52nd Street

Victor Fields

Smooth vocals, a blend of great songs by legendary composers from Ellington to Bacharach and, smooth urban jazz radio favorites "Walk On By" and Bluesette (featuring Claudia Vilella).

Victor Fields has been a performer most of his life. As a young boy, he inherited the gift of song from his Julliard-trained mother. Today, he is an artist who brings a fresh and distinct sound to the music world.

At the same time he was making a name for himself as a well-respected businessman in the San Francisco area, Fields was also pursuing a music career. After studying voice with the renowned vocal coach, David Tigner, he began "sitting in" at San Francisco/Bay Area clubs. It wasn't long before he became popular on the private party circuit in San Francisco and Napa Valley.

Victor is also an accomplished writer. Coming to grips with a family crisis was the inspiration for writing "Promise", the title track from his debut CD. On his new release, "52nd Street", he offers his listeners a collection of classic songs and two originals, "Five-Two Blues" and "Open Your Heart". The first song is dedicated to the legendary Joe Williams and the golden age of swing. The latter is dedicated to the victims of September 11, 2001.

The CD, "52nd Street", is a paean to an era of musical creativity. But the tribute goes deeper than that. The spirit and the energy Fields brings gives listeners the feeling that they are club hopping down New York's fabled jazz strip.

From the soulful version of Burt Bacharach's "Walk On By" to the Brazilian Portuguese strains of "Bluesette," Fields guides the listeners through a trip down this imagined "52nd Street" and across the urban/jazz/pop spectrum, stretching the concept of the music way beyond its traditional boundaries.

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Thinking of You

Victor Fields

Smooth Jazz vocal stylings of Victor Fields as you've never heard him before with special guests Chris Camozzi, Jeff Lorber, Richard Elliot, and Rick Braun. Recorded at the legendary Record Plant in Sausalito, CA.

In this era of disposable popular music and “flavor of the month” idols, there remain a few song stylists who truly study their craft, sing songs with meaning and substance, and strive to create a significant body of work that will stand the test of time. Victor Fields is one such artist. He’s a romantic dreamer, an optimistic believer who committed to and invested in himself. He’s in it for the love: love of singing, love of song, and love of performing. His fourth album, Thinking Of You, led Fields to discovering his identity as a vocalist. It’s also the album his fans have been waiting for.

“It’s up-tempo and soulful,” described Fields. “It’s pretty much the same formula in that it’s smooth vocals over funky tracks. It’s decidedly more fun, more upbeat and more danceable.” It’s also the first album Fields made that will specifically appeal to smooth jazz listeners. He’s evolved from being a jazz vocalist with overt urban tendencies into a smooth jazz vocalist, which admittedly is somewhat of a rare breed in a format that predominantly spotlights guitars, horns and keyboardists. “This album feels like home to me. The music was fun and challenging. Smooth jazz is a format I’m comfortable with and it naturally suits my style.”

Fields was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. For a while, the family was bi-coastal as they also had a home near Los Angeles in Southern California. His mother was a singer and a Julliard-trained pianist, but she gave up her passion for her family, never pursuing her gift. In the house, she exposed Fields to classical, blues and pop music. Music took the family to a different place. For them, music was spiritual and had a grounding effect. After attending Bowdoin College as a political science major, Fields became a successful businessman while living in the Bay Area. He started singing as a hobby and took vocal lessons to help develop his voice. While trying to find his voice, he sang all types of music in various settings. He attended songwriting demo derbies because he wanted to write songs, but also to learn how to identify a great song. Fields is lyrically motivated in his song selection process. “For me, it’s about the song, which is the raw product. I sing songs as I feel them, whether I wrote it or if someone else wrote it. I’ve been taught to understand the story and to fall in love one song at a time.”

After his mother passed, Fields was inspired to make a major change in life. “Years from now, I didn’t want to say, ‘What if?’ or ‘I should have.’ I gave up singing to pursue a more practical career, but it came back to me at a higher level than before.”

