Ovation Sound is EVERYTHING audio. Evan Richey and Bill Stevens are musicians, arrangers, producers, composers, songwriters and recording engineers. We are comfortable in whatever roles best fit your needs.
We produce artists and bands with musical styles ranging from Handel to Hip Hop. When you choose Ovation Sound, you choose a partnership with educated professionals who take pride in their craft and your final product.
William Robert Stevens (b.1979) was born at a very early age to a musical family – father, James William Stevens, is a composer; mother, Carolyn Dorff, a singer of opera and musical theater; and sister, Becca Stevens, is a well known performer and composer, her band the Becca Stevens Band recently signed to Universal (2015).
Bill OvationHe studied Guitar at Berklee College of Music, Composition with Ken Frazelle at the North Carolina School of the Arts; Music Business, focusing in the Recording Arts and minoring in Portuguese at Winston Salem State University. While at WSSU he won the concerto competition and performed Mozart’s piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. He recently earned an MFA in composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he studied music composition with Tamar Diesendruck, John Mallia, and Roger Zahab.
In 2007, he joined forces with Evan Richey and Ovation Sound and since has been involved in numerous projects in various ways – as producer, engineer, composer, arranger, performer, and educator. He has produced records in a plethora of genres: classical, jazz, gospel, R&B, bluegrass, heavy metal, folk, Americana, rock, and musical theater. His favorite project is the project he is working on right now. No session is too big or too small.
EVAN RICHEY has used his well trained ear to make recordings for over 30 years. His interest in recording started while at The Juilliard School in New York City where he studied with Lynn Harrell, one of the world’s foremost cellists. Though his background was firmly rooted in classical music, he also had a strong affinity for popular music. He began to write songs in a pop style, and unable to afford NYC studio rates, he put together a small home studio to produce his recordings, and the studio engineer hiding inside him was born.
Upon completion of his studies at The Juilliard School in 1986, Evan and his brother Craig co-founded The Place, a recording studio in New York City. During The Place’s 14 years of operation, he engineered and produced recordings with artists from independent as well as major record labels from many musical genres and styles.
Since moving to Winston-Salem, NC, in 1999, Evan’s musical and technical skills as a producer continue to be recognized nationally by leading industry professionals. He is the co-owner of Ovation Sound, a state-of-the-art recording studio that not only produces and records various artists but also creates music and sound design for multi-media applications. Evan has produced audio for national and international corporations and markets, he has produced many classical recordings released by Centaur, Bridge and Albany records, among others, and his live recordings have been aired on national programs such as NPR’s Performance Today.
He is on the music faculty at Wake Forest University teaching both Cello and Music Production and Recording.