Hale White

REAL grand piano, B3, keys,

25 Reviews (19 Verified)
Hale White on SoundBetter

I record cinematic quality, pro studio grade piano, real Hammond B3 organ, and other keyboard/synth instruments. My studio features a Steinway B grand, REAL Hammond B3 organ, recorded w/ professional $$ microphones. I can create pro parts you need to make your songs stand out. Country, Pop, to Jazz, etc. I can read or create arrangements.

Hello! You've found the best kept keys secret on Soundbetter! I'm a piano/B3/keys player and producer working in Nashville's music industry for over 20 yrs. I can give you that Nashville sound, Rock, Pop, Indie, Jazz, etc. I can record Wurly, Rhodes, acoustic piano, B3 organ, synth, strings, etc... I offer a variety of industry leading samples or can record from my Steinway grand for ultimate vibe and realism. My piano and B3 organ have been professionally maintained. Nothing beats a high dollar mic capturing real life strings and a Leslie cab. You’ll feel the difference! My prices are based on delivering recordings of real instruments. Sampled instruments are more affordable.

I love working from my home studio almost just as much as traditional studios in Nashville. It gives me the time to really explore the nuances of your song and extract the best!

My style is versatile, but I most often end up playing various permutations of Country, Pop, and Jazz. 23 years of live touring and recording credits include, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Johnny Lee, TG Sheppard, Collin Raye, and more. My gear/instruments include top brands such as, Yamaha, Steinway, Nord, RME, ROLI, Applied Acoustics, Native Instruments, FXpansion, Spectrasonics, Softube, Steinberg, Akai, Austrian Audio, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, and tons of high fidelity samples that can be used on your project.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

25 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Michael B.

    Hale is such a pro. He seemingly intuitively nails the tone, vibe, and style every time I work with him and adds so much to the track with his excellent playing.

  2. Review by Michael B.

    Hale's the best - a fantastic musician who's flexible, has a great playing style, and works quickly too!

  3. Review by Stefan W.

    Hale is a great pianist with an awesome sound. Top notch customer service too. Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Michael B.

    Hale works really fast and nails it on the first try every time - no revisions needed. Fantastic musician.

  5. Review by Michael B.

    Hale's simply the best. I'm working on an album at home, and I'm at the point where I just count on his piano being the glue or lift for many of the tracks. He doesn't disappoint.

  6. Review by lorenzo g.

    Again, Hale perfectly understood what I needed; and he did more: he completely got the mood of my song. No money could pay back the work he does. THank you Hale for being such a marvellous musician and such a beautiful soul.

  7. Review by Michael B.

    Cannot say enough great things about Hale. Extremely easy to work with, an excellent and sympathetic musician, and turned an alternate take on a piece within 24 hours. Highly recommend.

  8. Review by Michael B.

    Super easy to work with, great sounding recordings, and really flexible. Will be reaching out to Hale again for sure. Highly recommend.

  9. Review by Julia Messenger

    Wonderful person and willing to go that extra mile! Patient and kind with the changes and cares a lot about what he delivers! Files were clear and quality. I will use Hale again - thank you!

  10. Review by gina
    by gina

    This was my second song with Hale. He's so easy to work with and gave me exactly what I needed.

  11. Review by Magnus
    by Magnus

    Excellent musicianship and helpful with arrangements. Everything top quality!

  12. Review by Magnus S.

    I got really beautifully played piano tracks from Hale. It was a real pleasure working with him, he listened to all my directions and made excellent note choices.

  13. Review by gina
    by gina

    Hale was so fun and great to work with the first time, that I hired him again. Communication and revisions are easy peasy and the tracks are absolutely perfect. He is a super talent.

  14. Review by gina
    by gina

    Fast, fabulous and funny! Revisions were quick and easy. Love how he played the piano part - it was exactly what I wanted to hear.

  15. Review by lorenzo g.

    Second time with Hale...Even better than the first. He gave me a touching track, just what I needed for a song so personal to me. He really made me feel that he "lived" the song...If you get him on board guys, don't ever let him go.

