Growing up in Austin, TX meant constant exposure to the city's unique cultural landscape and its thriving live music scene. Couple the distinctive atmosphere of the “Live Music Capital of the World” with a household jamming to equal parts Motown, Rock and Country music and it’s not hard to hear how Reid Umstattd has cultivated such a singular, genre-bending vocal delivery and a rare ability to jump from one musical style to the next seamlessly.
While attending college at The University of Texas at Austin, Umstattd helped found the alternative rock band Nelo. After a brief stint living and playing in and around Athens, GA, the band moved back to Austin to sign a recording deal with Willie Nelson's Pedernales Records. Nelo spent the next 10 years crisscrossing the country playing countless shows and recorded 3 full-length LPs and 2 EPs before Umstattd left the group in 2014.
Initially thinking he had moved on from the music business entirely, Umstattd took three years away before deciding to audition for season 14 of The Voice on NBC, successfully passing the Blind Audition stage and joining Adam Levine’s team on the hit show. Umstattd continued on through 2 subsequent rounds of competition and moved on to the show's Live Rounds. He was eliminated after making it through to the top 24 out of an initial crowd of more than 40,000 hopefuls.
Umstattd released his first EP, "Pockets of Clouds", in August of 2019. He is currently working on a follow up release, due in the first half of 2020.