. Vernon at 19 years old got a job working at the #1 radio station inSouth Florida WEDR (99Jamz) as an air personality, coupled with his musicindustry experience led him eventually to being the owner of his own internationallydistributed record company, Boosweet Records, a well known award winningindependent label based in Los Angeles, Ca. that has been releasing musicalproducts successfully since 1999.Vernon Neilly also currently is aninternational, award winning recording artist, who has recorded with, touredwith, produced, worked with some of the most legendary names in the musicbusiness such as, the late blues legends "Johnny Guitar Watson","Etta James”, “Temptations” , “Steve Vai”, “Greg Howe”, Motown hit producer"Norman Whitfield", “Jennifer Batten”, “Slash”, Rap superstar"Warren G", "Howard Hewitt", "Teena Marie", funkpioneer George Clinton, Brasilian guitar hero “Edu Ardanuy” and many more.
He produced and mastered the 18artist compilation disc "United By Tone" in conjunction with theworlds leading guitar pickup manufacturer, "Seymour
". This highly acclaimed limitededition disc features some of the most notable names in the guitar world suchas, Slash, Jerry Horton(Papa Roach), Jennifer Batten(Jeff Beck, MichaelJackson), Alien Ant Farm, Jimmy Bruno, 311, Seymour Duncan , and Vernon, who'strack "Nassau Nights" is the first song on the disc.
's career rose to another level with therelease of his CD "G-Fire", which garnered a prestigious contemporaryjazz award. This award was given for having a top 20 most played contemporaryjazz release at commercial radio 2003-2004. The success of "G-Fire"was so substantial that it allowed Vernon
to sign a multi-year national retaildistribution contract for his label Boosweet Records, with SynergyDistribution. Vernon
followed up the success of"G-Fire," with "G-Fire II" which also playednationally/internationally on commercial, college, cable, satellite, andInternet radio stations. "G-Fire II" also won the distinguished jazzaward making Vernon
a 2 time consecutive winner. Vernon
and the "G-Fire II" project alsojoined the top artist in the contemporary jazz genre such as Herbie Hancock,Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Everett
Harp, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, and Larry Carlton by ranking in theTop 10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Retail Charts. In 2005 Vernon
released his first live DVD entitled"Live in Brazil
" which was shot at the famous EM&T in Sao Paulo
, Brasil. Vernon released his 4th solo CDentitled, Vernon Neilly & Friends "A Tribute To Stevie Wonder",which was recorded on 3 continents, Europe, South America, and North America.This amazingly entertaining CD features along with Vernon some biginternational talent 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 Awardwinning bassist Juan Nelson(Vesta Williams, Ben Harper), and others payinghomage to the musical genius that is Stevie Wonder. This CD like the otherscontinues to sell all over the world at both physical and digital stores. Vernon
is due to release his 5th soloCD in 2013 in the fall to an international fan base and consumership.
Vernon and his CD's have also beenfeatured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitar One, 20thCentury 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, Cutaway GuitarMagazine(Spain), Todo Guitarra Y Bajo(Argentina), Musico Pro(Mexico, Central,and South America), Young Guitar(Japan) and many others, and also a myriad ofnewspapers, and e-zines globally. Songs from his CD's have been used onprograms like MTV's "Made", and BET's "Jazz Impressions" asbackground themes, and PBS Radio. His songs are being played all over the USA
in major retail outlets and foodestablishments as part of their in store programming, such as Walmart andMcDonalds as consumers shop and dine.
Extending his career to acting,Vernon now can be seen on the big screen in theaters across the world, TV, andDVD in 3 major film company releases, Universals "Along Came Polly",Warner Bros. "Starsky and Hutch", and the most recent, ColumbiaPictures "Walk Hard" . Vernon
has also appeared in the UPN Network's hit television sitcom "One OnOne", and "Girlfriends". Vernon
also can be seen in these movies and TVprograms all over the world via cable and satellite broadcasts in manydifferent languages. In addition he has his own channel on the very popularinternationally visited website Truefire.com where people can see liveperformances videos, gear demonstrations of equipment he uses both in studioand live performances, feature interviews with major artist and icons in themusic industry, and more. Vernon
has also appeared on major television talk shows in the USA
and other parts of the world includingBrasil’s most popular late night shows “Programma Do Jo” and “Ronnie Von”
Vernon is one of only a handful ofmusicians in the world to have both had a signature guitar manufactured for himbearing his name, and a signature guitar string, they are called respectivelycalled the Tagima VN-1 signature guitar, and Giannini Vernon Neilly "PowerString". Vernon is a very astute businessman not only running his BoosweetRecords label, but also being involved in the instrument distribution worldwith his company Guitar Global LLC. Through his international connections hepersonally was responsible for $500,000 in sales revenue for Tagima. Vernon
recently moved on and is working withParker Guitars part of the USM conglomerate of instrument manufacturers. Thisentertainment industry veteran with his international following has helped thecompanies that he works with grow greater exposure, and sales for theirproducts whether it be through his work in the studio, on stage, in films andTV, print magazine ads, or special marketing campaigns like the "SixString Extravaganza", that he partnered with guitar god Steve Vai. Addingon his tremendous lists of accomplishments Vernon Neilly with his record labelBoosweet Records, Seymour Duncan, Morley, Xotic Effects, and other sponsors,just made history in the country of Argentina by conceiving and putting on thefirst guitar competition in the history of that country which was a hugesuccess and was supported by major media powerhouses such as video channelsMTV, CME, and radio giant Rock & Pop 95.9
Vernon is currently finishing up his new release "Outta Time" featuring an all-star cast of musicians such as Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, Kiko Loureiro, Doug Wimbish, Mattius Eklundh, Jennifer Batten and others.