At an early age Ovaciir caught the vibe. The vibe was a love of music. A passion for music, in all its styles and forms, and like a cosmic force it’s been guiding him through the universe ever since.
Born Frank Randall III, Ovaciir grew up in a tight-knit family on the shores of Thread Lake in Flint, Michigan. He taught himself how to play drums at the age of 5, studied piano at the age of 7, and by the age of 9 had added bass, electric guitar and keyboards to his talents. It was about that time OVA took an interest in jazz, soaking up everything from the virtuoso piano playing of Oscar Petersen, to the jazz-rap fusion of Roy Ayers and Herbie Hancock. “Trendsetters always go outside the boundaries,” says OVA about his legendary predecessors, “and that’s what I try to do too. Predictability is the enemy of creativity.”
OVA’s awakening to jazz was further enhanced by his father’s devotion to the craft, who for over 50 years has been a fixture in the Flint jazz scene. Watching his father’s band rehearse in their living room and observing his dad’s passion, focus, and desire had a deep impact on OVA’s approach to music and life. “He’s the real deal,” OVA says fondly. “Been married over 50 years, raised four kids, and he’s still playing. Commitment is everything to him, and it’s a quality he taught me early on.”
After graduating from high school OVA set out to see the world, so he enlisted in the Army. While stationed in Germany OVA continued to hone his musical skills by playing in various jazz-funk ensembles and touring alongside the S.O.S. Band and other acts. When he returned to the States, OVA continued his musical pursuits and soon caught the attention of Gene Perry, a Philadelphia based talent manager. With Perry, OVA produced and recorded his first two singles, Futuristic Girl and The Time Has Come. The two funk flavored tracks went into heavy rotation on Flint and Saginaw radio stations, but without national distribution the discs gradually died out and went out of print.