Reed Pittman

Piano/Keys/Vox/Producer

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I aim to add emotion and creativity to your song, whether through keys parts, vocals, production and mixing. I can give it a distinct lift or add glue, depending on what your needs are. I love creating music and would love to be a part of your project!

I am full-time musician based in Nashville, TN. I'd be thrilled to record any keys parts you're looking for, be it acoustic piano, hammond B3 or any other organic sounds as well as any synthesizers and quirky textures if that's what you need. I can also do vocals for you. I can sing BGV or lead if needed. I have a home studio with everything that it needs to get you great sounding tracks.

I can mix your track for you or do full-on production if that's what you need. The sample medleys featured here are all songs that I played the keys parts on, produced and mixed.

I am also a seasoned songwriter/artist with song placements on ABC, CBS, Fox, Disney, Netflix, Hulu, Freeform, A&E and MTV.

I have toured with various artists such as Lady A, David Nail, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Ellie Holcomb, Francesca Battistelli, Dave Barnes, Brandon Heath and Cassadee Pope, among many others, while also doing plenty of studio work and writing/composing during my time at home in Nashville. I am comfortable in almost any style of music and would love to add something special to your track.

Whether you know exactly what you need or you are looking for me to help you shape your song, hit me up and let's make some music!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Reed Pittman
  • Mike Mentz*
  • Marie Miller (2)
  • David Nail
  • Ruthie Collins
  • Ryan Kinder
  • Various

Languages

  • English

218 Reviews - 35 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Steve B.
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    It's always a human and professional pleasure to hire Reed on keys for my songs. This time with pad synth strings in a very groovy central African soulful music.
    And he did it masterfully again.
    Thank you bro and see you next time!

  2. Review by Otis birdy
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    I could already hear Reed's production quality available on his Spotify, which gave me confidence for this first collaboration.

    I'm a producer myself, but for a side project, I didn't have the time or the inspiration to do it.

    Having a clear idea in my mind, I needed someone to make it happen. And being a picky person, that wasn't necessarily a simple thing to do.

    But Reed hit the nail on the head with his first proposal! And that makes me feel very lucky. I'm already planning to collaborate

  3. Review by Jeffrey M.
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    Once again, Reed has blown me away! His arrangement and piano playing have brought my song to life in a way that makes me so happy. His talent is off the charts and I'm excited to keep working together. Thank you Reed!!

  4. Review by Mike G.
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    Always enjoy working with Reed, super tasty and has great instincts for a song, highly recommend!

  5. Review by Jay DellIsola
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    Reed has an amazing feel and did a great job on our piano ballad. turn around was really fast and he took the time to understand what we wanted but also added his own tough. would love to work with him in the future as much as possible.

  6. Review by Alex
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    Reed's performance was exceptional! His piano playing added a beautiful, nuanced layer to my track. His creativity and skill shone through every note. I am excited to work with him again soon. Highly recommended! Can't wait to start on the next one.

  7. Review by Steve B.
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    Great to work with, very consistent with the high quality even after so many songs together!

  8. Review by Richard D.
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    Reed is a pro. What else can I say. He delivers top-quality keyboard and vocal tracks every time. He's very good at communicating with a client..and easy to work with. I will use him again on my next record!

  9. Review by Jeffrey M.
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    Reed is amazing and I'm really grateful to have found him here! He mixed and mastered my song and it turned out better than I hoped for. His knowledge and handling of my vocals blew me away because I have had a hard time finding someone who knew how to bring that professional quality. Reed also was very kind and easy to work with. Thank you Reed and I can't wait to work together again!

  10. Review by Brett the Writer
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    Always killing the game, bro! Thanks for being awesome!

  11. Review by Jim H.
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    Second time working with Reed, and he delivers again, the perfect interpretation of a piano track for my new song. On time and no revisions needed. Great guy to work with.

  12. Review by Tyler Batts
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    Reed always puts the perfect touch on a song. He has a great ear for hearing exactly what a song needs. Excited to work together on more projects!

  13. Review by Jeffrey M.
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    Working with Reed was awesome! He is so easy to communicate with and he made my song better that I had hoped for. His arrangement and beautiful playing added so much depth and an elegance to this song. Excited to work with Reed again!

  14. Review by Steve B.
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    What more can I say about Reed's evocative playing and professional flexibility? I feel like I strike gold every time I do a project with him.
    Thank you Reed!

  15. Review by Louisa B.
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    Amazing to work with! It was fun to collaborate together. It didn't feel like I was another number, or that he was trying to brush off the project and get it over with. It felt like we were really working together on the song. I also felt very heard. Which is really nice. Thank you so much Reed!

  16. Review by Tyler Batts
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    Reed has a great ear and always goes above and beyond to make sure I get what I need!

  17. Review by Brett the Writer
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    10/10!

  18. Review by Cole Shannon
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    Reed places a lot of importance on knowing your vision for the song. He delivered a beautiful piano part for me, and with a very quick turn around! Highly recommend working with Reed.

