The accomplishment of Fred Vail in the music and entertainment industry is phenomenal in the sense that he achieved these at such a tender age. Starting his career in 1957 as a teen news announcer in Sacramento, California at the age of twelve, he became a disc jockey at fifteen and rose to become country music program director at seventeen. Then, when he was a high school senior, he became the youngest American concert promoter at the age of 18 when he started booking at graduation parties, teen clubs and school assemblies popular recording artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Righteous Brothers and Jan & Dean. He also produced the first major concert appearance of The Beach Boys and was employed by the popular group that same night as its marketing manager and event emcee.
In 1964, when Fred Vail was 19, he again produced and emceed another concert by the popular group and came up with the idea of producing the famous album based on the event entitled “Beach Boys Concert,” that eventually topped the charts and was certified gold. Five years later, when he was 25, he rose to become the manager of the Beach Boys and headed as well the band’s Brother Records label. Three years later, at the age of 28, Fred Vail got the opportunity to work with the best record men at that time when he was hired as promotions and marketing manager of Capital Records, and RCA Records the following year.
Resigning from RCA in 1974, Fred Vail moved to Nashville and did independent radio promotions and marketing for performing and recording artists in the likes of Olivia-Newton John, Eric Clapton, John Travolta, Jimmy Dean, Ronnie McDowell, Earl Thomas Conley, George Clinton, as well as for record labels such as GRT and RSO Records.
In 1980, Fred Vail founded Nashville’s oldest independent recording studio, the Treasure Isle Recorders, Inc., which was the first multi-track digital studio and the best “live” tracking room in Music City. The country’s most popular artists such as John Denver, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, Keith Urban, Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys and many others have all experienced the unique sound of Treasure Isle.
During his more than four decades in the broadcasting and recording industry, Fred Vail has received numerous honors, including 20 Gold and Platinum Awards. Aside from being the president and CEO of Treasure Isle Recorders, Inc., he has also served the recording industry in various capacities, such as Member of the Board of Trustees of the Association for Independent Music and Governor and Vice President of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Industry. In 1986, he was also a Republican nominee in the 6th Congressional District of Tennessee.