Willis Sound

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Willis Sound
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Background Information




Ben Lorenz, Jason Magee


Willis, MI


8906 Meridian St
Willis, MI 48191


(734) 531-9785


Open 24 hours




Willis Sound is a full-service recording studio 20 minutes outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built in a late 1880s as a church, Willis Sound features a great selection of recording gear and instruments, they strive to create a unique recording experience for their clients.

The Story

It was love at first sight. The former church built in 1895 had been abandoned for over 10 years when partners Jason Magee and Ben Lorenz found it. On top of co-owning a successful web development company together, they had always shared a passion for music and recording. Their vision was to create a recording experience they hadn’t seen before. A place where the surroundings were as important as the studio itself.

Willis, Michigan is a small town, surrounded by farms and fields. Driving in, your blood pressure drops, your shoulders relax — it’s an incredible feeling. With a lot of help from friends and family, the renovations at the former church took over two years to complete the studio build out. The result is a studio and recording experience that is part creative playground and part sleepaway camp. They strive to create an environment where collaboration and new ideas can take shape. Where new sonic territory can be explored and great records made.

Always having a dream of having space for people to stay while making a record. The house, a early 1900s farmhouse adjacent to the studio went up for sale. Now its affordable on-site lodging (The Yellow House). Their goal is to create a completely-immersive, creative experience for their guests. Ben and Jason feel that great records are made when a band lives together. It fosters collaboration and new ideas. Set in a relaxed, country atmosphere, surrounded by farms, the lodging allows their guests to unwind and be free of distractions. No long drives back and forth to hotels — simply wake up, walk to the studio and press record.


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