Without reservation, more than a few of the most popular songs of the last two decades come from the imagination of Mr. Raymond D. Reeder. Arrangements of hits like R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Yolanda Adams’ “The Experience” have defined entire generations. As a Grammy Award winning producer, Mr. Reeder has been generating hits both in Gospel and in the mainstream with little pause over his storied career. Recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers with a prestigious award for his work with Tony Terry, Mr. Reeder has gone on to innovate as musical director of several live concerts and theatrical productions. His artistic poise has graced both stage and television including BET’s benefit for the United Negro College Fund, featuring Michael Jackson. As a powerhouse musical genius, Mr. Reeder is embarking on the next chapter of his acclaimed career by bringing his signature touch to his soon to be revealed record label. Get ready to experience Raymond Reeder like you’ve never heard him before, the wait won’t be much longer.
Raymond D. Reeder has, with extraordinary facility, penned memorable Gospel and R&B songs, coordinated production and arrangements for recording sessions and musical theater, provided intricate keyboard ingredients and performed as a professional lead and background vocalist. Notably, Reeder wrote and performed on Tony Terry’s 1991 mega-hit single, “With You”, and garnered a coveted ASCAP Writers and Publishers Award. As a writer, Reeder’s collaboration with Terry continued with the haunting, “I’m Sorry,” as featured on Terry’s "Heart of a Man”. His contribution to the catalog of the legendary Isley Brothers’ “Smooth Sailing” project was the hit “I Wish.” He performed with Angela Winbush and served as pre-production coordinator on projects for A. Winbush Productions, Inc. In addition, he performed as a background vocalist/arranger and featured soloist during the Isley’s 1990-93 World Tour, which also featured Winbush. Reeder’s longstanding career includes collaborations with other noted artists including René & Angela, André Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Jennifer Holiday, Yolanda Adams, Keith Pringle, Tony Maiden & Bobby Watson of "Rufus", Greg Phillinganes, Paulinho Da Costa, Rodney Franklin, The Teagle Family, Jackie Ruffin, The Richard Smallwood Singers, and Richard Smallwood with Vision. For fellow Grammy winner Smallwood, he penned the breathtaking, “Be Open” on the 2000, Stellar award winning “Healing: Live in Detroit.” In October of 1995, Reeder had the pleasure of merging The Union Temple Baptist Church Youth Choir with selected professional singers from the Washington Metropolitan Area to perform with the late Michael Jackson for the BET broadcast of a United Negro College Fund benefit program. In 2001 Reeder was awarded a coveted Grammy for production on Yolanda Adams “The Experience”. He also performed background vocals on Adams’ award winning Elektra Records debut “Mountain High, Valley Low” single, “Fragile Heart”. Reeder also composed Adams’ title track "Save the World", and served as vocal coordinator and conductor on two Adams music videos. He produced The Union Temple Baptist Church Youth Choir's critically acclaimed project "God Reigns", and served for several years as the church’s music administrator. Reeder's impressive writing and arranging theater credits include "Lord I'm Coming Home", "Spell No. 7", "Breakfast in Harlem", "Wait Till The Fat Lady Sings", "Dream Girls", "The Panama Limited Blues", "Blues in the Night", "Bubblin' Brown Sugar", "God's Trombones", and "Once On This Island". He was a vocalist in the 1991 production of "God's Trying To Tell You Something", and was the vocal contractor for the 1994 production of David Talbert's "Lawd Ha' Mercy". Reeder performed at the John F. Kennedy Center as one of three wise men in the annual holiday production "Black Nativity" directed by the late Helen Hayes Award winner, Mike Malone. In addition to his many achievements, Reeder earned a feature film credit as a background performer in the 1991 Eddie Murphy movie, "Boomerang".