Reece is always on the hunt for a great song, whether it be wringing out some lyrics out of a bleary-eyed, late night writing session with Marianna Thielen for their band The Bylines or dropping the needle on some vinyl and sitting at the piano to transcribe a little known Frank Loesser song to add to his own repertoire. His taste in songs isn't limited to any time period, loving Faure chanson just as much as Randy Newman's satires of modern life. He seeks out songs whose lyrics are cleverly crafted like a Cole Porter double entendre piece, as well as devilishly deceptively simple three chord Willie Nelson everyman truisms.
It is that interplay of lyric, melody, and harmony that keep Reece writing and hunting.
Reece has a Jazz Studies degree from Western Washington University where he studied with legendary jazz bassist Chuck Israels. Musical highlights include accompanying super talents John Raitt, Storm Large, and Tony Starlight, arranging for Oregon Ballet Theatre, and attending the 2011 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with his wife and co-writer Marianna Thielen. In 2012 their band, The Bylines, released their self-titled debut record.
He is currently at work writing for The Bylines next record and on a song cycle for voice, piano, and brass band entitled, "Songs Of Precocious Youth."