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 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 synth 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 am also a seasoned songwriter with cuts by Jaci Velasquez, Ryan Corn and Marie Miller, among others. I'd love to help add or create lyrics and melody for your song as well!
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 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!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
13 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Reed Pittman
Reed is the man on piano, I use him for everything.
Reed is on his game. He always comes through with great playing and an ear for what is right for the song. Looking forward to more tunes together.
5 stars + Reed gets it! Love working with him for efficiency and results.
Reed was an absolute professional that nailed what I was looking for. He takes the time to play what’s right for the song and open to guidance. Looking forward to more work in the future.
Another great song written by me and Reed! He’s truly a good pianist and artist.
Reed did a great job of creating a piano and vocals track while lending his personal flair to the project. Plus, he did this work in record time. Nicely done, Reed!
Reed was absolutely phenomenal when it came to handling my song. Seriously wonderful composer and musician, and you definitely want to work with him, if you want professional and quality work.
Reed is an amazing organist, and produces quality work with his tracks. He added the flavor of soul I needed to really get this track on its feet, and he was very adamant about making sure the track got to the stage I needed it to go. I definitely recommend him for any work he does, just on the dedication to your project alone.
I've worked with Reed for many years. He's my "go to" for all things keys. Reed is great at giving a song the appropriate amount of melody and texture.
reed is one of the best if not the best pianist i know + have worked with him on several occasions, so you can't go wrong using him on your song.
Reed is a fantastic musician to work with and can most definitely handle all of your piano needs. He has a smooth, moody voice that sits well in a bed of BGVs or can complete your song with heart wrenching, emotional lead vocals. Hire this guy!
Highly recommend! Quick turnaround and is always able to provide quality parts with killer tone and stellar execution.
I have hired Reed for several projects, and will absolutely hire him for future works. He is quick, tasteful and a real professional. I believe anyone that would have Reed preforme on there project, will be completely satisfied.
Interview with Reed Pittman
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.
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: 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'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: 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 strongest skill?
A: I"m a player first so definitely my ability at the keys. That skill is my most practiced and refined. I think I've improved vocally over the years as well and really in the last few years have grown as a producer.
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: 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: 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: 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 again - depending on what the client is looking for.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been at it for 12 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 a long I've done more and more studio work and songwriting.
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: 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: 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'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 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 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's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver a great product in a timely manner that hopefully exceeds their expectations!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either. Depends on the context.
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Random projects come in and out, but the thing I'm most excited for is this new project of my own music that I'm set to release the first single of next month. I think it's some of the best I've done yet and it's been really fun to work on it between everything else.
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 releasing soon is Ruthie Collins' new record. The first two singles have already launched and the whole thing is great. I played piano on it and it was fun doing it the "old" way where we all tracked together at Curb Studios in Nashville. I believe the record drops in Feb 2020.