I aim to add emotion and creativity to your song, whether through keys parts, vocals, production and mixing. I can give it a distinct lift or add glue, depending on what your needs are. I love creating music and would love to be a part of your project!
I am full-time musician based in Nashville, TN. I'd be thrilled to record any keys parts you're looking for, be it acoustic piano, hammond B3 or any other organic sounds as well as any synthesizers and quirky textures if that's what you need. I can also do vocals for you. I can sing BGV or lead if needed. I have a home studio with everything that it needs to get you great sounding tracks.
I can mix your track for you or do full-on production if that's what you need. The sample medleys featured here are all songs that I played the keys parts on, produced and mixed.
I am also a seasoned songwriter/artist with song placements on ABC, CBS, Disney, Netflix, Hulu, Freeform, A&E and MTV.
I have toured with various artists such as David Nail, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Ellie Holcomb, Francesca Battistelli, Dave Barnes, Brandon Heath and Cassadee Pope, among many others, while also doing plenty of studio work and writing/composing during my time at home in Nashville. I am comfortable in almost any style of music and would love to add something special to your track.
Whether you know exactly what you need or you are looking for me to help you shape your song, hit me up and let's make some music!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
196 Reviews - 29 Repeat ClientsEndorse Reed Pittman
Reed has a way to find exactly what you're looking for. He's my go to guy!
Reed is a pleasure to work. He's very talented and professional.Great keyboard player and singer. He's very adept at taking suggestions and then coming back with something even better! Will continue to work with him in the future, whenever I need a keyboard part or some BG vocals.
Reed is an excellent musician who knows music software and how to put together a great song. Knew exactly what to do to get the job done. Would recommend to anyone! Thanks again
Wow, what an awesome musician Reed is, and so easy to work with. If you need someone who really try to create the sound you need, don't even bother to search around. Call Reed!
Another great and fast ending to the song with Reed.
This time I needed a special synth sound and Reed was again the right man for it.
Thank you Mate!
Reed was a pleasure to work with! Very talented with quick turnarounds! Highly recommend
My experience with Reed was enjoyable! I liked that he’s very responsive. If you need a tasteful pianist with jazz color or a skilled producer to fine-tune your track, Reed is the one to rely on.
Two projects now with Reed. I'm a happy repeat customer. Great player with great instincts that serve the song well. Strong communicator and overdelivers! A+
Another great song with Reed.
This time also with great additional synths.
Reed is amazing at what he does! His turnarounds are fast, his tracks are high quality that I can easily drop into my mixes, and he goes above and beyond with his piano performances. Absolutely perfect work! :)
Excellent service in double quick time. Responded to all my requests and went the extra mile. Added things to the song that really enhanced it.
Working with Reed was amazing! He immediately got it right even though I sent him a super rough voice memo full of pauses and mistakes. I can’t wait to work with Reed again!
Reed was amazing to work with. He was very responsive and made a beautiful piano track while taking into account the reference tracks I sent him. He made a track that is both beautiful and authentic. Would definitely recommend working with him!
It's been a real pleasure working with Reed. He did a fantastic job recording a solo piano version of an iconic pop tune for me. His playing is absolutely beautiful and I can't recommend his services enough!
Very professional and super quick turnaround time. I had a very fast deadline for a piano track, and it was delivered the very next day. Great communication, easy to work with and overall a wonderful track. Great work! Thank you so much. I look forward to working together in the future.
Thank you Reed for nailing your keys and Organ parts to my new track. Very fast and efficient. Best to you!
Reed is so great to work with. Followed my instructions exactly. Thanks for the quick turnaround.
