Dee Jackson Field is an American singer-songwriter born in Newark, New Jersey. She attended Newark public schools and later studied music at Rutgers University, Newark and at Jazzmobile in Harlem, New York. She began her professional career with the girl group, Thunder, Storm & Lightning, signing with Island Records. "Love Is" was her first single as a solo artist. She just completed a new EP, #Deejacksonfieldproject, with her husband, Phil Field, (Aurra, Mtume) on keyboards, synths and vocals. Also on the EP: Lenny Covington, drums and percussion; guitarists Ted Stilles and Darryl Smith; bassist Mike Griot; and vocalists Brindsley Nurse and Ron Williams. Dee and Phil have a project in the works with bassist Buddy Hankerson (Young & Company, Slave).
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Dee is also a music teacher, vocal coach, mentor and educational consultant. She has designed, sponsored and endorsed music education programs for more than three decades. She developed early childhood learning models in East Orange and South Orange, NJ and instituted a high school choral program at the Bronx, (NY) Academy of Letters. She was Lead Artist for Vocal Performance with the Studioworks youth arts apprenticeship programs at Montclair High School and Seton Hall Univeersity, and she helped the Newark Arts Council develop a new Vocal Music Artist-in-Residency for Newark Public Schools. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) she serves on the NJPAC Advisory Council, the ACTS/VIM Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Inez S. Bull Foundation, the Arts Council of East Orange and others.
An alumnus of the Rutgers University Chorale and the Essex Chorale, Dee 's love of choral music led to the founding of IMANIA Women's Chorus, a multi-generational, multicultural group established in 2010. IMANIA gets its name from two Swahili words: Imani, which means faith; and Nia, which means purpose.