  16. Review by Rickey W.

    What a great talented guy!!! So here’s the deal…Hale not only utilized his own musical instinct and talent…but he also listened to my opinion and needs for my song and took both ingredients (both our minds) and composed the perfect piano composition for my song I wrote. Super happy with the ending result. We already have plans to do more songs in the future. Hopefully made a good new friend too! Don’t hesitate to use Hale!

  17. Review by Phil K.

    Hale was super responsive, communicative and passionate about tracking piano and pad synth for our re-creation of a specific live arrangement of Don Henley's "Heart of Matter" that we did for a client. The tracks were spot-on and I would highly recommend him for your project.

  18. Review by lorenzo g.

    Hale was very easy to work with and provided a great piano track. He perfectly understood what I needed and I will surely come back to him again.

  19. Review by Corey K.

    Hale did an excellent job adding piano to a song I was working on. Very high quality, very quick turn around time, and it gave the song just what it needed! Will definitely be using him again for future piano work.

  20. Review by Bill O'Neil
    by Bill O'Neil

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Interview with Hale White

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I was especially proud to work on TG Sheppard's first new album in the last 20-something years. It's called "Midnight in Memphis". I played piano and organ on it. It's a great sounding record recorded mostly at Ocean Way studios in Nashville. The names of other players on that record reads like a Hall of Fame inductee list. TG sounds as good as ever on it.

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

  4. A: An indie project that needs sort of a "hipster piano" part. Really ambient and folksy. I did a synth pad part for it last week to help build the bed. Now the producer wants some sparse piano decorations on it. Will probably give it a quirky, mellow upright piano kind of vibe. I have some really good Nord samples for that.

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

  6. A: I honestly haven't checked, to see who all is on here, but I know my guitar picking friend Austin Crum is. I would recommend him for your country project in a heartbeat.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital for my day-to-day. Because it's 2020. I love analog, though. I've recorded analog many times in the past, Tape, magnetic energy, saturation... what's not to love? Old school is new cool.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise to give the something of high quality that fits their song.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I'm in charge of my schedule, mostly. Interaction with other musical minds and creative types.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: "Can you do that Pig Robbins sorta thing?" "Can you do some of those gospel church sounding licks?" "Can you just do whatever you think works best?"

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

  16. A: That it's glamorous. That it's filled with lifestyles of the rich and famous. That it's a cakewalk. That it's not "real work".

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

  18. A: What are your influences? What do you hear on this? What does your song make you think of? How dominant do you want the piano to be? How many more instruments do you plan on adding so I can leave space?

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

  20. A: My advice is to try me out. I'm a new account and don't have any reviews yet! I can give you something that will make you want to leave a good one!

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

  22. A: 1) My Baldwin grand piano, 2) my RME interface, 3) my Yamaha S90 ES, 4) my computer 5) my Beyerdynamic headphones.

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

  24. A: 20 years of doing this at a professional level. I started taking piano lessons at 5 years old and just never gave up. Went to college for it, started working in Nashville, and just tried to keep the ball rolling. Things lead to things, lead to other things, etc.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Chameleon.

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

  28. A: Trisha Yearwood. I think she has the best voice in country music. Her music is authentic and mature, just like her voice. Also, John Mayer. He's a musician's musician. I've spent many, many hours listening to his superb songwriting and recordings.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: If something bothers you about a track, there's probably a good reason. Hunt it down and neutralize it! Oh, one more.... Don't trust tired ears. Sleep on it when you have the time to do so. You'll often be surprised how much you like what you thought you wouldn't.

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

  32. A: Country, Gospel, jazz, pop, indie

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Playing a convincing part that sounds right at home in commercial use. "Sounds like the radio" kind of parts.

