Ric Sandler

Ric Sandler

 Ventnor City, New Jersey, USA
BandPopCountry

An eclectic mix of genre-blending pop music using a wide production pallette of instruments.

Biography

Writer, arranger, performer, keyboardist, programmer, producer and arranger Ric Sandler; is a man permeated with talent and accomplishment. Sixty-three instruments are presented in his latest CD RHYTHMUNDERGROUND, which remains accessible yet identifiable in a totally lush soundscape.

A musical wunderkind, Ric grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania performing the classics with distinct professionalism before he was seven. In his early teens, he was already writing and performing original ‘serious’ works for his high school and a local playhouse.

But, this prodigious classical talent had a large pop component as well. Ric had his own rock band by age eleven, and by fifteen, he and his band was backing up the legendary R&B master Lloyd Price and opening shows for The Soul Survivors and The Rascals. By the time he graduated high school, Sandler had already been signed to an exclusive publishing contract that led him to Los Angeles and all it implies.

Writing prolifically for the next fifteen years for various publishers such as Sony Music and Warner Chappell, Ric wrote and recorded for himself as well. He collaborated with John Lilley of the Hooters and was also an in-demand session player, working with such legends as Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Larry Carlton, Lee Sklar, and the Porcaro brothers, as well as doing lead vocals on some studio group hits during the seventies.

While superstars like Dionne Warwick, Jermaine Jackson and Anne Murray were recording his songs, he was also scoring TV shows and films, including Ralph Bakshi’s Warner Bros. film “Hey Good Lookin”, touring with Tanya Tucker, playing with Chuck Berry, and working the club circuit, as well. In 2000 The Dixie Hummingbirds did one of Ric's songs on their Grammy nominated album, "Music in the Air."

In 2002, this master of multiple genres used his wealth of experience to create a vibrant new sound The resulting album, a multi-textured wonder called RHYTHMUNDERGROUND— a distinctive and highly charged fusion of American rock, soul, and jazz. His unique pop music style reveals many musical layers and surprises. Released on his own RICH ID label, RHYTHMUNDERGROUND yielded two Top 20 radio hits, RUBIES and I’LL LET YA KNOW.

Ric is currently singing his inspirational songs and spreading his unique sound and message in chuches up and down the east coast with his group as well as appearing with groups like the BLIND BOYS OF MISSISSIPPI and THE SOUL STIRRERS. His new CD, 1 GOD 1 PLANET, is being released in July 2006.

Lyrics

Fast Moving Storm

Written By: Ric Sandler/Joy Collins

THE FIRST TIME I LAID EYES ON HER
TEARIN UP THE ROAD
THE EARTH GREW SILENT AND STILL
SHOULD HAVE RUN FOR COVER
INSTEAD OF HANGIN ON TO THE RAIL
WHEN SHE COMES AROUND GET OUT OF TOWN
NAIL PLYWOOD TO YOUR DOORS
THAT GIRL IS A FAST MOVING STORM

CHORUS SHE’LL BLOW YOUR MIND
AND FLOOD YOUR SENSES
WITH A SUDDEN CHANGE
IT’S SECOND NATURE
SHE’S A NATURAL DISASTER
THERE’S NO ONE TO BLAME

SHE LEFT MY LIFE IN RUINS
DESTRUCTION LEAVES A SMILE ON HER FACE
PICKED ME UP PUT ME DOWN
HEARTBROKEN IN A LONELY PLACE
GIVE HER THE RIGHT CONDITIONS
THE NEXT HOME WRECK WON’T BE LONG
THAT GIRL IS A FAST MOVING STORM

CHORUS
SHE’S WILD AS A HURRICANE

SOLO
CHORUS

IF SHE ROLLS INTO YOUR TOWN
DON’T COUNT ON HER TO STAY
SHE’S THE HAND YOU THOUGHT YOU WON
THEN SHE FLIES AWAY
HERE’S YOUR FINAL WARNING
WHEN YOU SEE THOSE DARK CLOUDS FORM
THAT GIRL IS A FAST MOVING STORM
THAT GIRL IS A FAST MOVING STORM

