Danielle McGinley

Dynamic Session Keyboardist

24 Reviews (20 Verified)
Danielle McGinley on SoundBetter

I've had the privilege of collaborating with some of the industry's biggest chart-topping artists including Demi Lovato, Niall Horan & Marina (and The Diamonds). With over 15 years of experience, I specialize in creating dynamic and memorable keyboard tracks that perfectly complement any project.

With a passion for music that started at the age of 4, I've spent over 15 professional years honing my craft as a versatile and dynamic keyboardist. Starting with Classical Piano and transitioning to Jazz in my teenage years, I went on to earn a degree in Popular Music Performance. Since then, I've gained a wealth of experience performing live shows, headlining festivals, and touring the world with some of the industry's most incredible artists.

As a sought-after session musician, I offer a range of services to take your music to the next level. From crafting memorable piano and synth tracks to writing top-line melodies and recording ethereal pop vocals, I can bring a unique and creative touch to any project. I'm also available for live show programming and musical directing, ensuring that your performance is nothing short of spectacular.

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

Whether you need a versatile and creative musician or an expert keyboard player, I'm here to bring your musical vision to life. Let's collaborate and make magic happen.

Contact me today to discuss your project and discover how I can help you achieve your musical goals.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.


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24 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Glenn Angell

    Danielle is a wonderful professional to work with! Her keyboard - synth playing beautifully enhances the song in exactly the way I was "hearing in my head." What could be better than that? Workflow was efficient, uncomplicated. Her communication during the project was friendly, quick, and clear and much appreciated on my end! She is very flexible, patient and collaborates with you to get you the parts you need. It's a real pleasure to work with such a talented professional as her!

  2. Review by Jill K.

    Danielle is a pleasure to work with and expressed my song with excellent skills and nuance. Her communication is timely and clear, and I looking forward to our next project!

  3. Review by Gary M.

    I can't imagine a nicer person to work with than Danielle. She has all the piano chops, and wants to get it right as much as you do. Her playing always elevates. When you're dealing with online players, finding someone who is talented and dependable is gold.

  4. Review by Gary M.

    No matter what the job, Danielle delivers the goods. Never disappointing, and always adds to the song. And oh yeah, she's terrific to work with.

  5. Review by Danilo C.

    Amazing as always

  6. Review by Danilo C.

    Danielle is amazing. Very professional, easy to communicate with and incredibly talented. She took my song to new heights with the elements she brought in. I’ll definitely be reaching out again soon!

  7. Review by Gary M.

    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.

  8. Review by Gary M.

    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.

  9. Review by Ben L.
    by Ben L.

    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.

  10. Review by Massimo D.

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

  11. Review by Tim L.
    by Tim L.

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

  12. Review by Gary M.

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

  13. Review by Tim L.
    by Tim L.

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

  14. Review by Tim L.
    by Tim L.

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

  15. Review by Tim L.
    by Tim L.

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

  16. Review by Gary M.

    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.

  17. Review by Oriel P.

    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.

  18. Review by Douglass

    Danielle was super responsive and a total pro!

  19. Review by Anna L.

    Total pro, badass playing, super fast. Thanks Danielle!

  20. Review by Arrow M.

    Excellent player! Can capture a vibe quickly and sell it! Great communication too. Thank you Danielle!

Interview with Danielle McGinley

  1. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  2. A: I would advise a customer to first consider their specific needs for their project. Then, when looking for a provider like me, they should research the provider's experience and portfolio to ensure they are a good fit for the project. It's also important to communicate openly and clearly about expectations, timelines, and budget to ensure a smooth and successful collaboration. Finally, I would encourage the customer to trust their instincts and choose a provider they feel confident and comfortable working with.

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

  4. A: Easy - I would bring my Korg Kronos X, Dave Smith Prophet 12, Roland TR-8, Shure SM7B microphone, and Apollo x6 interface. With these tools, I would have a powerful synthesizer workstation, a beast of an analogue synth, a versatile drum machine, a high-quality microphone for recording vocals, and a reliable audio interface to capture my creations.

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

  6. A: I've been honing my piano and keyboard skills since childhood and started playing gigs in my late teens, where I learned how to program keyboards and synths. This led to session work with chart-topping artists, where accurately reproducing the sonic textures of recorded tracks was essential. Over the past 15 years, I've continued to develop my expertise as a session keyboardist and pianist, performing live shows and world tours and providing remote sessions to clients around the world.

