VernonNeilly — Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Progressive / R&B / Rock

Artist Profile

Name: VernonNeilly
Label: Boosweet Records (www.boosweet.com)
Location: Los Angeles CA


Vernon Neilly was 10 when he started playing around with guitars and was just 14 when he started playing in his first real performing band. His musical career spans over 30 years and in that time he has been in the company of people who are legends in the music business, such as Jaco Pastorious, Pat Metheny, “Narada” Michael Walden, and Hiram Bullock. Vernon worked at the #1 radio station in South Florida WEDR(99Jamz) as an air personality and also started playing with a Miami based group called “Unit III” who had a regional hit single, which officially launched his professional career as a musician/artist/producer . A long cry from those humble beginnings Vernon added a new title to his resume as label owner of his own internationally distributed company, Boosweet Records, an independent label based in Los Angeles, Ca. that has been releasing products successfully since 1999 on the internet.

At this point Vernon has recorded with, toured with, produced for some of the most legendary names in the music business such as the late blues legend “Johnny Guitar Watson”, “Etta James”, Temptations ,Ollie Woodson, Charles Wright, Leon Haywood, Charles “Merry Christmas” Brown, “The Dramatics”, Motown hit producer “Norman Whitfield”, rap star “Warren G”, “Howard Hewitt”, “Teena Marie”, Cuba Gooding Sr. (Main Ingredient), The Coasters, Drifters, George Clinton, and too many more to list.

He produced and mastered the 18 artist compilation disc “United By Tone” in conjunction with the worlds leading guitar pickup manufacturer, “Seymour Duncan”. This highly acclaimed limited edition disc features some of the most notable names in the guitar world such as, Slash, Jerry Horton(Papa Roach), Jennifer Batten(Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson),Gary Hoey, Jimmy Bruno, Seymour Duncan , and Vernon, who’s track “Nassau Nights” is the first song on the disc .

Vernon’s career rose to another level with the release of his CD “G-Fire”, which garnered a prestigious jazz award. This award was given for having a top 20 most played contemporary jazz release at commercial radio 2003-2004. The success of “G-Fire” was so substantial that it allowed Vernon to sign a multi-year national retail deal for his label Boosweet Records with Synergy Distribution. Vernon followed up the success of “G-Fire,” with “G-Fire II” which also played nationally/internationally on commercial, college, cable, satellite, and Internet radio stations. “G-Fire II” also won the distinguished jazz award making Vernon a 2 time consecutive winner. Vernon and the “G-Fire II” CD also joined the top artist in the contemporary jazz genre such as Herbie Hancock, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Everett Harp, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, by ranking in the Top 10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Retail Charts.

Vernon and his CD’s have also been featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitar One, 20th Century Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Jazz Improv Magazine, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Urban Network, Ebony, Our Weekly, Guitar Player Brazil, Cover Guitarra (Brazil), Smooth Jazz News, Abyss Jazz, All About Jazz, and many others, and also a myriad of newspapers, and e-zines globally. Songs from his CD’s have been used on programs like MTV’s Made, and BET’s “Jazz Impressions” programs.

Vernon has just released his new CD, Vernon Neilly & Friends “A Tribute To Stevie Wonder”, that was recorded on 3 continents, Europe, South America, and North America. This CD features along with Vernon some big international artists such as Greg Howe (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake), Kiko Loureiro (Angra,Tarja) U-Nam, Michael Paulo (Al Jarreau, Earth Wind & Fire), Bill Hudson(Cellador, Power Quest, Circle II Circle), Grammy Award winning bassist Juan Nelson(Vesta Williams, Ben Harper), and others paying homage to the musical genius that is Stevie Wonder.

Extending his career to acting, Vernon can also be seen on the big screen, TV, and DVD in 3 major film company releases, Universals “Along Came Polly”, Warner Bros. “Starsky and Hutch”, and he recently participates in Columbia Pictures “Walk Hard” . Vernon has also appeared in the UPN Network’s hit television sitcom “One On One”, and “Girlfriends”, both programs that are now in syndication internationally.

Vernon is one of only a handful of musicians in the world to have both a signature guitar manufactured for him bearing his name, and a signature guitar string, they are called respectively called the Tagima VN-1 signature guitar, and Giannini Vernon Neilly “Power String”.

Background Information

Date Started Playing: 01/01/1965
Number of Members: 1
Gender of Members: Male

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Vernon Neilly: Guitar

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