Alcohell

Written By: Ric Sandler/Bob Spanburgh

ALCOHELL
(Ric Sandler/Bob Spanburgh)

HEY THERE BUDDY - GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN
SOME CALL ME THE DEVIL
BUT YOU CAN CALL ME FRIEND
ARE YOU IN TROUBLE
BURIED ALIVE
LET ME BUY YOU A DOUBLE
OR THREE FOUR OR FIVE
I OWN THIS PLACE
NOTHIN MATTERS NO MORE
I’LL MAKE YOU FORGET
WHY YOU CAME IN THE DOOR

WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WHERE FIRE BURNS THE SOUL
TIL YOU’RE NOTHIN BUT A SHELL
DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS EVIL WELL
WELL WELCOME TO ALCOHELL

ONE EMPTY BOTTLE
CAN’T FILL THE CRACKS IN YOUR SOUL
WITH YOUR HAND ON THE THROTTLE
YOU THINK YOU’RE IN CONTROL
JACK SMOKE AND MIRRORS
DRINK YOURSELF BLIND
IT’S ONLY TWELVE STEPS OUT
AND UP TO YOU TO FIND
TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED
THERE AIN’T NO RUSH
YOU THINK YOU’RE IN HEAVEN
WHEN YOU PARTY WITH US

CHORUS
BREAK

WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WHERE FIRE BURNS THE SOUL
TIL YOU’RE NOTHIN BUT A SHELL
OPEN YOUR EYES- LOOK HOW FAR YOU FELL
WELL WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WELCOME TO ALCOHELL

HEY THERE BUDDY GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Alcohell

Written By: Ric Sandler/Bob Spanburgh

ALCOHELL
(Ric Sandler/Bob Spanburgh)

HEY THERE BUDDY - GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN
SOME CALL ME THE DEVIL
BUT YOU CAN CALL ME FRIEND
ARE YOU IN TROUBLE
BURIED ALIVE
LET ME BUY YOU A DOUBLE
OR THREE FOUR OR FIVE
I OWN THIS PLACE
NOTHIN MATTERS NO MORE
I’LL MAKE YOU FORGET
WHY YOU CAME IN THE DOOR

WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WHERE FIRE BURNS THE SOUL
TIL YOU’RE NOTHIN BUT A SHELL
DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS EVIL WELL
WELL WELCOME TO ALCOHELL

ONE EMPTY BOTTLE
CAN’T FILL THE CRACKS IN YOUR SOUL
WITH YOUR HAND ON THE THROTTLE
YOU THINK YOU’RE IN CONTROL
JACK SMOKE AND MIRRORS
DRINK YOURSELF BLIND
IT’S ONLY TWELVE STEPS OUT
AND UP TO YOU TO FIND
TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED
THERE AIN’T NO RUSH
YOU THINK YOU’RE IN HEAVEN
WHEN YOU PARTY WITH US

CHORUS
BREAK

WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WHERE FIRE BURNS THE SOUL
TIL YOU’RE NOTHIN BUT A SHELL
OPEN YOUR EYES- LOOK HOW FAR YOU FELL
WELL WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WELCOME TO ALCOHELL
WELCOME TO ALCOHELL

HEY THERE BUDDY GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Discography

AS ARTIST:
RHYTHMUNDERGROUND-CD-2002-Rich Id Records
Misc. tracks on Mp3.com
HEY GOOD LOOKIN-Soundtrack-Warner Bros./Ralph Bakshi animated film

AS SONGWRITER
Songs recorded by DIONNE WARWICK (My Everlasting Love), Anne Murray (I'm Just A Lonely Soul), Jermaine Jackson (Enemy Line), & THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS (Slow Moving Train)

Set List

Sets usually 40 minutes to an hour, depending on the needs of the venue. Material ranges from all original to all cover. Cover is a way we pay our bills in local clubs to be able to get the original band out on the market. We play all kinds of mainstream pop/rock from all eras.