Danielle McGinley

LA based Session Keyboardist

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I'm an LA Session Keyboard Player, Pianist, Vocalist and Songwriter/Producer. With over 15 years experience, I've worked with various chart topping artists including, Daya, Bea Miller, Rachel Platten, Charli XCX, Julia Michaels, Sabrina Carpenter, Cher Lloyd, Zara Larsson, Christina Novelli, Duke Dumont, Tan Weiwei, etc.

I began learning Classical Piano at age 4, moving to Jazz in my teenage years and acquiring my degree in Popular Music Performance soon after. Since then I have gained a wide range of experience from performing live shows, headline festivals and world tours with incredible artists, to remote recording sessions for artists singles and albums, including piano tracks, synth tracks, top-line writing, vocal recording, and writing full instrumental tracks.

My services include:
- Jazz - Classical - Rock - Pop playing styles
- Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Fat Synth Lead, Ethereal Pad tracking/programming
- Vocal tracks, soft breathy alto pop vocals
- Live show programming/Musical Directing

For more info, contact me about your project, I look forward to discussing how I can help you!

More playing/recording examples;
Live playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Df0NlbDvPA
Track production, arranging, recording and vocals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzfdrMyBGjA

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

18 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Gary M.
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    Not only a fine pianist, but a really fine person, too. Always a pleasure to work with, and always worth the investment. Creativity, imagination, and the skills to deliver.

  2. Review by Gary M.
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    Danielle is consistently excellent. She is very intuitive and knows what works, and what doesn't in a song. Lovely touch and a lovely sound. Worth the investment.

  3. Review by Ben L.
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    Excellent work by Danielle. She recorded a video for me, learnt the parts and performed it with great enthusiasm. Added a LOT to my video shot. Will def use again.

  4. Review by Massimo D.
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    Danielle McGinley was very professional, courteous and efficient in helping me out with my request. I highly recommend her!

  5. Review by Tim L.
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    Danielle , did a excellent job on the tracks , will use again. Tim L

  6. Review by Gary M.
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    Danielle was terrific to deal with. I'm really impressed with her playing, and really pleased how it elevated the song.

  7. Review by Tim L.
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    Danielle , great keyboard line , match songs style spot on , thank you.
    Tim L.

  8. Review by Tim L.
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    Danielle , creativied a great keyboard line for the song ! Will use again. Tim L

  9. Review by Tim L.
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    Can not , say enough , creativity on keyboard line was great. Will use again. Tim L.

  10. Review by Gary M.
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    Danielle was extremely pleasant to deal with. Her playing is excellent, and I received the files in a timely fashion. Creative and skilled, and that's a nice combination to have. Topnotch! Thanks.

  11. Review by Oriel P.
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    Danielle was amazing! I hired her to play keyboard with me for a virtual concert. She's talented, professional, and a joy to work with. She was also very patient and supported through the filming process as we "production designed" our shoot.

  12. Review by Douglass
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    Danielle was super responsive and a total pro!

  13. Review by Anna L.
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    Total pro, badass playing, super fast. Thanks Danielle!

  14. Review by Arrow M.
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    Excellent player! Can capture a vibe quickly and sell it! Great communication too. Thank you Danielle!

  15. Review by Andrew Furze
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    Danielle is one of my favorite keys players. She's a great live performer but I also love her creativity and professionalism in the studio as well. She picks things up almost instantly and is great across many genres. Super pro and a lovely person!

  16. Review by Andrew Furze
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    Danielle is one of my favorite keys players. She's a great live performer but I also love her creativity and professionalism in the studio as well. She picks things up almost instantly and is great across many genres. Super pro and a lovely person!

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    Danielle is one of my favorite keys players. She's a great live performer but I also love her creativity and professionalism in the studio as well. She picks things up almost instantly and is great across many genres. Super pro and a lovely person!

  18. Review by Sean Wills
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    I own an entertainment company in Los Angeles, and Danielle has been an irreplaceable asset to us over the years. I've recruited her for a variety of recording projects, running the gamut of genres from R&B to rock to pop to jazz and more. No matter the style, she has always delivered polished and impeccably recorded material. She is easy to work with and always eager to capture the vision you have in mind for your project. When it comes to programming specific keyboard sounds, Danielle is the best in the business. If you want a true pro on your side, look no further!

Interview with Danielle McGinley

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both! Best of both worlds

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Mike Avenaim, best drummer around.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: easy - Kronos, Arp, Roland TR8, Shure SM7B, Apollo x6 interface.

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

  8. A: I've been playing the Piano and singing since I was a small child. I started playing gigs in my late teens, which involved joining bands where I initially learnt how to program keyboards and synths. This led to session work and playing with chart topping artists where programming sounds as accurately to the record as possible is imperative along with being able to play intricate piano and synth parts live. From here I developed my business and started doing remote sessions on the side when I'm not on the road. I've been working as a professional musician for 15 years.

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

  10. A: All. Pop, Rock, Classical, Jazz, etc.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: My parts add excitement and life sonically to a clients project.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I have my main board a Korg Kronos X that I primarily use to program with, in addition to plug ins including Arturia, Kontakt, Native Instruments, Uhe, etc. I have an Apollo x6 interface. I also own a Minibrute, ARP Odyssey, Roland Juno, Jupiter modules, and more. I also have a Shure SM7B I use for Vocals. This set up gives me a lot of options to deliver on clients specific requests.

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

  16. A: Remote keyboard tracking. Clients ask for piano or synthesizer parts, I do my best to deliver on their vision sonically within a short timeframe/turn-around.

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Concrete Angel (Acoustic Version) by Christina Novelli

I was the Session Pianist in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Korg Kronos X
  • Arp Odyssey
  • Logic Pro X
  • Ableton Live 9
  • UAD Apollo x6 interface
  • Shure SM7B
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