Shelley Otis

Harpist, Arranger, Pianist

2 Reviews (1 Verified)
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I'll play anything on the harp! I'm equally comfortable improvising, reading music, or playing by ear. I love arranging music for the harp for any genre, whether it's pop, classical, or world music. I also play piano and sing backup vocals. English, Español, Francais.

I can help you with:
-studio harp recording
-studio piano recording
-transcribing music

My recording studio setup:
-AKG 420P
-Sennheiser MD 4212
-SM 58
-SM 57
-Rosswell Mini K47 and Mini K87
-Universal Audio Apollo Twin X (Quad) Interface
-Logic Pro

Discography/studio work:
-What Cheer Movie (I composed and performed the harp part in the score for this film)
-Cavern of the Heart (album by Andi Flax)
-Crossover! (album by Steve Tapper and John Tyson)
-Windborne (solo harp album)
-Turn the World Around (single by Vanessa Trien)

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Dantes
    by Dantes

    Shelley is great!

  2. Review by Andrea Flax
    by Andrea Flax

    I hired Shelly to write and record compositions for harp on my debut world music album 'Cavern of the heart' I could not have been more pleased with the result. Shelly communicates with clarity, answers messages promptly and asks all of the right questions to confirm that she understands what the artist is asking her to create. She was open to all suggestions and offered her own unique contribution with sensitivity to what the project was about. Shelly completed what was asked of her in a prompt, timely and very professional manner. Shelly's harp was a beautiful addition to my project.

Interview with Shelley Otis

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: The microphones I use are: AKG 420P, Sennheiser, MD 4212, SM58, SM57, Rosswell Mini K47 and Mini K87. I have a Universal Audio Quad Interface and I typically use Logic Pro.

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

  4. A: I tend to play a lot of popular music on the harp, but I enjoy other kinds of music too, and writing my own music. I enjoy just being creative and finding what sounds good on the harp.

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

  6. A: When someone asks me for a harp part for a song, I typically will create a part for the song, though I have also played harp parts that my clients have written.

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

  8. A: That the harp always sounds soft, sleepy, and classical. There's a lot of different sounds that you can get out of the harp, a lot of different moods and vibes, and it can really be quite rhythmic and energetic.

Vanessa Trien, "Turn the World Around"

I was the harpist in this production

Gear Highlights
  • UA Twin Quad Interface
  • AKG P420
  • Sennheiser MD 421-II
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