I aim to add emotion and creativity to your song, whether through keys parts or vocals. I can give it a distinct lift or add glue, depending on what your needs are. I'd love to give it a polished mix or produce the song for you as well with some fresh ideas. 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 medley is a few songs that I did all the steps for here at my studio.
I am also a seasoned songwriter/artist with song placements on ABC, CBS, Disney, Freeform, A&E and MTV.
I started as a classically trained pianist and then continued my education at Belmont University, where I expanded my background to jazz and country and pop playing. I have toured with various artists such as David Nail, Francesca Battistelli, Cassadee Pope, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Dave Barnes and Brandon Heath, 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!
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93 Reviews - 13 Repeat ClientsEndorse Reed Pittman
Perfection on the first go!!! Dang!!!
Reed was attentive to detail and very prompt. He went above and beyond in turning the basic piano melody I sent him into a polished piece. When I asked for revisions, Reed followed my instructions perfectly and was very quick to send the updated version of the track. Each version he sent sounded beautiful and was well-done. Reed was always respectful and he communicated well.
Awesome as always, bro!!!!!!
Reed did a killer job with great tones and perfect parts. Easy to work with and knocked things out fast!
Fantastic work, bro!!!!!!!
Reed crushed it again! I've been blown away every time.
Crushed it again!
Another beautiful piano track in the books! Can't say enough good things about Reed.
Astonished at this man's talent. 2nd song was even faster and better than the first. Reed totally nailed the vibe, energy, mood on the first try. Already booked him again.
Reed was amazing. Incredibly fast and very responsive to my notes. I'm really happy with how the Piano parts turned out. He definitely brought the song to life!! Excited to work more with Reed!
10/10 as always!!! Highly Recommend working with Reed, he is amazing!
Great experience working with Reed. Highly recommend.
Wow. I cannot ever say enough amazing things about Reed. Talk about a piano GENIUS. Reed gets the vibe right every single time and his piano parts are magic. As long as Reed is still accepting songs to play on, he will be my first call. Thank you Reed!!
I was referred to Reed from another session musician, so I already had a good feeling because of who referred him. HOWEVER, Reed exceeded my expectation. I didn't give him much direction, and let him do what he thought fit well, and he really nailed it! He has a great feel for what the song needs. A real pro!
A pleasure working with Reed!
He helped men lay down a piano for a track that I am doing and over delivered! Super easy to communicate with and a great piano player! What an experience, 5-stars all the way!
Reed did a great job! He hit my deadline and the piano part sounds incredible. Definitely want to hire him again.
Really great experience with Reed. Nicely played and quick turnaround. Much appreciated and hope to work with him again.
Reed is the most perfect pianist on SoundBetter. The quality of the recording is still perfect and he played the piano so wonderful. Thank you so much, Reed. We will work again and again together!
nice guy, nice work, nice sound! looking forward to work again and again and again with Reed!
Once again, it was pleasure to work with Reed. Super fast and perfect on the first proposal. Thanks!
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' newest record "Cold Comfort". I played piano on it and it was fun doing it the "old" way where we all tracked together 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 last EP "Bootheel 2020" and self-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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working some instrumental compositions and music from my solo project and from Common Heights, with an aim towards sync placements. I am producing a few local artists here in Nashville and I am working on David Nail's new EP.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been at it for 13 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: 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: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Josh Sudduth or Pat Kiloran for production and Eric Mulder for guitar. These dudes are great musicians and dear friends. Also, my wife, Callie Cryar. Objectively - she is a dynamite vocalist!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I think I lean towards the moody 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: 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: 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). Apogee Duet. Puerh tea (to drink - gotta stay hydrated!).
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: 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 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 don't record much jazz but I enjoy playing with my trio live in between other gigs.
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: 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 apogee duet and a UA LA-610.
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 Jason Isbell and other alternative country artists. For production or melodic inspiration, I turn to Bon Iver, Asgeir and James Blake.
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.