Fernando Saunders

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Fernando Saunders
Born17 January
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • record producer
  • Bass guitar
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • vocals

Fernando Saunders is an American musician, singer and record producer from Detroit, Michigan. He is perhaps best known for his longtime partnership with musician Lou Reed, from 1982 to 1987 and again from 1996 to 2008.


Fernando Saunders has performed all around the world with music legends such as Marianne Faithfull, Joan Baez, Slash, Gavin Friday, Tori Amos, Pat Benatar, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin, Heart, Jan Hammer, Luciano Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones, Robert Quine, Anohni, Steve Hunter, Kevin Hearn, Julieta Venegas, Grayson Hugh and Suzanne Vega. He is also a long-time collaborator with Kip Hanrahan[1] and Lou Reed (as a bass player, vocalist and producer).

Personal life[edit]

Fernando's son, András Kállay-Saunders (born January 28, 1985) represented Hungary in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Running".

Fernando’s daughter, Marisa Saunders (born September 16, 1996), is also a bassist in the band No Vacation.

Selected discography[edit]


  • Cashmere Dreams (1989; Grudge/BMG)
  • The Spin (1993; A&M)
  • I Will Break Your Fall (2006; Summit/Sony Red7)
  • Plant a Seed (2011; EMI)
  • Happiness (2012; Videoradio)

with Larry Young[edit]

with Jan Hammer[edit]

"Black Sheep" (1979)

with Jeff Beck[edit]

with John McLaughlin[edit]

with Pat Benatar[edit]

with Grayson Hugh[edit]

  • Blind To Reason (1988; RCA)

with Deborah Henson-Conant[edit]

  • Caught in the Act (1990)
  • Talking Hands (1991)

with Heart[edit]

with George Jinda[edit]

  • Between Dreams (1995)

with Special EFX[edit]

  • Special EFX (1984)
  • Just Like Magic (1990)
  • Peace of the World (1991)
  • Global Village (1992)
  • Here To Stay (1996)
  • Masterpiece (1999)

with Chieli Minucci[edit]

  • Renaissance (1995)
  • Sweet on You (2000)

with Kip Hanrahan[edit]

with Lou Reed[edit]


  • A Night with Lou Reed (1983)
  • Coney Island Baby: Live in Jersey (Lou Reed) (1987)
  • Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (1998)
  • Lou Reed: Live at Montreux (2000)
  • Prozac Nation (2001)
  • Spanish Fly: Lou Reed Live in Spain (2005)
  • Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse (Lou Reed-Julian Schnabel) (2008)
  • CZizinci (2011)


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