Saunders Sermons II is an American singer, trombonist, song writer and a two-time Grammy Award Winner. Born and raised in Miami, FL, Sermons began playing the trombone at the age of 11. Since then, he has grown to become an established independent artist with an admirable music career.
Majoring in jazz studies at the New School in New York City enabled Sermons to flesh out and hone his skills as a trombonist while encouraging him to branch out as a singer and songwriter. As a trombonist, Sermon’s vocals & trombone can be heard on Tedeschi Trucks Bands single “Part Of Me.” He has performed with hip hop and R&B icons such as 50 Cent, Diddy, and Snoop Dog, with whom Sermons toured Europe and North America, along with Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige.
Sermons has been a member of the Tedesci Trucks Band since 2010, a role that has earned him a second GRAMMY award.
In 2008 Saunders toured with R&B Grammy award vocalist Maxwell earning him his first Grammy . Sermons has also performed with jazz trumpet player Roy Hargrove. Fusing jazz with soul is Sermon’s own unique blend of artistry. ” I want to bring elegance back to music and set a new standard for the industry like the greats, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong. “I also want to play multiple instruments,” says Sermons. When asked who he is influenced by, he quickly runs off a list of artist who came before him and inspired him: Prince, D’angelo, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra.