Charlie Lowell

Piano, keys & synth tracks

18 Reviews (16 Verified)
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With 25+ years in the music business, I have spent two decades touring & recording in the alt-pop band Jars of Clay (3 Grammys, 10+ Dove Awards), multi-platinum records and experience in many genres. Now I am off the road, building tracks and compositions and lending my keyboard skills to other's records.

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 and played worldwide. I play anything with keys, including B3 and accordion, play well by ear or chart, and have my own studio & setup accessible every day.

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18 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ryan S.

    Charles is an amazing, creative guy to work with! I’m so glad he helped me on my project!

  2. Review by Jason M.

    True professional. Charlie is a legend in his time. I grew up with his music and now am blessed to have him lay down some killer keyboards on my track. I wasn't done with the song but Charlie was able to work around that. He has a good sense of texture and rhythm which helped for what I was going for. He came up with a good hook for my chorus before I even had vocals. In fact he gave me more tracks than I'd expected which is awesome for production. Always good to have choices! Thanks Charlie

  3. Review by Christopher S.

    Working with Charlie was a completely effortless and fluid experience. We brought him a near complete song that just needed that modern production edge and he delivered the perfect back-beat, ambiance, padding, and mix that really took things to the next level. He was quick with his responses/delivery and was very receptive of any feedback we gave him along the way. Would strongly recommend to others, and will be working with him again for sure!

  4. Review by Kiat G.

    Great work by Charlie! Highly recommended :))

  5. Review by Mattias L.

    Great work and he added one organ track, Charlie is the man if you need piano for your song.

  6. Review by Roman J. Schwendt

    Great musician, lovely feeling... I told him the idea of my sound and he brought me a lovely piano added with a few synths within 24 hours!! Looking forward for working with him again.

  7. Review by Tar C.

    I mean c'mon...Charlie is a consumate pro who has serious talent and chops! This is my third track with him and he's a keeper. I don't want to share him!!

  8. Review by Brian K.

    My song sounds great! This is my second time working with Charlie and I'm so glad I did. He has a great ear and I love what he came up with! He is a good communicator and has a very fast turnaround time. He gave me lots of tracks to choose from with lots of different sounds and ideas. I will definitely work with him again and I highly recommend him to others. Thanks so much, Charlie!

  9. Review by Brian K.

    Charlie was great to work with. I love what he added to my song and the melody he came up with! He was very responsive and fast and a great communicator. When I asked him to make edits, he was super cool and I appreciate that. I would definitely work with him again. Thanks so much, Charlie!

  10. Review by Hudomir

    Great work! Quality of the sound and the playing are exceptional and he truly understands the vision you have for your track. I absolutely recommend.

  11. Review by g3arboi

    It was really great working with Charlie. Super quick turnover with a great ear and interpretation!

  12. Review by Cove Music Studio

    Flawless tracks, prompt... I'm not sure how he is with revisions cause we didn't have any! No complaints!!

  13. Review by Bruce C.

    Charlie provided some keyboard accompaniment to a pop rock song. This was my second gig with Charlie and this experience was no different - nice accompaniment, good collaboration and communication. I also appreciated Charlie's swift turnaround to a fairly time sensitive project.

  14. Review by Tar C.

    As a musician, my goal is to evoke real emotion. Unbridled and pure.
    Charlie Lowell has a natural ease in his playing and an inherent melodic sense which added emotional depth to my song.
    Quick response and turnaround, but more importantly...the track greatly improved because he played on it.

  15. Review by Gabriel B.

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

  16. Review by Tar C.

    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 :)

  17. Review by Derek Webb

    charlie has played on a handful of projects i've been involved in, plus live performances, and he's an insane talent and unendingly kind. such an egoless & innovative player.

  18. Review by Andrew Brown

    5 stars doesn't quite do Charlie justice. I've had the pleasure of working with him in various live and studio settings, and not only is he divinely talented and efficient, but he's one of the kindest people you'll encounter. I jump at the chance to work with him on any project. You won't regret this hire!

Interview with Charlie Lowell

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

  2. A: Piano, Wurly, Synth tracks on songs, as well as ambient electronic beds. I love the bells & whistles... glockenspiel, celeste, kalimba.

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

  4. A: 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.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: 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.

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

  8. A: 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.

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

  10. A: I bring a strong gut for melody, sequencing and theory. I love collaborating and helping filter through ideas for the best ones.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Collaboration and co-writing are my best skills. I also enjoy creating emotional, cinematic tracks from sparse to lush.

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

  14. A: 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.

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

  16. A: 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.

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

  18. A: Feist. She is a model to me of creative arrangements, dynamic performance, quirky songwriting and style.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Chillout, dream pop, melodic smart pop.

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

  22. A: 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.

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

  24. A: 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.

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

  26. A: I love collaborating and bringing my strengths to make a song stronger and more interesting.

  27. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  28. A: Both- depending on the context, as a keyboard player, I have a mix of analog and digital and love them both for different reasons.

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

  30. A: I have released a handful of few tracks aka "Hollow // Hum", collaborating with other vocalists and writers, and I am wrapping an EP for an artist (indie pop genre) and a few composing jobs for short films & companies.


I was the Co-writer, producer, mixer in this production

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