Vernon Neilly is an international, award-winning recording artist, who has recorded with, toured with, produced, worked with some of the most legendary names in the music business 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”, funk pioneer George Clinton, Brasilian guitar hero’s “Edu Ardanuy”, Kiko Loureiro (Angra,Megadeth) and many more.
He produced and mastered the 18 artist compilation disc “United By Tone” in conjunction with the world’s 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), Alien Ant Farm, Jimmy Bruno, 311, Seymour Duncan , and Vernon, who’s track “Nassau Nights” is the first song on the disc.
Vernon just released his 5th solo CD entitled “Outta Time” to his international fan base and the world. This CD features some of the most prominent guitar players, bass players, and drummers in the world such as Frank Gambale (Chic Corea), Greg Howe (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, Rianna), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth, Angra, Tarja), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), Vic Johnson (Sammy Hagar, Busboys), Mattius Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Jeff Beck, Tarja), TM Stevens (Steve Vai), Phillip Bynoe (Steve Vai), Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), and others.
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, Cutaway Guitar Magazine(Spain), Todo Guitarra Y Bajo(Argentina), Musico Pr (Mexico, Central, and South America), Young Guitar(Japan) 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” as background themes, and PBS Radio. His songs are being played all over the USA in major retail outlets and food establishments as part of their in-store programming, such as Walmart and McDonalds 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, and DVD 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”. Vernon also can be seen in these movies and TV programs all over the world via cable and satellite broadcasts in many different languages.
Vernon recently moved on and is working with Parker Guitars part of the US Music Corp, conglomerate of instrument manufacturers. Other companies that Vernon endorses are Seymour Duncan, Giannini acoustic guitars, and strings, Dunlop, Wampler, Sony Music Software, Levy’s Straps and Bags, Sony Creative Software, Digitech Effects, In-Tune Guitar Picks, Xotic Effects, and Meteoro Amps.
SOURCE: Official Bio