Vocals / piano / guitar
singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the
most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm &
Blues and Rock 'n' Roll in the world today. His indelible
image as a frenetic front man, pumping powerful boogie-woogie
from the piano in a soaking suit, has won him fans from
all over the world and attracted a following from many
famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work
spent four years as a full-time member of Bill Wyman's
Rhythm Kings, fronting the band alongside Georgie Fame,
Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie
Floyd on their annual world tours. The Rhythm Kings released
their album ‘Just for a Thrill’ and a fabulous
DVD entitled ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, both
featuring Mike’s extensive roll as a member of the
ex-Rolling Stones bassist’s touring band
December 07 Mike was invited to appear as a guest vocalist
with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings at one of the most publicised
musical events of the year - the final Led Zeppelin reunion
at London's O2 Arena, a tribute to the memory of the late
Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records. Mike performed
alongside such soul legends as Ben E King, Percy Sledge
and Sam Moore.
Mike is currently
involved in a number of touring line-ups, most notably his 6-piece outfit Mike
Sanchez and his Band featuring Tom Bull on guitar, bassist Nick Whitfield (both
Tom and Nick hail from Leicester's Drugstore Cowboys), Mike's long term drummer
Mark Morgan, Nick Lunt on baritone sax (Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues
Orchestra) and Martin Winning on tenor sax (Van Morrison). This band's
performances continuously receive fabulous reviews throughout the blues and
rockin' scenes across the UK and Europe.
A recent recording
project was Mike's second collaboration with top Swedish bluesmen The Beat From
Palookaville, creating the hot rockin' album 'Babes & Buicks' out on Mike’s
own UK label and on-line store, Doopin Music.
In 2003 Mike released a
debut 2-hour DVD titled 'Red Hot …Live!' featuring live shows of his own 4 and
7-piece band and The Mike Sanchez Rhythm & Blues Revue, a Johnny Otis 1950s
style show starring doo-wop vocal trio The Extraordinaires and Imelda May who
shortly thereafter became a household name.
Sanchez was born Jesus Miguel Sanchez in London's East End
to Spanish parents Jesus and Manola on the 17th of February
1964. At the age of eleven, his family moved to Worcestershire
in the West Midlands where Mike took up the piano, developing
a strong love for 1950s' American roots music through his
high school years. As a teenager he taught himself guitar
and formed The Rockets, a rockabilly trio.
after, Mike was introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy
Brown and Steve Gibbons' multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester
by Led Zeppelin's Robert
Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town Playboys
in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm & Blues.
Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and
introduced Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corner's
Andy Fairweather-Low. The latter signed up as guitarist with
the Big Town Playboys for two years in the 1990s. Fleetwood
Mac's Mick Fleetwood is another good friend who regularly
involves Mike in his plans wherever possible.
Mike recorded a number of albums including the classic rockabilly
album 'Crazy Legs' with guitar-great Jeff Beck in 1993. The
Big Town Playboys had various stints opening for Eric Clapton
at London's Royal Albert Hall and appeared at many European
music festivals, backing bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don
& Dewey, Joe Hughes, Jimmy Nelson, Carey Bell and the
great Little Willie Littlefield. Mike has also many times
over the years been involved movie soundtrack producing and
recording, most recently for the movie 'Ill Be There'
(2003) starring Charlotte Church and Craig Ferguson. The well-established
magazine Blues in Britain voted Mike 'UK Keyboard Player of
the Year' for four consecutive years (2000-2004).
main aim has always been to make every live show his best
yet as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration
for his electrifying stage performances from new and old fans
of all age groups across the world.