Through a friend, he connected with Grammy-nominated producer-songwriter Kashif (Evelyn Champagne King, Kenny G, George Benson, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick). The result was Fields’ 1998 debut album, Promise. A few years later, Fields met Chris Camozzi, a guitarist who has topped the smooth jazz radio charts as a solo artist and has accompanied such voices as Michael Bolton and Mariah Carey. In Camozzi, Fields found someone who truly knew how to listen to his voice and bring the best performances out of him, both in the recording studio and on stage. Camozzi’s vision meshed with and enriched Fields’ own musical vision. Their first collaboration was 2002’s 52nd Street album, which landed on Billboard’s jazz album chart. The critically-acclaimed disc produced by Camozzi included guest performances by Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber and Gerald Albright.

Last year, Fields and Camozzi were back in the studio together to create the Victor album. The collection of love songs was comprised of several standards along with material from contemporary songwriters Diane Warren, Stevie Wonder, Vince Gill and Chuck Loeb. It was an expansive disc with songs that ran the gamut from traditional and contemporary jazz, R&B and adult pop to theatrical Broadway-esque tunes. The album’s closer, “It’s Never Too Late In Life,” is an inspirational song that serves as kind of a personal anthem for Fields. “Music is an extension of who I am. Sometimes you have to step back and take a look at what you went through to get to where you are. Whether it’s in love, your career, or anything else you are passionate about, you’ve got to believe that your dreams are waiting for you. But you need to have the courage to pursue them.”

Things aren’t easy for Fields, yet he lives by faith. Some people pursue careers in music in search of riches and fame. Not Fields. He had achieved wealth through business and is now pursuing his true love. He has invested his own money into producing his albums and releasing them independently on the Regina Records label, aided by his wife, Regina, a lawyer. Top recording artists and musicians work with him because they believe in his talent. “I’m trying to be the best musically that I can be,” declared Fields. “I feel blessed to work with such great musicians over the years. They inspire me to elevate my game and to come up with something special. What I strive to do is bring elements of old school jazz legends and classic R&B artists and merge them with the best of today’s musical sensibilities.”

Fields naturally gravitates towards love songs and Thinking Of You is indeed a collection of love songs. “But not all love songs are slow and sad,” Fields reminds us. Fields and Camozzi spent months listening to songs and demos while searching for the right material to record for the album. “I approach things as a jazz singer. I like to see how other artists before me put it together. Sometimes you have to go back to study the masters to find your own voice. You’ve got to go back to the root first.” For Fields, his major influences are classic crooners such as Sam Cook, Joe Williams, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross.

“I try to make each song I record a musical event. Every song counts. There are no throwaways. I like to pick challenging yet interesting songs then I bring my personality and some new energy to each one,” Fields revealed. “Stylistically, my vocal phrasing, color and tone are jazzy and soulful.”

Thinking Of You was recorded in June at the legendary recording studio The Record Plant in Sausalito, California. Fields describes the record as being “as close to a live record as you can get.” The CD opens with the happy and optimistic “Lovely Day,” a Bill Withers signature tune that perfectly fits Fields’ silky smooth vocals. “Doing music independently is not easy. But along the way, I’ve experienced a lot of compassion and support that keeps me optimistic. No matter what I am faced with, I have a source of inspiration to draw from. For me, it’s my family, my friends and my fans. This CD is dedicated to them.”

Fields’ voice is breathy on “Yearning For Your Love,” a song from a man’s perspective about settling down and making a commitment to a relationship. Jeff Lorber co-wrote the title cut, “Thinking Of You,” a sexy, amorous ballad. Fields was drawn to it because of its versatility as a smooth jazz track with a distinctly urban groove. Smooth jazz star Richard Elliot contributes an animated sax to “Walkin’ In Rhythm,” which was recorded rather spontaneously with a live rhythm section. It’s a jazzier version than the original and Fields was given an abundance of space vocally. The ethereal “Creepin’” remains true to the lyric in its sensual seduction. Rick Braun added a flugelhorn to the vaporous production. “It’s In Your Vibe” is another Lorber original that Fields loved as soon as he heard it. It’s a danceable, mid-tempo R&B/pop track that he knew he’d have fun with vocally.

