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's songs have been popular with the public as well as with other musicians. He co-wrote his first big hit, "Are You Single" by Aurra, in 1981. House music guru Marshall Jefferson included the song as the first track on his Salsoul Records compilation, "Foundations of House."
As a writer, performer, and musical director, he was a member of the group Mtume from 1982 - 1986, and co-wrote six songs for the band. The group's album, "Juicy Fruit" was certified gold.
Phil co-produced seven songs on Roy Ayers' 1985 Columbia Records album, "You Might Be Surprised," and co-wrote the hit single,"Hot," from that album -- it's the intro to Michael Jackson's uncut video of "The Way You Make Me Feel." 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."
Phil writes and produces with his wife, Dee Jackson Field. Their production company, Jackson Field Music, released its first EP"#deejacksonfieldproject," in 2017. Their latest single, "Here We Go" was released on June 26, 2022. In addition to his wife, Field's current group, the Phil Field Band, includes drummer Lenny Covington (Parkway Soul) and bassist Buddy Hank (Slave, Young & Company.)
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.