Fred (Freddie) Tieken

The True Story of a Somewhat Unconventional American Life

For more than five decades, Fred Tieken’s life has been filled with music, art 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 band, playing over 3,500 live gigs and spending thousands of hours in recording sessions. He released three albums and four singles that are still in demand today.

Fred was creative director at a leading Chicago design agency before establishing his own company. During the course of his career he received more than 200 national and international awards in the fields of design, illustration, art direction, marketing and advertising. He was featured in Graphic Design: USA magazine as an International Top 50 Art Director and was included in Who’s Who of Outstanding Americans.

Now retired from the business world, Fred has been inspired to create contemporary works of art as an outlet for his creative energy.

The following is a story of his journey in his own words.