In addition to paying tribute to Pendergrass with the “old school meets new school” production, Fields used “When Somebody Loves You Back” to express something personal about his own relationship. “When both partners in a relationship contribute equally, it’s magical.” Live horns and a live rhythm section created a deep in-the-pocket groove. Fields got to stretch while utilizing his upper register on the dreamy and seductive “Butterflies” on which he did all the backing vocals. On “For The Cool In You,” Vince Lars’ big sax solo and Fields’ jazz-imbued vocals over an upbeat funk track bring new life to the Babyface original.

Many vocalists would shy away from singing a song as big and as significant as Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Not Fields. “It was probably the hardest song to sing on the album because it is more than a classic. It’s an anthem and I wanted to be respectful of that. I went out on many long sunset drives in the country asking Marvin for permission to sing it,” recalled Fields. “The lyric is as relevant today as it was when it was first recorded over thirty years ago. We definitely need to find a way to bring more love into the world.” Camozzi’s acoustic guitar flourishes add sparkle and wonderfully compliment Fields’ sweet caramel vocals.

With each successive album, Fields has explored a variety of dimensions of his musical muse. As he’s evolved, he’s become more focused while balancing art and life. But he’s quick to remind you that he’s got a long career path in mind. “This is only my fourth album and I’m still growing. I’m not there yet; I’m just a baby. But I am fully committed to leaving a musical legacy that I can be proud of.” Time will tell what his legacy will be, but one thing is for certain: Victor Fields will be singing songs that he’s fallen in love with while thinking of you.

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The Lou Rawls Project

Victor Fields

A sultry, bluesy and easy swinging set featuring lush, sophisticated re-imaginings of ten Rawls classics.

Back in the day, when critically acclaimed, chart-topping, San Francisco Bay Area Jazz vocalist, Victor Fields was starting his music career, working a day job and performing music on the side, the legendary Lou Rawls and entourage caught Victor's live performance in a small club in Oakland. Rawls called Fields “the man with the golden voice,” and inspired Victor to launch a full-fledged recording career. Rawls once said the immortal words, “Soul is Truth,” and Victor Fields fulfills that reality brilliantly on highly anticipated release, THE LOU RAWLS PROJECT - A sultry, bluesy and easy swinging set featuring lush, sophisticated re-imaginings of ten Rawls classics. In addition to the first single, the smooth and romantic “Let Me Be Good To You,” the singer lends his graceful caress to the balmy, gently swaying “Lady Love” (featuring producer Chris Camozzi on guitar), the smoky “Let’s Fall In Love All Over Again” and Rawls’ Philly SOUL trademark classic, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” It’s not braggin’ on himself, baby, to call Fields’ THE LOU RAWLS PROJECT a true masterpiece. ~JONATHAN WIDRAN SMOOTHJAZZ,COM GLOBAL

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Promise

Victor Fields

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Victor's debut CD produced by Grammy-winning artist, Kashif. Contains Urban/AC radio hit, "Nature Boy".

Victor Fields has been a performer most of his life. As a young boy, he inherited the gift of song from his Julliard-trained mother. Today, he is an artist who brings a fresh and distinct sound to the music world.

At the same time he was making a name for himself as a well-respected businessman in the San Francisco area, Fields was also pursuing a music career. After studying voice with the renowned vocal coach, David Tigner, he began "sitting in" at San Francisco/Bay Area clubs. It wasn't long before he became popular on the private party circuit in San Francisco and Napa Valley.

Victor is also an accomplished writer. Coming to grips with a family crisis was the inspiration for writing "Promise", the title track from his debut CD. On his new release, "52nd Street", he offers his listeners a collection of classic songs and two originals, "Five-Two Blues" and "Open Your Heart". The first song is dedicated to the legendary Joe Williams and the golden age of swing. The latter is dedicated to the victims of September 11, 2001.

The CD, "52nd Street", is a paean to an era of musical creativity. But the tribute goes deeper than that. The spirit and the energy Fields brings gives listeners the feeling that they are club hopping down New York's fabled jazz strip.

