Vernon Neilly award-winning guitarist/producer at 19 years old started working at the #1 radio station in South Florida WEDR (99Jamz) as a radio air personality, his radio and music industry experience led him to be the owner and founder of his own internationally distributed record company, Boosweet Records. Boosweet Records is an award winning independent record label based in Los Angeles, California, that has been releasing musical products successfully since 1999. Boosweet Records was one of the first music labels in the world to distribute music using digital files making Vernon a pioneer of the digital music movement, along with mp3.com, way before Apple iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Emusic, got in the game.
Vernon Neilly is also a Billboard Charting “Top 10” award winning recording artist, who has recorded with, toured with, produced, and worked with some of the most legendary names in the music business. These include the late blues legends Johnny Guitar Watson, and Etta James. The Temptations, Guitar virtuosos, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Kiko Loureiro, Frank Gambale, Jennifer Batten, and Slash. Funk/Rock pioneer George Clinton, bassists Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Jeff Beck), Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani), TM Stevens (Steve Vai), Juan Nelson (Ben Harper) and many more international artists. His CD’s “G-Fire” and “G-Fire II” garnered Vernon two consecutive Music Awards. His current CD Outta Time has already achieved another Billboard Top 10 single with the controversial single “They Don’t Care,” with the accompanying video seen by millions of people world wide.
Vernon and his CD’s have also been featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Guitar World, Total Guitar, 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, Cutaway Guitar Magazine(Spain), Todo Guitarra Y Bajo(Argentina), Musico Pro(Mexico, Central, and South America), Young Guitar(Japan) and many others, and also a myriad of newspapers, e-zines, and podcasts globally. Songs from his CD’s have been used in the programs MTV’s Made, BET’s Jazz Impressions, and PBS radio as background musical themes in the United States. He is music is played all over the world every day on radio programs, also on new digital radio platforms such as Pandora, Slacker, Radio, Itunes Radio, XM, DMX, Music Choice and other popular internet stations. Also in the United States, his music is played in car dealerships, supermarkets, hotels, fast-food places, restaurants, and clubs. Vernon has had the privilege to appear and be interviewed on several late night talk shows, including the popular Brazilian shows Programa Do Jo and Ronnie Von with viewers of more than 50,000,000 people, and recently on Fox Network Argentina’s Nunca Es Tarde to 20,000,000.
Vernon extended his career to acting both in movies and television and now, Vernon can be seen on televisions, iPads, tablets, smartphones across the world in 3 major film company releases, Universals “Along Came Polly“, Warner Bros. “Starsky and Hutch“, and the most recent, Columbia Pictures “Walk Hard“. Vernon has also appeared in the UPN Network’s hit television sitcom “One On One,” and “Girlfriends,” both now in syndication globally.
Adding to his great lists of accomplishments Vernon is endorsed by many well-known instrument manufacturers, Parker Guitars, Seymour Duncan, Morley, Xotic Effects, Giannini acoustic guitars and strings, Meteoro amps, Tecniforte cables, Digitech, Levy’s straps, Wampler pedals and other sponsors. Vernon is one of only a handful of guitarists in the world to have his signature guitar string. Vernon made history in the country of Argentina by conceiving and putting on the first guitar competition in the history of that country, which was a huge success called Guitar Power. Major media supported it in Argentina, MTV, CM, and Argentinian radio giant Rock & Pop 95.9.