Eli Staples

Pianist, vocalist, producer

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Performed with R&B artists Ashanti, Mya, and Robin Thicke, rock legends Journey, and international jazz artists Karen Briggs, Nnenna Freelon, Cindy Bradley, and Jessy J. Eli has travelled and performed all over the world in styles ranging through pop and R&B, Afro-cuban and Brazilian styles, jazz and swing, and go-go and funk.

My experience ranges through decades of live and studio performance in every kind of environment, from bars to stadiums, with jazz, hip-hop, pop, and Latin artists as a keyboardist, vocalist, producer and music director.

I especially enjoy working with vocalists, and my personal experience performing and recording as one gives me special insight and awareness into the particular difficulties of that instrument and the ways they can be overcome.

My work experience has been largely through live performance and in the studio, and I came up as an artist in the street gigs and clubs of Washington D.C. and New York. But I also have a serious classical piano background and a degree in Pipe Organ Performance, as well as intensive study in improvisation as applied to jazz, pop, and classical counterpoint.

My particular area of interest is arranging, and I can create a part or parts for you in a very short time that complements your work in a sophisticated and sensitive way.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Eli Staples
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32 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Karl Ludwigsen
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    I’ve worked with Eli a few times now and he continues to show me impressive string arrangements. He really knows how to fill in the gaps and find the right embellishments. His attention to detail is great. We are able to work through any issue and get a part I’m really happy with

  2. Review by Jimmy
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    Immediate communication, great follow up, quality sounds. Thank you Eli!

  3. Review by Karl Ludwigsen
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    Eli is a very knowledgeable musician. He has great feel and sophistication in his parts. He wrote and produced another great string part for my project. Thanks so much!

  4. Review by Guy M.
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    outstanding job as usual.

  5. Review by Guy M.
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    Fantastic job as usual

  6. Review by Kyle T.
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    Eli was able to add some serious definition to my song with his piano part. And what he played is very tailored to the vibe of the song. It's clear that he is versatile and able to be a musical chameleon which I think is very valuable. Thanks again!

  7. Review by Jamie S.
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    Eli is a pure 'magician of music'. The guy has a professional work ethic and communication skills second to none. Beyond this, is the quality of his work! The first draft he did on producing my song I heard while driving my car. I nearly crashed my car it was so good! From the word 'go', Eli possesses a 'spooky' intuition from very few words into knowing exactly what you are looking for and then delivering that times 50! I cannot wait to work with Eli again! Thank you!

  8. Review by Rodolfo G.
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    Eli was so easy to work with. How he produced my song was absolutely brilliant. :)

  9. Review by Rodolfo G.
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    Very quick turnaround! Eli definitely gave life to my recording.

  10. Review by July A.
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    It was great to work with Eli again. I'm very glad that I found him here on soundbetter

  11. Review by Alexander G.
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    Eli is a talented musician and a true professional to work with! Prompt responses, high quality performances. Looking forward to working with him again.

  12. Review by Alexander G.
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    Wonderful speed of communication and quality of performance!

  13. Review by July A.
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    It was a great experience working with Eli!

  14. Review by July A.
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    Great work from Eli!

  15. Review by Yoram L.
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    Eli did an amazing job on my project, listened to every needs and really understood what I need to make my song perfect.
    Will be happy to work with him again in the future !

  16. Review by July A.
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    It's been a pleasure working with Eli again. So good!

  17. Review by Stephen Moyer
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    Eli is a true professional, and provided me with incredible piano stems to work with. Fast turnaround as well! Highly recommended.

  18. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Job from Eli again. I can only recommend

  19. Review by July A.
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    Eli is very talented and great to work with. Thank you

  20. Review by Jordan Perlson
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    Eli was easy to work with, and came up with a genius piano track for our song in no time at all. Can't recommend him enough. One of the baddest dudes around!

  21. Review by July A.
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    Great work by Eli again and great communication throughout. Thank you!

  22. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Job!

