For more than five decades, Freddie Tieken’s life has centered around music and design. He has been a musician and vocalist, songwriter and arranger, recording engineer and producer, artist manager, music publisher and concert promoter. He has owned and operated three recording studios. For 16 years, he fronted his own bands, playing over 3,500 live gigs and spending thousands of hours in recording sessions. Freddie or Fred, as he is known today, was creative director at a leading Chicago design agency before starting his own design and marketing firm. He has received more than 200 national and international awards in the fields of design, illustration, art direction, marketing and advertising. He has been featured in Graphic Design: USA magazine as an International Top 50 Art Director and has appeared in Who’s Who of Outstanding Americans.