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

  8. A: I have been inspired by the work of Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, and Prince (RIP) for many years, and I would love the opportunity to collaborate with any of them. However, as someone who is always looking to push my boundaries and explore new musical territory, I am equally excited about the prospect of working with up-and-coming artists who are pushing the envelope in their own unique way. Ultimately, I am passionate about making great music with great people, regardless of their level of fame or recognition.

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

  10. A: I have had the pleasure of working on a wide variety of music over the years, ranging from singer/songwriter tracks to pop songs and hard rock anthems, as well as jazzier tunes. As a session keyboard player/pianist, I have developed a versatile skill set that allows me to adapt to different genres and styles with ease. Some of my favorite projects to work on include pop, rock, electronic, and R&B, but I'm always excited to explore new musical territories and collaborate with artists from all backgrounds.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I believe my strongest skill is my ability to bring a unique musical perspective to each project I work on. With over 15 years of experience, I have honed my craft in a variety of genres and styles, allowing me to add creative and dynamic elements to each song. Whether it's crafting intricate piano parts or designing innovative synth sounds, my goal is always to enhance the overall sonic landscape and bring out the best in each composition.

  13. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  14. A: As a session keyboard player/pianist, I bring a combination of technical proficiency, creativity, and musicality to each project I work on. My years of experience have taught me how to listen deeply to the music and to collaborate effectively with other musicians and producers. I have a deep understanding of a wide range of musical styles and am able to bring fresh ideas and unique perspectives to any project I work on. Whether it's adding a subtle layer of texture or a bold melodic line, my goal is always to enhance the emotional impact of the music and help it connect with listeners on a deeper level. Ultimately, I strive to bring out the best in every song I work on and help it reach its full potential.

  15. Q: What's your typical work process?

  16. A: My typical work process involves first getting a clear understanding of the client's project and their specific needs. I'll ask questions and request reference material if necessary to ensure I have a complete understanding of their vision. Then, I'll begin the creative process, experimenting with different sounds, chords, and progressions until I find the right combination that captures the client's desired mood and emotion. Once I have a solid foundation, I'll refine the performance and add any additional layers or production elements necessary to achieve the final product. Finally, I'll deliver the tracks to the client for review and provide up to 2 revisions as needed to ensure complete satisfaction with the end result.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: As a professional session keyboard player/pianist, I take great pride in my studio setup, which is designed to deliver top-quality audio recordings for my clients. At the heart of my setup is a Korg Kronos X keyboard, which I use for programming and arranging. I also utilize a range of software plugins from companies such as Arturia, Kontakt, Native Instruments, and Uhe to achieve the desired sounds. My audio interface is a Universal Audio Apollo x6, which provides pristine sound quality and low latency monitoring. In addition to my keyboard and software setup, I have an arsenal of analog synths including a Dave Smith Prophet 12, a Minibrute, ARP Odyssey, Roland Juno, Jupiter modules, and more to provide clients with a wide range of sonic options. To capture vocals, I use a Shure SM7B, which is renowned for its warm, clear sound. With this setup, I am able to deliver high-quality recordings in a timely manner, no matter the project.

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

  20. A: As a session keyboard player/pianist, I specialize in remote session work for clients. This typically involves creating and recording high-quality piano and synth tracks, organ tracks, and other keyboard parts in a wide range of genres - from singer/songwriter to full production pop tracks, to hard rock songs. With over 15 years of experience working with chart-topping artists, I have developed a keen ability to deliver on my clients' sonic vision within a short timeframe/turnaround.

  21. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  22. A: Both! Best of both worlds

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

  24. A: Mike Avenaim, best drummer around.

Concrete Angel (Acoustic Version) by Christina Novelli

I was the Session Pianist in this production

Terms Of Service

2 free revisions, $50/revision after. Full payment before delivery. Files in high quality. Cancelling = $50/hr. All communication via platform. Typical 1 week turnaround time unless otherwise stated.

Gear Highlights
  • Korg Kronos 2
  • Dave Smith Prophet 12
  • Arp Odyssey
  • Logic Pro X
  • Ableton Live 11 Suite
  • UAD Apollo x6 interface
  • UAD Apollo Twin
  • Shure SM7B
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