  23. Review by July A.
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    What a great work again by Eli. Amazing !

  24. Review by Karl Ludwigsen
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    Eli wrote and produced a great string part to my hip hop song that brought a lot of excitement and richness to the track. Great composer and quite mindful of all the details. Happy with the results! Thank you

  25. Review by Camie R.
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    Eli’s talent and professionalism is first class & delivered exactly what I wanted. I highly recommend hiring Eli for your project.

  26. Review by Robin G.
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    Delivered exactly what I needed within a small time frame.

    Thank you so much!

  27. Review by July A.
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    Excellent work! Very nice and skilled piano work

  28. Review by Shmuli R.
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    Eli was great! He got it right on the first time... His playing and sound were tasteful and musical, and most importantly perfect for the song. Eli was easy to work with, communication was great and I am looking forward to using him again on future tracks.

  29. Review by Jane W.
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    I wasn't sure how to go about hiring a remote four part barbershop quartet and musician to sing and write a piano jingle for my 30 second song.

    I posted my request on SoundBetter, and Eli wrote me back quickly with a detailed plan for getting the job done. Two days later, I had a completed song!

    The vocalists that Eli hired sang the song beautifully. He also created the perfect original piano jingle for the song. Eli's thoughtful input and creativity really brought my song to life!!

  30. Review by Liz
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    Awesome to work with. Attempted a metal project - Converting a symphonic piano song to a beautiful classical piano arrangement. Even though the task was out of his genre, he really went above and beyond and was timely with the few revisions I asked for. Can't wait to work with him in the future!

  31. Review by Jordan Perlson
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    Eli's an amazing pianist, singer and band leader. Experienced and skilled beyond belief. Hire him!

  32. Review by Nicki Gonzalez
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    Eli is the total package! Playing piano for him is like an extension of his body. Dream it - and he’ll put it to music. He produces with the skill of someone who has lived three lifetimes, spanning genres old and new; the heady and complex to simple, sincere and refreshingly stripped down. He used these vast references to bring my music to life and he can do it for anyone because he truly feels the music in YOU. Few producers make you feel safe enough to be vulnerable and take risks at the same time. Eli oozes with talent and he’s just a great friggin’ guy. Look no further.

Interview with Eli Staples

  1. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  2. A: In contemporary pop music, I'm always a fan of Zedd and his collaborations. I'm a huge fan of Brazilian music, so Djavan is one of my songwriting heroes, and you can't really find a better interpreter of that style than Rosa Passos. I'm a jazz and latin pianist at heart, so I love Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Art Tatum, and of course many more.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I use Cubase as my DAW, and Kontakt and Reaktor as my VST hosts. I have Kontakt Komplete Ultimate 11 as a basis for my suite which covers almost anything I need to get into. For live vocals and instruments, I have four large and small diaphragm Rode mics that are great quality and can handle almost anything.

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: I like to have a conversation with my clients that gets me as close as possible to understanding their aesthetic goals. Then I lay out a very basic framework that suggests a direction and share that with the client, so we can be sure that we're achieving the desired result before we spend too much time in one direction. I then flesh out the basic structure, pretty close to a completed product, and check in one more time to make sure everything is clear. Usually I'll finish it up after that point.

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: I think I bring a real passion about making music that is clear and straightforward in its message. I have had a very extensive musical education, but I believe that good music should be something that can be heard and appreciated to some degree, by someone with no training and just an open mind.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: My piano playing. I've performed and recorded extensively as a professional pianist and keyboardist in pop, jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, R&B, hip-hop, tango, and lots more. If you need a piano part, I can create one that fits your piece, whatever the genre. Outside of the very top end of classical solo piano repertoire, I'm your guy.

  11. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  12. A: Production, piano, and vocal work

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1-2 revisions, 1-5 day turn around, depending upon schedule

GenresSounds Like
  • James Taylor
  • Harry Connick
  • Jr.
  • Bruce Hornsby
Gear Highlights
  • Cubase
  • Kontakt Komplete Ultimate 11
  • and large+small diaphragm Rode mics
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