PHIL FIELD (b. Philip Hunter Field aka Philip Field) is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, synth programmer, record producer and music educator. He was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. He attended The Pingry School and studied classical piano at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Phil joined the group Aurra in 1980 and co-wrote six songs for their album, Send Your Love, including his first big hit, "Are You Single" in 1981. As a writer, performer, and musical director, he was a member of the group Mtume from 1982 - 1986. He co-wrote three songs for the band's 1983 album, Juicy Fruit, which was certified gold., as well as three songs on the You, Me and He album.
Phil co-produced seven songs on Roy Ayers' 1985 Columbia Records album, You Might Be Surprised, and co-wrote the hit single,"Hot." He co-wrote "How Many Ways" from Toni Braxton's multi-platinum debut album.
His songs, and his sound, have been sampled often-- on hits featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z 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. His film and television credits include feature films "Native Son," "Jason's Lyric" and "Panther," Universal TV's "New York Undercover," and HBO's "Divorce."
"Here We Go," a funk-infused R&B single by the Phil Field Band, was released in June of 2022. Joining Phil and Dee in the band are drummer Lenny Covington (Parkway Soul) and bassist Buddy Hank (Slave, Young & Company, Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame.) The Fields released a new electronic, dance song, "No More Tears," in October of 2022.
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.