From the soulful version of Burt Bacharach's "Walk On By" to the Brazilian Portuguese strains of "Bluesette," Fields guides the listeners through a trip down this imagined "52nd Street" and across the urban/jazz/pop spectrum, stretching the concept of the music way beyond its traditional boundaries.

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Victor

Victor Fields

With his new release, the self-titled CD, "Victor" on Regina Records, singer and songwriter Victor Fields' star is higher and brighter than ever. Once again he takes us on a soulful journey and demonstrates that he has what it takes to deliver a song whether it's R&B, Jazz or Pop.

With his new release, the self-titled CD, "Victor" on Regina Records, singer and songwriter Victor Fields' star is higher and brighter than ever. Once again he takes us on a soulful journey and demonstrates that he has what it takes to deliver a song whether it's R&B, Jazz or Pop. Produced by Chris Camozzi with special guests Dave Ellis (Charlie Hunter Trio), Scott Mayo (Earth, Wind & Fire), Bill Ortiz (Santana), JP DeLaire (Prince), and Nelson Braxton (Braxton Brothers), each track is a musical experience full of lush arrangements and an urban feel that wonderfully compliment one of today's most distinctive voices.

When the San Francisco/Bay Area vocalist, Victor Fields, arrived on the scene with his debut CD, "Promise", Grammy-winning Producer/Artist, Kashif (Whitney Houston, George Benson), called him "one of the brightest stars in the near or far future". Victor's follow-up CD, "52nd Street", also produced by Camozzi featured Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, and Chris Botti. The recording made the Billboard Chart and the singles "Walk On By", "Five-Two Blues", "Round Midnight", and "Bluesette" received international radio airplay on Urban A/C, Smooth Jazz, and NPR stations.

Now with his third release he raises the bar once again. His pleading falsetto and background vocalizing on Cole Porter's "Night & Day" belies the influence of the legenday Marvin Gaye. He admittedly is a student of the classic voices like Gaye, Stevie Wonder, James Ingram and Luther Vandross. But yet he brings his own style and unique, contemporary interpretations that have won him increasing popularity among die-hard fans.

Selecting songs for a CD is never an easy process because falling in love with a song is a prerequisite. Victor adds, "If I can't connect emotionally to a song and bring something fresh to it then we won't record it". His choices are truly eclectic, that is, the best from various musical genres. But one can't help but admire his vocal talent as he moves seamlessly from traditional jazz standards like "Lush Life" to uptempo jazz-imbued R&B offerings "Paradise", "Love Will Save The Day" and Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady".

Getting to where he is today has not been easy. Music and singing have alway been his first love but not his first career choice. His mother was a Juiliard-trained pianist and, as a young boy, his house was always filled with music. Realizing the financial hardships of a musician's life, Victor's mother encouraged Victor and his sister to go to college and build solid careers. But even as he earned his degree from Bowdoin College and embarked on a career in the insurance industry, he couldn't get the music out of his blood. He performed with choirs and ensembles after working hours and on the weekends.

One night in San Francisco he got an offer that he couldn't refuse. After sitting in with the house trio for a couple of songs, the club owner hired him. "I had to find some musicians and learn a bunch of songs in a hurry." As he began performing, music started becoming more a part of his life and he was enjoying it.

Of all the tracks on his current release "It's Never Too Late In Life" was the most challenging to sing. "The dynamics and the range were similar to an 18th century song I love, 'Caro Mio Ben'". The song's lyric "it's never too late /to reach for a childhood dream/and find that dream still waiting" also had special meaning. After deferring his childhood dream until later in life, his dream waited for him again when a family tragedy put his recording hopes on hold for six more years.

In 1999, while visiting a college classmate in Los Angeles, he was introduced to Grammy-winning artist, Kashif, and his recording career and his dreams were back on track. His story is one of perserverance and courage. His songs are about love and inspiration. His fans are passionate and loyal. Once you hear his voice you'll begin to understand why. You will hear what we all hear. The sound of a spirit that has endured and that speaks directly to our hearts. The spirit of a man who tirelessly pursues his dream against all odds. What you will hear is "Victor".

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