folk music, and before that was Motown.”
Later on, Sanders said she got into jazz, and in the last 10 years, blues. “I opened for B.B. King five times before I understood where the blues came from,” said Sanders. While on tour with Lucinda Williams, Sanders said Williams put her in a room for three days, gave her a “Ladies of the Blues” CD and said “Lisa, you need to learn about your roots.” Listening to the album made Sanders cry, she said. “It just got in my bones and innately came out of me,” said Sanders.
Sanders attributes a lot of her love of music to her time growing up in Poway. “I was shaped by living in Poway,” said Sanders, who attended Poway High School and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. “[My friends and I] used to run around the Poway hills, make bonfires and play John Denver songs.”
Sanders, who will also be performing at the Encinitas Library this month, said she was excited to be playing at the Poway Library. “Every time I get to play in Poway, I’m jazzed,” said Sanders. “I love [playing at libraries]. I get to talk to people there, people ask questions.”
Despite her success, Sanders hasn’t forgotten her hometown pride. “Everyone knows I’m really proud to be from Poway,” said Sanders, who said she used to announce onstage that she was from Poway. “Musically, it was a profound place for me.”
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