James “Petey” Taylor

Petey, the bands energetic leader, has a love for music that started in the 3rd grade when he first began to play the trombone. His actual professional career in music started 35 years ago. He performed with the “Waller Family” for 13 years. Prior to starting the band En’Novation, Petey performed with the band “Casper” for 22 years.  He feels very blessed that he has been given the opportunity throughout his musical career to travel to 43 states and also to his delight, to be able to travel abroad to such countries and Mexico and Canada. One of his favorite aspects of performing he says, is the enthusiasm of the crowds. When you see the crowd having a great time, as a musician, you know you have done your job!

Levie Faison III

Levie is a lead singer in En’Novation.  He started singing at the early age of twelve, and began singing in a group at the age of thirteen.  Levie began singing with the group “D.C.I. Band & Show” at the age of fifteen. He then went on to play with “The Richmen Band”.  Prior to joining En’Novation, Levie performed with the band “Casper” for 22 years.  He likes all kinds of music, and some of his favorite artists are Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Chaka Kahn, Patti LaBelle and Mary J. Blige.  His favorite colors are black and green, and his mantra is “Keep a Good Attitude and Love Will Always Follow You!”

Donnie Arterbery

Donnie started playing trumpet in elementary school. He also picked up drums, bass and guitar. He taught himself to play keyboards because all the other slots were filled in the first band in which he wanted to play. Later he played alto sax, but his main focus now is keyboards.
  Donnie has played with twelve different bands in Richmond over the years which have included the Carousels, Friends, Music Bachs, Act I, Street Life, Flashback and Casper. Donnie’s interest in keyboards, with main focus on playing the organ was greatly    influenced by such keyboard greats as Booker T. Jones of Booker T & the MG’s, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Steve Winwood, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Richard (Groove) Holmes, Chester Thompson(Tower of Power & Santana), Tony Monaco, Jimmy Smith, whom Donnie had the chance to hear live just prior to Jimmy’s death in 2005, and Joey DeFrancesco whom Donnie had the chance to hear and meet in the summer of 2005. When not playing with En’Novation, Donnie enjoys working out at the gym, playing his 1969 Hammond B-3 organ with matching 1969 122 Leslie he has at home, relaxing with friends and enjoying life at his “second home” at Myrtle Beach, when time permits, with his wife Cindy and their dogs .

Sugar Raye Smith

Bass guitar, lead and background vocalist for En'Novation, Raye Smith, a native son of Varina, Virginia spends his time performing, producing and recording for himself and for other regional based artists in his own private studio called Route 5  Records LLC. Raye brings 38 years of extensive musical experience having had success abroad and has worked with a variety of popular regional and national bands, and as the solo artist, Sugar Raye Smith with his recent debut CD - Old School Party. Raye Smith is as excited about the future of En'Novation as he enjoys working with his fellow band mates.

Benjamin Miles

 

Tim Sanchez

Tim Sanchez is a native of Richmond, Virginia and still lives in Richmond.  Since 1978, Tim has been involved in the music business since the early age of thirteen.  Tim is responsible for two prominent bands in Richmond in the early 80’s, Full Swing and Rumors band. His background includes a wide variety of music genres including R&B, Funk, Rock, Metal and gospel.  In the 1980’s Tim toured internationally with the locally famed group “The Waller Family”.  Tim was part-owner of a Music Production Studio named “Music-Media Productions” who has produced such artist as George Tyson a very powerful R&B and soul-singer.  As a producer Tim has collaborated with other writers, producers and artist that have helped hone his skills as a producer, writer, and arranger. Tim has been entertaining audiences and fans for over thirty years and brings his very unique style and energy to every performance.

Howard Smith

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Howard honed his music skills in college at the Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz Orchestra and in the James Madison University Jazz Ensemble where he graduated with a degree in Music Performance.
Prior to joining En'Novation, Howard performed with Casper, Baby Huey & the Babysitters and appeared with Julius Pittman and the Revival, Steve Bassett, Terry Garland and Marion James, appearing on several of their CD's.
Howard has also had the opportunity over his career to perform with such nationally known artists as Lou Rawls, The Temptations, The Platters, Frankie Valli, The Spinners, The Manhattans and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, as well as nationally known jazz artists such as Marvin Stamm, Ed Shaughnessy, Sal Nistico, Jackie Byard and Frank Foster.
Other highlights of Howard's career has been to perform in a touring Broadway production of Grease and a tour on Norwegian Cruise Lines S.S. Norway throughout the Carribean for a season.
When not playing with En'Novation, Howard enjoys grilling, relaxing with friends and enjoying life with his wife Kathey and their furry children.