CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Listening to Josh Sander’s rendition of a classic Doobie Brothers song, you might not have an easy time guessing where his musical career got its start.
He developed his soulful voice and instrumentals, in a soulful place: Church.
Sanders, a Kannapolis native, got his start on Sundays.
“I started playing keys and drums in church and that’s kind of all I did until I was 12 or 13,” Sanders said. His grandmother actually showed him how to play keyboard, and his uncle gave him a lesson or two on the drums.
However, his most important musical moment may have been a Christmas, where he expected a very ‘un-musical’ kind of gift.
“One year I won a go-cart for Christmas,” Sanders said. But that Christmas, there was no go-cart under the tree.
“[My dad’s] like, ‘Look behind the tree, son.’ And I did and there was a long, tall box. It was a Fender P Bass,” he said. Sanders explained that his dad needed a bass player for a church gig and that Josh needed to learn how to play it.
The rest, as they say, is history. Now Josh is the lead singer of his own band, most often performing with old friend and drummer, Adam Henry. The pair recently performed for a taping of “Larry’s Look” on NBC Charlotte Today, as part of Larry’s month long look at great “Voices” in the Charlotte as we also celebrate the nation’s best voices on NBC’s “The Voice.”
Josh Sanders performs most every Wednesday night at Speak Easy Ale House in Concord. You can learn more about Josh and his band at JoshSandersMusic.com.