Trombonist Saunders Sermons recalls moving soulfulness of Stevie Wonder and John Legend
(Published: April 28, 2011)
April 28, 2011 (New York, NY) Written by Robert Sutton. Saunders Sermons is currently living the dream of nearly every aspiring blues-rock artist in the world: He is touring with guitar hero Derek Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi.
The irony is that Sermons is neither blues nor rock. Rather, Sermons is a sought-after trombonist; in fact, his impressive skills with the instrument has produced a dazzling if eclectic star-studded resume, appearing on rapper Jay-Z's 2007 single "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..." and R&B singer Fantasia's song "Two Weeks Notice" from her 2006 self-titled Gold record. He's toured with Jay-Z as well. And soul icon Mary J. Blige, too. He is recording with Grammy winning male vocalist Maxwell for his latest album.
Needless to say, Sermons knows fame like the contents of his Rolodex. But who is this gentleman with the celebrity connections? Sermons was born and raised in Miami, Florida. At the age of five, Saunders already started to sing and, by the time he was 11, he discovered the trombone. His talent for both is clearly on display in his full-length debut, Classic Delight.
Minus the legends that hire him for their studio work and live gigs, Sermons can stand on his own as a compelling, creative artist. On Classic Delight, Sermons finds the warm place between classic and smooth jazz.
In "Day Dreaming," Sermons captures the sublime piano balladry of Stevie Wonder while echoing the moving soulfulness of John Legend on "Don't You Understand." Sermons' mastery of the trombone may have given him the most acclaim and certainly employment opportunities, but his voice is a special gift as well. At times Sermons sounds like a cross between Wonder and English singer/songwriter David Gray, combining the sweet tones of the former with the wounded fragility of the latter.
Session musicians often do not get a chance to bask in the spotlight, too, but on Classic Delight Sermons proves that there is a hidden gem in his constellation of stars.
More Information: http://www.saunderssermons.com