PHIL FIELD (b. Philip Hunter Field) began studying piano at age 7 and by age 10 had made his Carnegie Hall debut. He co-wrote his first gold record, "Are You Single?" for Aurra (RCA/Salsoul) while he was at Oberlin Conservatory. A key member of the R&B/Funk group Mtume, he co-wrote songs for the hit albums, "Juicy Fruit" and "You, Me And He." He co-wrote and produced Roy Ayers' "Hot," (it’s the intro to Michael Jackson's uncut video of "The Way You Make Me Feel") and he co-wrote Toni Braxton's multi-platinum hit "How Many Ways."
Phil's television and film credits include HBO's "Divorce," Universal TV's "New York Undercover" and feature films "Native Son," "Jason's Lyric" and "Panther." His songs, and his sound, have been sampled often-- on hits featuring Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Keyshia Cole, and many others. His collaborations include a wide range of artists – Gwen Guthrie, Mavis Staples, The Bar-Kays, Nancy Wilson, Gerald LeVert—and encompass many genres, from Broadway's James Naughton to R&B/Hip Hop artist Mary J. Blige.
A native of East Orange, NJ, Phil writes and produces with his wife, ,Dee Jackson Field. Their production company, Jackson Field Music, recently released the EP "#Deejacksonfieldproject." Songs from Phil's new album will be available in summer 2019.
Philis Director of the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club, one of the country's oldest active male choral ensembles. He was also the group's accompanist and artistic director from 1995 to 2005.
He is on staff in the Music Department at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts in East Orange, where was awarded the Key to the City for his outstanding achievements in the arts.
The North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club performs "The Black, Blue and Gray." by Roy Meriwether. In this clip, Director Philip Field accompanies the group as Curtis Watkins directs.