James Kelley – President and Chief Engineer:
James Kelley is the visionary of what is referred to as the “Wire Road Family”, a close-knit community of Houston’s finest creative musical minds and talent. A graduate of Auburn University, James began honing his audio engineering skills while in college. An accomplished musician and producer, James translated his penchant for live performance to the studio environment while working both the Auburn, Alabama and Houston, Texas music scenes. A decade later, he began Wire Road Studios in 2008 and, after many successful recording accomplishments, moved the business into a new world-class facility in March of 2011. In addition to his stellar engineering, production and mastering talents, James directs the Wire Road staff and enterprise. James’ client list includes Bun B, Fonik, Killa Kyleon, The Niceguys, Matt Harlan, Joshua Price, The Mighty Orq, Mantis, Mark Jones and Twenty Paces, Kenny Jackson, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
William W. Wade – Operations 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
Danny Reeves – Recording Engineer/Producer:
Danny Reeves is an Emmy Award-winning sound recording engineer with extensive experience in audio production for advertising, film, television, radio and all modern marketing media. As a senior engineer at Sound Works for 16+ years, his wide array of audio accomplishments span all media genres. For a partial list, see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4670885/ Wire Road is honored to welcome him to our staff.
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 HBO, National Geographic, Cartoon Network, and Bravo, National Ad Campaigns for 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, Gexa Energy, Berkeley Eye Center, Houston Zoo and Houston-based energy companies like Shell, Schlumberger and Halliburton.
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 the “mad-professor” of Wire Road Studios, equally well-versed in engineering/production techniques, electronics, graphic design, MIDI programming and analog synthesis as well as being a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, violin, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica & theremin). A Houston Community College professor of Audio & Recording Technology and an associate member of The Recording Academy P&E Wing, Wire Road foiled his plans of escape to Nashville by providing greener creative pastures. After all, his outside-of-work activities include membership in The Texas Army: Historical Honor Guard of The State of Texas and volunteering at George Ranch Historical Park, San Jacinto Monument, & Goliad State Park.
Client list of engineering, programming, live and album art credits include:
Pat Green, Derek Webb, Paul English, Joe LoCascio, Hazy Ray, Tianna Hall, Matt Harlan, Woody Witt, The Mighty Orq, Rad, Mike Skills, Truckers Choice, Misha Williams, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Star Furniture & Pappas Restaurants.
Isaac “Chill” Yowman – Recording Engineer/Producer/Songwriter:
Isaac 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 young 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. Chill brings his success-driven energy, passion and skills across a diverse range of music genres complimenting the Wire Road engineering & production team.
Client & collaboration list includes:
Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Future, Busta Rhymes, Rocko, Ciara, Tank, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Plies, Slim Thug, Lil’ KeKe, The Game, Paul Wall, Jazze Pha, Yo Gotti, Mannie Fresh, Wale, James Fortune, Zacardi Cortez, Kurt Carr, Kirko Bangz, Stephen Jackson, Chris Brown, Jason Mewes, Miss Mykie, Fred Hammond, Waka Flocka, Brian Angel, Arian Foster & Chamillionaire.
Case Mundy – Recording Engineer/Technician:
Case Mundy is Wire Road’s resident “brainiac”. With a solid background in music theory & jazz band, Case relinquished his pursuit of a biology career when a year’s income bought his first recording gear instead of lab supplies. With a redirected passion, he enrolled in Houston Community College’s audio program, graduated with top honors, all while accomplishing theatrical sound design for Country Playhouse/Memorial City and live sound engineering for Lifepath Church, Berry Center’s Family Fest, Financial Planners Association as well as area bands like Framework, Cozy Blankets, Tre9 & 1nce Blind among others. In his spare time, he hosts and moderates Club Cubase/Nuendo Houston.
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.