Artist Bios

Lance Anderson - Pianist

Lance Anderson won the Maple Blues Award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year Monday, January 20, 2014, in Toronto.

Anderson was named Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year at the 17th annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto after being nominated in the category eight times in the past 12 years. "What I enjoy the most is playing the piano and the Hammond organ, so this is the first time I was really recognized for that, for actually playing," Anderson said Tuesday.

The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.

Lance is a successful producer, with recording credits such as Leahy (double Juno, Platinum Virgin Music recording artists) and a number of recent recordings under his own label, Make It Real Records. These include the internationally acclaimed 2B3 the Toronto Sessions, Live at the Wolf by Garth Hudson (The Band), Brotherhood by Blackburn, and All Play and No Work by the Cameo Blues Band. Lance also initiated and co-produced the Oscar Peterson Multimedia CD ROM, now treasured by jazz fans and players worldwide.

The Montreal Jazz Festival and the Mont Tremblant International Blues festival are two of the prestigious festivals Lance has performed at with both his critically acclaimed duo Anderson & Sloski and as keyboardist for MBA Entertainer of the Year’, Shakura S’Aida. He also toured Europe, Australia and the US last summer and recorded her smash CD Brown Sugar in Memphis Tn. and her new CD Time was released May 2012.

Lance will release a CD of his own songs in 2014. This CD has been years in the making and features performances by Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Canadian Hall of Fame members Domenic Troiano and Garth Hudson (The Band) and a who’s who of the Canadian Blues scene, including: Amos Garrett, Bucky Berger, Dennis Pendrith, Denis Keldie, Mitch Lewis, Amoy Levi and more.

In addition to his work as a producer and keyboard player, Lance has an extensive credit list of original compositions and arrangements for TV, fi lm and orchestra. He arranged 4 songs and conducted the world premiere of Shakura S’Aida’s ‘Symphony in G Minor’ with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in April, 2012. His Maple Blues nominated solo piano CD, Shorthanded showcases his talents as a Blues piano artist. And his recording Footwork by Anderson & Sloski, features his virtuoso playing on the Hammond B3 organ.

Lance toured Canada in 2005 as the musical director for international recording artist Roger Whittaker and spent many years touring as keyboardist with CBC children’s icon Mr. Dress-up.

In 2009 Lance performed and recorded with Canadian Gospel/Blues great Danny Brooks, and produced 2009 Blues Juno award winning Fathead’s latest CD, Where‘s the Blues Taking Me. His recording credits also includes the latest Ian Gillan ( Deep Purple) CD One Eye to Morocco.

His shows include, the All Star Genius+Soul - a Celebration of the Music of Ray Charles and The Last Waltz- The Music of The Band. Lance has performed as far away as Darjeeling India, in the Himalayas and from Dubai to Austin Tx.

CONTACT: Make It Real Records, 648 Driftwood Rd., Orillia ON L3V 1C8 705-327-3363 • makeitreal@rogers.com - www.makeitrealrecords.com

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