Doug Petty is a pianist, arranger and composer living in Los Angeles.
A top call session player, he has recorded and performed with many of today’s biggest artists including Rihanna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Tears for Fears, Roseanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Westlife and the Backstreet Boys to name a few. He has also been featured on the soundtracks of many successful movies including Moonrise Kingdom, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Happy Feet, Hancock, Horton Hears a Who, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and many others.
Doug’s signature sound and vision has been instrumental in producing records for numerous artists including Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Shawn Colvin (“Holiday songs and Lullabies”/ Sony, “The Starlighter” Amazon) and the last two records from Tony Award-winning artist Audra McDonald (“Build A Bridge” and “Go Back Home”/ Nonesuch). He recently produced the album "Folk Songs" for the Kronos Quartet that features Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon and Olivia Chaney.
He is currently a member of the internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum selling group Tears For Fears and is also the musical director for American Idol /Smash/Scorpion star and recording artist Katharine McPhee.
As a composer Doug has written for a number of major motion picture trailers. Most recently his music can be heard in the trailers for releases such as “Black or White” , “ Best of Me”and "BlackMass". His compositions are regularly featured on TV’s biggest networks such as, NBC, ABC, Amazon Video, Animal Planet, BBC, CNN, Comedy Central, E Entertainment, Food Network, FYI, HGTV, History Channel, Hulu, MSNBC, NBC, Netflix, Outdoor Channel, Sony, Sportsman Channel, TBS, Travel Channel, TruTV, W Network and many others. Additionally he has done many custom campaigns for companies such as FOX tv, Method, Alaska Airlines, Starbucks, Disney and Disney XD.
His symphony orchestra arrangements have been performed all over the country by groups such as the Boston Pops, The Pacific Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and The Cincinnati Symphony. He also created custom orchestral arrangements for Rihanna for her 2007 breakout performance on the American Music Awards.
His string arrangements as well as his keyboard playing and programming have been featured extensively in the work of Hong Kong artist GEM, currently one of the most popular artists in both Hong Kong and China.
Doug graduated from the esteemed music conservatory Eastman School of Music where he studied piano performance, orchestration and arranging. In addition to his busy recording and performing career Doug has been a guest lecturer at The University of Southern California Thorton School Of Music.
Doug lives in Toluca Lake with his two daughters, Isabel and Olive and wife, Ellen.