James Kelley – President and Chief Engineer:
A graduate of Auburn University, James began honing his audio engineering skills in college. An accomplished musician and producer, he translated his penchant for live performance to the studio environment while working both the Auburn, Alabama and Houston, Texas music scenes. James started the Wire Road enterprise in 2008, and after many successful recording accomplishments, moved the business into a new world-class facility in March of 2011. Wire Road Studios has since serviced major label clientele such as SONY Music Entertainment, EPIC Records, Universal Music Group, Atlantic Records, Island/Def Jam Group, Motown, Motown Gospel & Cash Money Records as well as artists like Pat Green Band, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, James Fortune, Future and many others. In addition to his mixing and mastering talents, James directs the Wire Road Corporation.
William W. Wade – General Manager
Bill Wade (aka w3) is an audio and music industry veteran of 30+ years and brings his vast experience to Wire Road Studios as Studio Operations Manager. With a tremendously deep background in the roles of studio manager, studio owner, audio engineer, audio-engineering instructor and professional musician, Bill brings to Wire Road his abilities to schedule, coordinate, problem-solve and manage ANY situation that may arise in the course of business with a “been there, done that” knowledge and confidence. Past positions and accomplishments include:
- Owner/Manager/Engineer – Musician’s Recording Studio
- Instructor & Department Chair – Lincoln Institute
- Past President & Board Member – Texas Music Association
- Studio Manager/Audio Engineer – Sound Works
- Advisory Board Member – Houston Community College; MediaTech; Art Institute of Houston
- Adjunct Instructor – Houston Community College
- General Manager – LoGo Audio Video Music
Andy Bradley – Recording Engineer/Producer
Andy Bradley is proof-positive that a sustained audio engineering career allows for a multitude of accomplishments:
- Chief Audio Engineer / Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music for 30+ years
- Chief Engineer & Part-Owner / Sugar Hill Studios for 30+ years
- Adjunct Professor/Music 733 at Rice University/Shepherd School of Music
- Co-Author of “House of Hits” – a biography of the 73-year-old Sugar Hill facility
- 25-Year Member of NARAS (The Grammys)
- Over 1000 Commercial Music Releases for every major label in almost every music genre imaginable
Versatile would be an understated adjective to describe Andy’s varied recording career. He is comfortable in any music genre from orchestral instruments to a bluegrass hoe-down, from shredding electrics to acoustic guitars – He simply has done it all! Andy came to Wire Road Studios in January 2015 to continue his legacy of engineering major music projects for prominent artists including, but not limited to:
o Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Ray Price, Freddie Fender, Tab Benoit, Smash Mouth, Destiny’s Child, Johnny Rodriguez, Radio Birdman, Deniz Tek, Roy Head, Cynthia Clawson, Herb Ellis, The Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Jandek, Evelyn Rubio, The Champion Sisters, New Heart Music Ministries, Lil Wayne, Mac10, Paul English and Kenny Cordray.
o Itzak Pearlman, Cecilia Bartoli, Rene Fleming, James Dick, Frederica Von Stade, Christoph Eschenbach, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Roundtop International Festival, DaCamera, Context, Chamber Music Houston, Jon Kimura Parker, The Webster Trio, The Fischer Duo, Hakkan Rosengren, Chiara String Quartet as well as working with 4-time Grammy Award-winning classical record producer Judy Sherman and Grammy Award-winning classical producer, Blanton Alspaugh.
o Little Joe y La Familia, Emilio Navaira, Elsa Garcia, La Fiebre, Xelencia, David Olivarez, The Home Town Boys, Norma Zenteno and numerous others.
Danny Reeves – Recording Engineer/Producer:
Danny Reeves is an Emmy & Addy Award-winning sound recording engineer with extensive experience in audio production for advertising, film, television, radio and all modern marketing media. With over 18 years of experience, his wide array of audio accomplishments span all media genres.
Danny’s client list includes the Major Film Studios 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate, SONY Pictures and Warner Brothers, National TV Networks such as ABC, AMC, Bravo, CBS, FOX, HBO, National Geographic, Cartoon Network, The Disney Channel, and USA Network. Television Shows such as Breaking Bad, Under The Dome, Phineas & Ferb, Royal Pains, Dallas, Revolution and Nashville. National Ad Campaigns for Mahindra USA, Jiffy Lube, Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches, US Family Health Plan and Military One Source as well as Texas-based ad campaigns for Star Furniture, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Houston Texans, United Supermarkets, Berkeley Eye Center, Market Street, Central Texas College, John Moore Services, San Jacinto Museum of History, United and Houston Area Hyundai Dealers. Houston-based energy companies like Chevron, Shell, Schlumberger, Key Energy, Rockwater Energy Solutions, Apache, GDF Suez and Halliburton.
