I aim to add emotion and creativity to your song, whether through keys parts or vocals. I can give it a distinct lift or add glue, depending on what your needs are. I'd love to give it a polished mix or produce the song for you as well with some fresh ideas. 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 medley is a few songs that I did all the steps for here at my studio.
I am also a seasoned songwriter/artist with song placements on ABC, CBS, Disney, Freeform, A&E and MTV.
I started as a classically trained pianist and then continued my education at Belmont University, where I expanded my background to jazz and country and pop playing. I have toured with various artists such as David Nail, Francesca Battistelli, Cassadee Pope, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Dave Barnes and Brandon Heath, 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.
141 Reviews - 22 Repeat ClientsEndorse Reed Pittman
Love working Reed!
Everytime I need piano, Reed is always the one I work with. He knows what a song needs.
Reed is the best. Great performer, great recording skills, and very creative. Highly recommend!
Absolutely nailed what was required - Reed understood exactly what was required, great communication and no shortage of creativity on his part either. In a professional environment you need people who are, first, be seriously good musicians who are happy to take direction and give more when asked. Reed gives you all of that. No hesitation 5 STARS and I'm sure we will be working with him again in the not to distant future.If you need piano in your session, Reed is the man.
Fantastic! Available last minute and delivered perfectly! Great musician!
Reed is incredibly talented and an ease to work with. Patient and creative, he truly knows how to understand me as an artist and the vision for my project. Would definitely recommend him to other artists and cant wait to work with him again!
Amazing working with Reed! Understood the assignment!
I couldn't suggest Reed any more highly. Reed is talented, kind, a great communicator, and intuitive. Reed produced high quality tracks very quickly and knew exactly what my project needed. I cannot wait to hopefully work with Reed again extremely soon. You will not be disappointed by Reed's awesome work!
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Awesome, as usual!!!
So good! Will keep using Reeds services - he understands the project and takes time to really catch the heart of it all! Highly recommended
Another great song with Reed! Already looking forward to the next one :)
Reed is super talented and is amazing at finding the vibe and feel of what is needed. Super professional, reliable and fast!
Reed is the kind of musician that knows exactly what a song needs. It's always a pleasure working with him and he's now my "go-to guy" when it comes to piano/keys. Already looking forward to our next song together :)
Reed is awesome! He is super easy to communicate and genuinely cares getting the best results for the song and the artist he is working with. He delivered excellent sounding tracks, his rate was super fair, and the entire experience was perfect. I will definitely work with Reed again and you should too.
2nd job with Reed. Always a pleasure. This time to provide backing vocals. Nailed it, great sounding vocals. Even helped me to correct an incorrect harmony :) Super fast turnaround to accommodate my deadline. Would definitely recommend. Thank you Reed!
What a pleasure to work with Reed. Great piano parts provided with super quick turnaround, excellent communication and nailed the brief in one take! Very professional, highly recommended. Look forward to the next one.
Reed is a true professional, who showed lots of patience and helped me figure out the right part for my song. Huge thumbs up!
Reed was the first person I've worked with here. I had no idea how to work with a producer and he made it so easy. I sent him a poorly played guitar track and vocals, and he made me the most absolutely beautiful piano track for my song! He's fast to respond and quick to incorporate notes. We only wrote back and forth for 2 days. I can't believe what he created in such a short time! Highly, highly recommended.
Reed helped me mix and master my EP from start to finish, bringing my artistic vision to light. His insights and coordination as well as timely delivery made the experience enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Interview with Reed Pittman
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
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!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Nord stage 3. Shure SM7B. MacBook Pro (with all my software/plugins). Apollo x4. Puerh tea (to drink - gotta stay hydrated!).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either. Depends on the context.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver a great product in a timely manner that hopefully exceeds their expectations!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.