Three NUMBER ONE albums, 5 top 10 singles, numerous international releases…
Vinny Vero began his career in the business of music as a marketing and A&R executive at EMI Records working with multi-platinum international acts like Roxette, Pet Shop Boys, Jon Secada, Robert Palmer, Huey Lewis And The News, Go West and Queensryche among others. It was during this time that he developed Brilliant!, a successful dance/pop oriented imprint under the EMI umbrella of labels which produced several international, chart topping singles. He also became one of the creative pioneers behind the then burgeoning compilation market and was the guiding force behind bringing the Now That’s What I Call Music brand to US shores.
Throughout the 90s and 00s, Vinny vigorously pursued his production and songwriting career. Vinny has seen his production abilities leant to the Grammy-nominated hit “To Step Aside” by Pet Shop Boys and the worldwide smash single “In The Springtime Of His Voodoo” by Tori Amos. He co-wrote and produced six songs for Billie Ray Martin on “18 Carat Garbage”, the follow-up to her smash, debut album which included the international hit “Your Loving Arms”. Vinny has also produced records for Ace Of Base, Bananarama, Blondie, Judy Cheeks, Cut N’ Move, Bryan Ferry, Frida (from ABBA), Shara Nelson and Rozalla. Vinny’s successful remixes for Blondie were instrumental in bringing them back together for their 1999 reunion album, “No Exit”.
Based in New York, Vinny has spent many years honing his craft. He divides his time between his home, Los Angeles, Nashville, London and Stockholm writing songs, working on productions and developing arrangements. In the last five years alone, Vinny has had top 10 albums and singles with international, major label acts including Jim Brickman, B3, Yvonne Catterfeld, Latik, Tania Moran, Sandra Oxenryd, Paulini, Rosa, Vanessa S, and Wei Wei. In fact, Wei Wei, China’s biggest star with album sales of over 200 million, hosted the 2008 Olympics in Bejing and performing a selection of Vinny’s songs in front of billions of people across the globe.
Over the years, the rapidly growing list of hit artists Vinny has been asked to pen hit songs has included Paula Abdul, Oleta Adams, Peter Andre, Another Level, Marc Anthony, Rick Astley, Toni Braxton, Jim Brickman, Five, Eric Gadd, Robin Gibb, Tony Hadley (of Spandau Ballet), Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Joe Dee Messina, Kylie Minogue, Mandy Moore, Ultra Nate, N’Sync, React, Robyn, Jon Secada, Donna Summer and Tina Turner.
Ever challenging himself further, Vinny’s entrepreneurial side saw him start his own independent record label in 1998, the appropriately named Finetune Recordings. The label saw the signing, development and success of new material by Boy George, Black Box and Billie Ray Martin. In fact, the label went from strength to strength with its biggest success having come from New York native Caprice with her smash hit “There Goes Your Heart” which became a top 20 hit and a radio staple in many major metro markets across the US.
Also, Vinny spent the last seven years with Time Life where he was brought in to contribute his marketing expertise and knowledge of popular music. He produced dozens of box sets and television programs hosted by legendary performers including Air Supply, Peabo Bryson, Roger Daltrey, KC And The Sunshine Band, Huey Lewis, Kenny Rogers and Vanessa Williams.
Most recently, Vinny completed producing tracks and directing videos for Bret Michaels (lead singer of Poison), Jim Brickman and The Manhattan Transfer, as well as producing a brand new version of “Beautiful People”, the third single from Pet Shop Boys’ album, “Yes”. Additionally, Vinny will spending his spare time DJing around New York, San Francisco and across Europe.