  19. Review by Brett the Writer
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    Thanks bro!!!!

  20. Review by Brett the Writer
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    Heck yeah!!!!!!

Interview with Reed Pittman

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

  2. A: There's a couple I'd name. One is called "Uncovered." It's a collection of covers that David Nail released a few years ago and I did all the piano/synth work on it. I think we did some really cool arranging of some familiar songs. Another project that is Ruthie Collins' record "Cold Comfort". I played piano on it; we tracked live at Curb Studios in Nashville. It's a record with great writing and production and 100% worth the listen. And lastly, I produced David Nail's EP's "Bootheel 2020" and "Bootheel 2021" and I produced my LP "Expectations." I think both of these are great examples of some of my instincts as a producer and the colors and textures I find really pleasing. Any artist is of course proud of the work they release but I'm really happy with the stuff I've done under my name as well as Common Heights.

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

  4. A: I'm always working on various projects for sync, be it my own stuff, my band Common Heights, or my composer pseudonym Boreís. I am doing a lot of production at the moment as well with a few different indie artists, and then of course the steady session work on keys and vocals.

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

  6. A: Josh Sudduth or Pat Kiloran for production and Peter Ferguson for guitar. These dudes are great musicians and friends. Also, my wife, Callie Cryar. Objectively - she is a dynamite vocalist!

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

  8. A: Nord stage 3. Shure SM7B. MacBook Pro (with all my software/plugins). Apollo x4. Puerh tea (to drink - gotta stay hydrated!).

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

  10. A: I've been at it for 16 years professionally. After 4 years of studying music at Belmont and graduating in 2007, I've been cracking away at music since. I was primarily a live player for many of those early years but as time has gone along I've done more and more studio work and songwriting.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: I think I lean towards the moody, cinematic stuff. I have a lot of pop and jazz influences but I think I am pretty versatile stylistically - depending on what the client is looking for.

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

  14. A: Listen to thing that inspire you and try to match that. It's good to know how other people got sounds you liked so that you constantly grow your tools. Then - be creative and do your own thing. Don't only copy other people but studying stuff you love is a great start.

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

  16. A: All kinds. I guess being in Nashville it's most commonly country music but there's a lot of pop work as well. I've done a few jazz and R&B projects recently that I think turned out really great.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: I have a home studio with a few different keyboards (Nord's, primarily) as well as a Yamaha upright piano built in the late 80's that sounds terrific. I use a Shure SM7B for vocals typically and I run things through an Apollo x4 and a UA LA-610. I use sE8's on my upright piano.

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

  20. A: I listen to various genres but from a lyrical standpoint, I really have grown to love the likes of John Mayer, Jason Isbell and some other alternative country artists. For production or melodic inspiration, I turn to Bon Iver, Asgeir and Ethan Gruska

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: I"m a player first so definitely my ability at the keys. That skill is my most practiced and refined. I also feel I am a strong singer and have really come into my own as a producer/mixer.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: Either. Depends on the context.

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

  26. A: To deliver a great product in a timely manner that hopefully exceeds their expectations!

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

  28. A: Creating. Making something new that wasn't there before. That and improvising in a live gig on the spot. Again - it's a moment of pure inspiration and I think that's worth chasing.

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

  30. A: Haha! How much is this gonna cost? Nah kidding - I guess hey can you do this? And I usually say yes because even if it's not 100% in my wheelhouse it's a great chance to learn.

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

  32. A: I think it's that traveling around playing music is always amazing and fun and never a grind. It absolutely can be at times. It also is an incredible job that I do not take for granted but it's a hustle just like any work!

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

  34. A: I try to be thorough to save time for both people. I try to know as much as I can about what they're hearing/wanting. Some clients have been very helpful to be really thorough and clear up front. The more info, the better, in most cases.

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

  36. A: Find the person who is enthusiastic about your project and wants to get it right and tries to understand what you're looking for! You're paying and should get a great product!

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

  38. A: I mentioned him already, but Justin Vernon is pretty high on the list. He has an incredible ear for melody and always seems to know the mood he wants to create with his music and then he executes it so beautifully. That would be a cool collaboration.

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

  40. A: I think I'm great at adding color or something unique, whether that be a little hook here or there or a choice vocally that's maybe left of center. I can certainly do the down the middle thing if that's desired but I like to think outside the box and take a chance here and there.

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

  42. A: Depends on the job, but, I like to listen to the demo/worktape and chart it first before anything and also listen to references if any are given. It helps me wrap my head around the song and gather ideas for tracking. I like to do a few takes before I settle but sometimes that first take will have the magic and I'll just roll with that one and make a few edits.

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

  44. A: I do all kinds of things, including wearing the production and mixing hat more often these days. My bread and butter for a long time has been any keyboard needs and BGV or lead vocals.

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Terms Of Service

Fast turnaround (within 72 hours depending on touring schedule) for keys/vox. Two free revisions. Co-writing splits are negotiable. If it is mixing or producing, 1-2 weeks turnaround.

GenresSounds Like
  • John Mayer
  • Chris Martin
  • Jackson Browne
Gear Highlights
  • Nord Stage 3
  • Nord Electro 3
  • Universal Audio LA-610
  • Warm Audio WA-251
  • sE8 Stereo-Matched Pair
  • Shure SM7B
  • Apollo x4
  • Mac Mini M2
  • Logic Pro X
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