Elliott McClain

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Elliott McClain is an exciting and remarkably fluent young pianist.

Praised as having “exceptional talent”, young American pianist Elliott McClain is known for his improvisational skills and expressive playing style. As a recent college graduate, Elliott has already performed as a soloist in distinguished venues and performance centers including a Millennium Stage performance at the Kennedy Center. As member of the pop trio Lake Rise Place, Elliott has also performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Ford Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Blind since birth, Elliott began playing the piano at the age of 4. His earliest influences came from his Uncle’s record collection, live radio, and live performance recordings of the late 90’s. These influences can be heard in Elliott’s playing in both session and performance work today.

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  1. Review by Danielle Hopkins
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    Elliott is an absolutely brilliant composer - he made sure I was pleased with each step of his creative process and it was a joy to hear it come together. I sincerely appreciate his incredible talent, patience and professionalism. Working with him was an incredible experience and I could not be happier with the piano piece he made for me. I highly recommend Elliott and am sincerely looking forward to working with him again.

  2. Review by Bobby Ready
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    Once again, Elliott did a fantastic job with the piano track he made for my song. It was perfect not only technically but with much expression. He is a consummate professional and very easy to work with. I highly recommend him to you.

  3. Review by Bobby Ready
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    Elliott was such a joy to work with and is super talented! I am so pleased with the track he made for me, and I will definitely be sending him more work in the future.

  4. Review by Cael
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    Elliot worked fast and dealt with all of my technical requests with no questions asked. The final product was flawless and he's my new go-to pianist. Couldn't recommend more. Will be working on more projects!! Thank you Elliot! Went above and beyond.

  5. Review by Blue Brio
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    Elliot provided beautiful piano accompaniment to a song where a sensitive and intuitive performance was vital. Thoroughly recommend Elliot! Cheers.

Interview with Elliott McClain

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Live music performance, teaching, and building a portfolio of work.

  3. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  4. A: That it is easy or is a natural gift. Excellence in musicianship requires years of study, practice, and experience.

  5. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  6. A: What do you want?

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: I've played piano since I was old enough to reach up to the keys on my family piano. For the first few years, music was play, but by age seven I was studying classical and commercial piano. In high school I performed with a pop trio in Nashville. In 2017, I was a winner in the 2017 VSA International Young Soloists Competition, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, recognizing outstanding young musicians with disabilities. I completed a Master of Music degree from Belmont University in 2018.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: Melodic, harmonically interesting, improvisational, and and creative.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: I admire the work of Steven Wilson and would love to contribute to one of his productions.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Jazz, country/americana, and popular music.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Listening

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

  18. A: I am inspired by any music that is live and improvisational.

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

  20. A: Piano accompaniments for songs, original arrangements of popular songs, and I'd love to create original music for your lyrics.

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