BIO

Priscilla Sanders

Priscilla has been writing songs and playing music professionally for over 15 years. Her rule-bending music and lyrics range from the deeply personal to the absurdly funny. She has a background of stand-up comedy, improv, and acting which helped her pen three one-woman shows that had performances in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles.

Priscilla’s new album “UNCORKED” delivers edgy satire, ironic humor and heartfelt ballads. Imagine Joni Mitchell meets Carol Burnett! Her songs dive deep, letting you know that you’re not the only one going through the trials of life and that we can laugh at ourselves along the way.

"UNCORKED," produced by Gary Gordon of Inside Out Studios, has a bluegrass/Americana/folk feel and features veteran bluegrass and country musicians.  Gary plays lead guitar on the album and has performed all over the U.S. and Europe since the 1970’s in a duo, The Gordons, with his wife Roberta Gordon. Fiddle and mandolin player Tim Crouch, who has played with country artists Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, and at age 19 performed on the Grand Ole Opry, is featured on “Bad Date” and “Coming Home to Tennessee.”  Ross Sermons, who has played with Steve Winwood, Jimmy Buffett, Tim O’Brien and Gregg Allman, lends upright bass to most of the tracks. Singing background vocals is gospel vocalist Monty Jackson, who has toured worldwide over decades and sung with many gospel acts including Whiteheart, David Meece, and Clifton Davis.

Contributing songwriters include touring Americana singer/songwriter Miss Meaghan Owens who co-wrote “You Are My Tequila” and Bentley Kalaway, a veteran Maui singer/songwriter, who co-wrote "Bad Date.”

UNCORKED ALBUM

Priscilla’s new album UNCORKED delivers edgy satire, ironic humor and heartfelt ballads. Imagine Joni Mitchell meets Carol Burnett. Her songs dive deep, letting you know that you’re not the only one going through the trials of life and that we can laugh at ourselves along the way. Produced by Gary Gordon of Inside Out Studios, UNCORKED has a bluegrass/country/folk feel and features veteran musicians.

"HERSTORY"

In the summer of 2018, Priscilla moved back to Maui, Hawaii to a thriving music community. She just spent three years doing solo music shows in her hometown of Nashville, having relocated there the summer of 2015. For several years on Maui, she was in a Pop & Country cover duo, Sanders & Kalaway with fellow singer/songwriter Bentley Kalaway doing shows at house concerts, benefits, and in clubs. She also sang and wrote with Miss Meaghan Owens as the Coconut Cowgirls.

Priscilla has a background of stand-up comedy, improv, and acting as well as penning three one-woman shows that had performances in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. You can hear these influences in several of her songs. Through the years, Priscilla also sang lead and backup vocals with classic rock cover bands while playing keys and released an indie pop CD, Ride a Wave with Me, in 2004. 

Priscilla also works as a teacher and arts educator (she has a Masters in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University) and as a Teaching Artist in the Maui public schools. She developed a curriculum called LYRICS & LITERATURE that teaches students how to write group songs about the books they read. Highlights include high school seniors writing raps about Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Taming of the Shrew, as well as elementary students creating songs about classics such as Johnny Tremain and The Giver. She is currently the Music Teacher at Pu'u Kukui Elementary School in Wailuku, Maui and also works at the MACC as a Can Do! Day substitute.