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

  36. A: I bring experience and a great ear.

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

  38. A: I listen to the song while eating breakfast and making coffee. If the client does not provide a chart, I'll go into my studio to make one. Then I'll just start playing it. If I'm supposed to play the intro, I'll have a solid idea of what that'll be after the first listen. I'll make sure my keyboard/piano sound fits into the mix as best it can before tracking, because I like to hear it in the most pleasing way possible while tracking and I don't like to send something the client has to work on and tweak. I want it to just fall into place for them with minimal effort on their part. Many times I'll more or less nail it on the first take, possibly a couple punches are needed. Sometimes I'll do 3-4 takes if more ideas are coming to me and I think I have one better in me. More often than not, the first 1-2 takes has that special quality and I end up going with that one.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: It's very simple and purpose built. A desk, a couple monitors, surrounded by keyboards on three sides of me. I mostly use the latest versions Cubase and Logic Pro as my DAW.

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

  42. A: As a Nashville based musician, I stand upon a lot of worthy shoulders from the last several decades. Really too many to list here. I sort of absorb everything that was worth absorbing. No doubt I've had a lot of musical osmosis with the songs people like Matt Rollings and John Hobbs, Pig Robbins and others have influenced me, in addition to some big names like Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Bruce Hornsby.

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

  44. A: Recording sessions, song production, some live work, mostly showcases these days. I stay pretty busy with overdubs from my home studio, sometimes string arrangements, synth parts, but more often than not, it's piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and B3. People call me when they need a real "player", somebody who not only has technical ability, but can achieve "that sound". It's sort of an "I know it when I hear it" kind of thing. I consider myself a "piano preservationist" in that I can accurately replicate styles from past eras, something that is pretty rare unless you hire the actual musicians who played on the originals 20-30+ years ago.

Compilation of one mixed song and individual raw piano tracks

I was the piano, organ, engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I typically offer at least one revision and a discount if I'm hired for multiple tracks. I'm pretty flexible and aim to please.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jim Cox
  • Matt Rollings
  • Pig Robbins
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha S90ES
  • Hammond B3
  • ROLI Seaboard
  • Nord Electro
  • Steinway grand
  • Omnisphere
  • Keyscape
  • Austrian Audio
  • Audio Technica
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SoundBetter Deal

25% discount on 2nd track if hired for two instruments on same song.

  • Honing and RefiningJul 09, 2022

    I recently installed new hammers on my Steinway B and will be voicing the hammers very soon.  I can't wait to hear how the tone and character of the piano is enhanced after this is complete.  The piano already sounds incredibly good, but will sound even better in the coming days!

    If you need a world class acoustic grand piano on your record project, I've got just the ticket for you!

  • New piano in my studio!Feb 06, 2022

    I’m now tracking down on a beautiful Steinway Model B.  It’s definitely raised my game and I’m excited to offer its capabilities and glorious sound for your recording needs!  It really doesn’t get any better. This model piano is the envy and prized possession of recording studios around the world and I’m now a proud owner!  

  • New desk coming!Sep 07, 2021

    Just ordered a new mixing desk for my studio with large keyboard tray.  It will give me some more elbow room and enhance my workflow on forthcoming projects.  Always better to be comfortable when you're creating.

  • New mics in the studio!Jul 14, 2021

    New microphone acquisition!!  Just picked up a pair of Austrian Audio OC818 condenser mics.  What a pleasing sound.  So accurate, so natural.  Love at first listen!!  I've already used these on a couple tracks and clients have been very pleased!

  • New VST addition!Jun 28, 2021

    Just bought Lounge Lizard EP-4 last week.  Great addition.  I should’ve got it sooner.  Tons of realistic control over Rhodes and Wurlitzer sounds!  Can’t wait to use it on some Soundbetter jobs!

  • Positive trends in motion!Jun 13, 2021

    Happy to say that overdub work has been increasing lately! This feels vaguely, um, "normal" after a long period of abnormal.  Hmm, I wonder what caused that??  Ha!  I'm so thankful for the technology we have today and things like Soundbetter.