Neil Mason is a writer and multi instrumentalist born and raised in Nashville, TN. He first started working in the music industry while still in high school, signing a major label recording contract with MCA Records with his pop/rock band LLAMA. LLAMA released a record "Close To The Silence" & an EP "The World From Here" in 2001 and 2002. The band's songs were featured in such movies as "Van Wilder" and "Swim Fan." Following the breakup of LLAMA he continued writing and began playing drums with artists such as Kyle Andrews, Jeremy Lister and Eliot Morris. In early 2005 Neil began writing with high school friend Jaren Johnston that led to the formation of American Bang. American Bang would go on to sign a record deal with Warner Bros. Records out of LA and make their self-titled debut album with legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith). American Bang toured extensively from 2006-2010 performing with acts such as ZZ TOP, The Pretenders, The Black Crowes and many others as well as playing major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Austin City Limits & Lollapalooza.
American Bang's music has been featured in numerous film and television placements, including the trailer for the remake of "Footloose," MTV's "The Hills," "Greek" and their song "Wild & Young" is the theme song for World Wrestling's show "NXT" for the past two years. Neil along with Kyle Andrews wrote the song "You Always Make Me Smile" in early 2009 and the song went on to be used in the world wide ad campaign for Holiday Inn's "Stay You" campaign for the past two years as well as being featured in television show "Grey's Anatomy," an XBOX commercial, promo spots on Fox for the show "Glee" and ads in Sweden, Greece and South Africa.
His song "If It Rains" was recorded last year by rock legend Meatloaf and released on his album "Hang Cool Teddy Bear".
Neil spends his time now writing pop and country music out of his studio in Nashville as well as focusing on his new band "The Cadillac Black," which formed in early 2011. He is a primary songwriter and the drummer along with two of his former band mates from American Bang. The Cadillac Black have already been featured in promos for the 2011 season of "House," as well as having three of their songs in "The Vampire Diaries" and one in "CSI Miami."