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, 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 – 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. With over 17 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.
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 “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 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:
Trey Songz, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Beyonce, Rick Ross, Plies, The Game, Paul Wall, Jazze Pha, Yo Gotti, Mannie Fresh, Wale, James Fortune, Future, Kurt Carr, Kirko Bangz, Jason Mewes, Zacardi Cortez, 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 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.
Hank “King Henry” Williams IV – Recording Engineer/Producer
Hank Williams is nationally-known as the talented HIP-SOUL producer “King Henry”. He was recently crowned the winner of the invitation-only, Native Instruments “Maschine Experience” competition in New York City, where he battled nine other beat-producers from across the country for the national title. Just months before, Hank won the world-renowned “Soundclash Producer Battle” in New Orleans. These accomplishments have garnered the attention of industry veterans Ski Beatz, Brady Watt, Dame Dash and illmind. “King Henry” continues to be an innovator in the Hip-Soul movement and is currently sponsored by Trilogyz Wireless Headphones. Hank brings his passion for an eclectic mix of musical genres to the Wire Road Production and Engineering staff.
His client and collaboration list includes:
Zacardi Cortez, Stephen Jackson, Devin the Dude, Scarface, Big Pokey, Phill Wade, DJ Supastar, “JJ on the Mic” from Houston’s 97.9-The Box, J Rhodes, Jack Freeman, TyReal, Toddy Bingo, Sevon, O.N.E, Cherish Love, Roosh Williams, Soulutionn and songstress Ella Starr.
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.