Interview with Reed Pittman
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There's a couple I'd name. One is called "Uncovered." It's a collection of covers that David Nail released a few years ago and I did all the piano/synth work on it. I think we did some really cool arranging of some familiar songs. Another project that is Ruthie Collins' record "Cold Comfort". I played piano on it; we tracked live at Curb Studios in Nashville. It's a record with great writing and production and 100% worth the listen. And lastly, I produced David Nail's EP's "Bootheel 2020" and "Bootheel 2021" and I produced my LP "Expectations." I think both of these are great examples of some of my instincts as a producer and the colors and textures I find really pleasing. Any artist is of course proud of the work they release but I'm really happy with the stuff I've done under my name as well as Common Heights.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm always working on various projects for sync, be it my own stuff, my band Common Heights, or my composer pseudonym Boreís. I am doing a lot of production at the moment as well with a few different indie artists, and then of course the steady session work on keys and vocals.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Josh Sudduth or Pat Kiloran for production and Peter Ferguson for guitar. These dudes are great musicians and friends. Also, my wife, Callie Cryar. Objectively - she is a dynamite vocalist!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Nord stage 3. Shure SM7B. MacBook Pro (with all my software/plugins). Apollo x4. Puerh tea (to drink - gotta stay hydrated!).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been at it for 16 years professionally. After 4 years of studying music at Belmont and graduating in 2007, I've been cracking away at music since. I was primarily a live player for many of those early years but as time has gone along I've done more and more studio work and songwriting.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I think I lean towards the moody, cinematic stuff. I have a lot of pop and jazz influences but I think I am pretty versatile stylistically - depending on what the client is looking for.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to thing that inspire you and try to match that. It's good to know how other people got sounds you liked so that you constantly grow your tools. Then - be creative and do your own thing. Don't only copy other people but studying stuff you love is a great start.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds. I guess being in Nashville it's most commonly country music but there's a lot of pop work as well. I've done a few jazz and R&B projects recently that I think turned out really great.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio with a few different keyboards (Nord's, primarily) as well as a Yamaha upright piano built in the late 80's that sounds terrific. I use a Shure SM7B for vocals typically and I run things through an Apollo x4 and a UA LA-610. I use sE8's on my upright piano.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I listen to various genres but from a lyrical standpoint, I really have grown to love the likes of John Mayer, Jason Isbell and some other alternative country artists. For production or melodic inspiration, I turn to Bon Iver, Asgeir and Ethan Gruska
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I"m a player first so definitely my ability at the keys. That skill is my most practiced and refined. I also feel I am a strong singer and have really come into my own as a producer/mixer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either. Depends on the context.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver a great product in a timely manner that hopefully exceeds their expectations!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating. Making something new that wasn't there before. That and improvising in a live gig on the spot. Again - it's a moment of pure inspiration and I think that's worth chasing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Haha! How much is this gonna cost? Nah kidding - I guess hey can you do this? And I usually say yes because even if it's not 100% in my wheelhouse it's a great chance to learn.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think it's that traveling around playing music is always amazing and fun and never a grind. It absolutely can be at times. It also is an incredible job that I do not take for granted but it's a hustle just like any work!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I try to be thorough to save time for both people. I try to know as much as I can about what they're hearing/wanting. Some clients have been very helpful to be really thorough and clear up front. The more info, the better, in most cases.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find the person who is enthusiastic about your project and wants to get it right and tries to understand what you're looking for! You're paying and should get a great product!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I mentioned him already, but Justin Vernon is pretty high on the list. He has an incredible ear for melody and always seems to know the mood he wants to create with his music and then he executes it so beautifully. That would be a cool collaboration.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I'm great at adding color or something unique, whether that be a little hook here or there or a choice vocally that's maybe left of center. I can certainly do the down the middle thing if that's desired but I like to think outside the box and take a chance here and there.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the job, but, I like to listen to the demo/worktape and chart it first before anything and also listen to references if any are given. It helps me wrap my head around the song and gather ideas for tracking. I like to do a few takes before I settle but sometimes that first take will have the magic and I'll just roll with that one and make a few edits.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do all kinds of things, including wearing the production and mixing hat more often these days. My bread and butter for a long time has been any keyboard needs and BGV or lead vocals.