I love adding the finishing touches on a track, from counter-melodies to new textures & melodies, the things that make a song really pop so the listener hits REPEAT.

I grew up playing both classically-trained and pop piano by ear as I got older. I met a few friends in college and we formed the multi-platinum band, Jars of Clay. Over 20 years of touring, we wrote & recorded 12 albums (some w/ producers, some self-produced) and won 3 Grammys over our career. I play anything with keys, including B3 and accordion, play well by ear or chart, and have my own studio & setup accessible every day. My artist/production name is Hollow//Hum, first single "Something On Fire (feat. REMMI) is out on all digital streaming outlets.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Charlie Lowell:

  • Jars of Clay
  • David Wilcox
  • Daniel Christian
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Brandon Heath
  • Jars of Clay
  • Colleen McCarron
  • Lullaby Players
  • David Waxman
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Jars of Clay
  • Sleepytime Worship
  • Brandon Heath
  • Brandon Heath
  • Max Lucado
  • Bluegrass Tribute Players
  • Flatfoot 56
  • Flatfoot 56
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jerome Paden Jr.
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Sybersound
  • Bebo Norman
  • Bebo Norman
  • Jars of Clay
  • Derek Webb
  • Derek Webb
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • KJ-52
  • Drew's Famous
  • Parkway
  • Parkway
  • Lincoln Brewster
  • Exodus
  • David Wilcox
  • David Wilcox
  • X-Treme
  • Three Crosses
  • Jars of Clay
  • Christopher Young
  • Mancy A'lan Kane
  • Mancy A'lan Kane
  • Mancy A'lan Kane
  • Mancy A'lan Kane
  • Mancy A'lan Kane
  • Sarah Jahn
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Three Crosses
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Jars of Clay
  • Awake...
  • Karaoke

Gear highlights

  • CP-70
  • OmniChord
  • accordion
  • Hammond B3
  • Rhodes
  • Wurlitzer
  • upright spinnet piano
  • and dozens of virtual synth plugins.

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Charlie Lowell

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Pleasure to work with, had a clear vision of what I wanted and good communication. Highly recommended!

  • Listing_thumb_tar_crystalline5 months agoby Verified Review

    This was such a great and effortless transaction.
    I love the tracks Charlie provided.
    Beautiful and lush, they added depth to my song.
    He read my post carefully and gave me exactly what I needed! Can't wait to mix them :)

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Interview with Charlie Lowell

What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a few tracks aka "Hollow // Hum", collaborating with other vocalists and writers, and should have a single releasing in 2016.
Analog or digital and why?
Both- depending on the context, as a keyboard player, I have a mix of analog and digital and love them both for different reasons.
What do you like most about your job?
I love collaborating and bringing my strengths to make a song stronger and more interesting.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Try me! I'm very interactive and open to direction, but can go from zero as well and create track(s) that compliment and support the song at hand.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Over 20 years with my band, Jars of Clay. We came off the road 2 years ago, and I began working on my own tracks and songs.
How would you describe your style?
Chillout, dream pop, melodic smart pop.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Feist. She is a model to me of creative arrangements, dynamic performance, quirky songwriting and style.
Can you share one music production tip?
I think at the end of the day, it's all about the melody. There's a fine line between adding too much (over-production) and simply supporting a great vocal & great melody. That's the space i'm after.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Typically in my studio, it's electronic based, or simpler arrangements w/ songwriters, but when I go do sessions in Nashville, I play organ, piano, etc on rock, folk, pop and country records.
What's your strongest skill?
Collaboration and co-writing are my best skills. I also enjoy creating emotional, cinematic tracks from sparse to lush.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a strong gut for melody, sequencing and theory. I love collaborating and helping filter through ideas for the best ones.
What's your typical work process?
I start with a bed or rhythm as a muse, and work out from there... I often finish a whole cinematic instrumental track, then work w/ a vocalist to write over it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have Logic Pro X on my MacBook Pro. My outboard gear is limited, but I'm growing my virtual plugins and have some great Genelec monitors. I love the Olafur Arnalds Composer Toolkit that Spitfire Audio put out, as well as Native Instruments Komplete sounds and the Corda custom piano instrument.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My favorite artist growing up was Crowded House/ Neil Finn. Lots of Tears For Fears, Cure, Depeche Mode, and into college, influences like Sting, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan. These days, Feist, High Highs, Japanese House, Soren Juul, and Arcade Fire are consistent favorites.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Piano, Wurly, Synth tracks on songs, as well as ambient electronic beds. I love the bells & whistles... glockenspiel, celeste, kalimba.