Priscilla Sanders' rule-bending music and lyrics range from the deeply personal to the absurdly funny. With keen observations, Priscilla wades into the waters of social issues. Her songs can bring biting satire, and range from confessional ballads to just plain fun. Her upcoming folk CD is projected for a fall 2018 release.
In the spring of 2018, Priscilla moved to Portland, Oregon to join the eclectic and often whimsical music scene. Most recently, she was living and doing solo music shows in her hometown of Nashville, having relocated there the summer of 2015 after living on Maui, Hawaii for several years. There 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.
People often ask her, “Why did you leave paradise?” The answer is that as beautiful and fun Maui is, it just didn’t have the opportunities for original music that the “mainland” does. She also began to feel a little too removed from US politics and the rest of the country. Maui will always live in her heart - it is a special place but Priscilla appreciated the inspiration of being back in Music City and now Portland.
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 songs like, “Walking Run-on Sentence,” “Heed the Red Flags,” “Dear Glass Ceiling,” and “79%.” 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.
While on Maui, Priscilla also worked as a teacher and private tutor (she has a Masters in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University) and as a Teaching Artist in Maui public and private schools. She developed a curriculum 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.