Paul Field (Christian singer)
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|Occupation(s)||Musician, writer, producer|
|Associated acts||Nutshell/Network 3|
Paul Field is a British Christian musician and songwriter.
Working as a professional composer, producer and musician since the mid-1970s Field has won an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and a Dove Award from GMA in Nashville. He has also been nominated for Dove Awards on two other occasions. Many artists around the world have recorded his songs and his production and arrangement credits range from country to gospel to classical and back to rock and pop.
Field's song "Testify to Love" (co-written with Ralph van Manen) and Henk Pool) has been a US hit three times: first a #1 for Avalon and also for Wynonna Judd on the double platinum CD "Touched by an Angel" (soundtrack to the TV show) which made No. 3 in the Billboard Chart. More recently the song was re-released as the title track on Avalon's platinum 'Greatest Hits' CD.
In the US, Field's songs have been recorded by Grammy award-winning artists, including Rebecca St James, Jaci Velasquez, Phil Keaggy, Point of Grace, Jennifer Stanley, Natalie Grant and Jennifer Knapp. Field regularly works in Nashville on various projects.
Over the years Field has written six musicals: 'Daybreak', 'Visions', 'Breaking Bread', 'Burning Questions', 'Hopes and Dreams' and 'Here and Now'. He also writes music for film, television and advertising (including British Rail, the Cabbage Patch Kids, Astro Farm, Guinness, the European News Network, Australian TV and the Tokyo Motor Show).
Paul Field has been in demand as a producer and arranger. He has also provided backing vocals for various acts, including Cliff Richard, Rick Wakeman, Gloria Gaynor, Phil Everley, Paul Jones, Amy Grant, Lesley Ashe, David & Carrie Grant, Chris Rea, Andraé Crouch, Jessy Dixon, Katy Melua and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He began his career in the early 1970s with the folk trio Nutshell. The group was originally called Jesus Revolution, but then recorded two albums under the name of Nutshell. At this time the other members of the group were Heather Bennett and Pam Thiele.
Bennett and Thiele then left and were replaced by Annie McCaig and Mo McCafferty. The group released two further albums. Between 1979 and 1981 they toured with Cliff Richard as backing singers and support act.
Following the break-up of Network 3, Paul embarked on a solo career with the acclaimed Restless Heart (1982). His albums were notable for strong melodies, classy arrangements and good lyrics.
He wrote his six musicals, 'Daybreak', 'Visions', 'Breaking Bread','Burning Questions', 'Hopes and Dreams' and 'Here and Now', on various specific themes.
Field continued to combine his solo career with production, songwriting and arranging.
In 2001 and 2002 he travelled to India with Garth Hewitt. They co-wrote and produced The Dalit Drum CD for Christian Aid. This album used live recordings of Dalit drummers in support of the Dalit's or 'Untouchables'.
In 2004, one of Paul's children's songs. Surrounded by his love. was used as part of the Queen Elizabeth's Christmas message, on Christmas Day.
In recent times Field has been writing and providing production for Jonathan Veira. He has written songs for a Dutch film and completed two albums of children's songs. He has also provided backing vocals for Brian Houston, written lyrics for a BBC project for school assemblies, produced Beyond Belief with Martin John Nicholls, for Christian Aid.
Most recently his main focus has been on Cargo, a project about the abolition of the slave trade. This has been developed alongside Anti-Slavery International, Compassion, Stop the Traffik and the UK Human Trafficking centre. Throughout 2007, Cargo has been toured with Coco Mbassi, Mike Haughton, Sadie Chamberlain and Dan Wheeler.
- In Your Eyes (1976, Myrrh, MYR1029)
- Flyaway (1977, Myrrh, MYR1056)
- Begin Again (1978, Myrrh, MYR1067)
- Believe it or Not (1979, Myrrh, MYR1084)
- Best of Nutshell (1981, Myrrh, MYR1099)
- Restless Heart (1982, Myrrh, MYR1117)
- Daybreak [Musical] (1983, Dayspring, DAY4008)
- Building Bridges (1984, Myrrh, MYR1168)
- Visions [Musical] (1985, Myrrh, MYX1191)
- Different Yet the Same with Roy Martin (1986, Myrrh. MYRR1211)
- Breaking Bread [Musical] (1986, Kingsway)
- Love Between the Lines (1988, Edge, ER7011)
- Tattoo (1989, Independent)
- For the World One Voice (1991, Go For Music)
- State of the Heart' (1992, ICC)
- Pass it On (1992, ICC)
- Burning Questions [Musical] (1993, Kingsway)
- Big Dreams and Little Rebellions (1994, ICC)
- Fit for Life (1995, ICC)
- Empty Page (1997, ICC, ICCD21430)
- Hopes and Dreams (1998, Kingsway)
- Time Will Tell [Musiacal] (1999, Independent)
- Dangerous Journey [Musical] (2000, ICC)
- In the Long Run (2000, ICC, ICCD51630)
- Here and Now [Musical] (2002, Kingsway, KMCD2423)
- Make a Joyful Noise (2003, ICC)
- Let There be Peace (2003, ICC, ICCD77130)
- Still You Speak (2004, ICC)
- Without the Song and Dance (2005, Nearfield)
- CARGO [Musical] (2007, Nearfield)
Design with Paul Field
- Invisible Fire (1988, Krea Holland)
Garth Hewitt and Paul Field
- The Dalit Drum (2001, Christian Aid)
- Scott 2003. p99
- Powell 2002, p643
- Mark Allan Powell. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music'. (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 2002)
- Ken Scott. Archivist: Vintage Vinyl Jesus Music, 1965–1980. 3rd edition. (Ken Scott, 2003)