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In this era of disposable popular music and “flavor of the month” idols, there remain few artists who truly study their craft, sing songs with style and substance, and strive to create a significant body of work that stands the test of time. Victor Fields is one such artist. With four CDs to his credit—Victor—called the man with the golden voice by the legendary Lou Rawls, has demonstrated his incredible gifts and range as an artist. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Victor’s love for music was culti- vated and shaped by his mother, a singer and a Julliard-trained pianist. After attending Bowdoin College, Victor moved to the San Francisco/Bay Area where he built a successful business and began studying voice and songwriting to perfect his craft and to pursue his life-long love of singing and performing. In 1997, a mutual friend introduced Victor to the Grammy nominated producer/songwriter, Kashif (Kenny G, George Benson, Whitney Houston), which led to their collaboration on his debut album, Promise (1998). Released on Victor’s independent label, Regina Records, the CD gained impressive reviews and a strong cult following. In 2002, Victor followed with the disc, 52nd Street, produced by famed guitarist, Chris Camozzi (Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton). The CD, with featured guests Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber, Nelson Braxton and Gerald Albright, received critical acclaim and landed at #12 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. In 2005, Fields and Camozzi once again collaborated on the Victor CD. A collection of contemporary interpretations of jazz standards and compositions by celebrated songwriters Diane Warren, Stevie Wonder, Vince Gill and Chuck Loeb, the disc also highlighted Victor’s mastery of a wide offering of musical styles ranging from contemporary jazz, R&B and adult pop to even theatrical Broadway-esque tunes. With his latest release, Thinking of You, Victor once again showcases his gifts as a song master in action fea- turing smooth jazz stars Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, and Rick Braun. The first two singles are receiving international radio airplay and placed in the top 10 on the Indie Smooth Jazz and in the top 30 on the Urban AC Radio and Records Charts. These achievements, along with his sold out performance at Manhattan’s Sugar Bar and rave reviews after opening for soul legend Isaac Hayes at the Capital Jazz Festival, are recent examples of why Victor Fields won’t be considered one of the music industry’s best kept secrets much longer.

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Victor Fields: Promise
Victor Fields: 52nd Street
Victor Fields: Victor
Victor Fields: Thinking of You