Isaac “Chill” Yowman – Recording Engineer/Producer/Songwriter:
Isaac “Chill” Yowman is an accomplished, multi-talented music-industry creative powerhouse! Graduating with dual degrees in Audio Engineering & Entertainment Business from Full Sail University at the age of 20, he is the founder of the multi-platinum production/songwriting team “Keys and Ink” as well as a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy. He’s highly notable for molding the career of R&B/Pop artist and media personality Miss Mykie from the ground-up. His innovative efforts developing and marketing her artistic talents virally gained the attention of Viacom which eventually lead to her hiring as the official host of BET’s music countdown show, “106 & Park” alongside fellow host Bow Wow. Chill brings his success-driven energy, passion and skills across a diverse range of music genres as a premier engineer & producer at Houston’s Wire Road Studios. His client & collaboration list includes:
Beyonce (RIAA-certified Platinum Album), T.I., Trey Songz (Gold Album), R Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Future, Rick Ross, The Game, Paul Wall, Jazze Pha, Yo Gotti, Mannie Fresh, Wale, James Fortune, Future, Kurt Carr, Kirko Bangz, Jason Mewes, Zacardi Cortez, Plies, Fred Hammond, Waka Flocka & Houston Texan’s running back Arian Foster… just to name a few.
Case Mundy – Recording Engineer/Technician:
Case Mundy is Wire Road’s resident “brainiac”. With a solid background in electronics, music theory & jazz band, he enrolled in Houston Community College’s audio program, graduated with top honors, all while accomplishing live sound engineering for New Light Church, Lifepath Church, Berry Center’s Family Fest, Financial Planners Association. Case’s career has absolutely skyrocketed at Wire Road, making him a First-Call engineer for National and World-Renowned clients like India Arie, Lyle Lovett, Kirk Franklin, Thalles Roberto, Aaron Lindsey, CeCe Winans, Smokie Norful, The Walls Group, Israel Houghton, Sevyn Streeter, James Fortune while also working with Houston artists Paige Parker Jazz Ensemble, Eve Woodard, Nick Greer, Divisi Strings, Light and Ladder, Framework and Bride-Sojourn Church. His corporate and non-profit clients include Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Star Furniture and Home Depot. In his spare time, he hosts and moderates Club Cubase/Nuendo Houston.
Destiny Pitts – Studio Coordinator/Recording Engineer:
Destiny Pitts is the newest member of the Wire Road Studios staff. As Studio Coordinator, she is the smiling face who greets you when you first enter our facility, as well as the pleasant voice answering our constantly-ringing phones, taking care of your recording session scheduling. In addition to administrative and office duties, Destiny is a gifted audio engineer and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Audio Production from the Art Institute of Houston, receiving an Audio Production scholarship and graduating at the top of her class in June 2013. In the fall of 2014, Wire Road rescued her from a divergent parallel universe in live sound and A/V work, where she accomplished engineering duties for a variety of SXSW clubs, Warehouse Live, Houston’s “Whatever Fest” as well as McGonigel’s Mucky Duck and other live performance venues across Texas. Having interned at Wire Road just prior to graduation, she was a natural fit for our business. Destiny has now safely-cloaked her talents in the variety and insanity of Wire Road Studios’ client base and is here to serve you with style and efficiency.
Brad Sayles – Recording Engineer/Producer
Brad Sayles brings a wealth of classical-styled attributes to Wire Road. He is the recording engineer for the Houston Symphony as well as Senior Recording Engineer for Classical 91.7FM, where he also hosts the popular radio show, “Music from the Movies.” A graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Houston, holding a Bachelors degree in Telecommunications and a Masters in Music Composition respectively, Brad is a two-time Emmy-nominated film and concert composer as well as a skilled producer, working with musicians to craft their own individual style and sound.
His Production/Engineering client list includes: Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, SOLI, Texas Guitar Quartet, Fidelis Quartet, Lakewood Church, Gary Norian, and Bryan Anthony as well as work for the Naxos, Koch, Romeo and Albany record labels.
His Compositional Credit list includes the independent films, Echoes of Innocence and The Bracelet of Bordeaux, commissions from NASA, The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and Houston Symphony musician Richard Nunemaker, as well as his energetic score for the Houston Public Television special, Art is All Around Us, which received an Emmy nomination.
Mike Tristan – Recording Engineer/Producer
Mike Tristan is Wire Road Studios’ “Nashville Connection”, where he now resides, and returns to Houston on-demand for special projects. He is equally-versed in engineering/production techniques, electronics, MIDI programming and analog synthesis as well as being a multi-instrumentalist. Mike is Wire Road’s version of the “Mad Professor” (having spent 10+ years teaching a wide variety of audio courses and mentoring students at Houston Community College’s Spring Branch campus) and composes most of our “Custom Music” for audio production clients.
Client list of engineering, programming and composition credits include:
Pat Green, Lyle Lovett, Derek Webb, Dave Rude, Paul English, Joe LoCascio, Hazy Ray, The Suffers, Tianna Hall, Matt Harlan, Nick Greer, Woody Witt, The Mighty Orq, Jazz Forever, Misha Williams, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Star Furniture, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing & Pappas Restaurants.
Ty Robins – Recording Engineer/Producer:
Ty Robins may be Houston’s best kept secret. A multi-talented producer and artist, Ty was the front-man of Houston band “The Wonderful Future” and the bass player for the band “Victoria”. He plays the guitar, drums, bass, and keys, and is a talented songwriter and lyricist. In 2005, Ty graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Engineering from MTSU. Since then, he’s been making music in Houston and Nashville as a producer, artist, and engineer. He is also an adjunct professor at Houston Community College / Audio Engineering Program and assists Wire Roads’ social media and marketing efforts.