After a ten year career, five solo albums and receiving seven (7) South African Music Award (SAMA) nominations by 2015 including Best Female Artist of the Year: Josie Field has had one of the more interesting journeys through the South African music landscape.
Her signature sound is a potent mix of lyricism and fire, heart-felt issues and tender constructions. She has a unique voice as well as vocal delivery style that sets her apart from the mainstream pop princesses of the music world. This marked leaning to sing about actual issues means that her guitar-led songs have an edge to them that many do not expect. Having dabbled in soul, blues and country in her third album and with strong elements of jazz coming through on her latest release, Josie is no ordinary folk musician, don’t be misled by the singer/songwriter tag.
Her debut album Mercury was the spark that started the fire back in 2006. Several songs went on to receive radio play-listing and the album sold well. Josie followed that up in 2008 with Leyland which was an altogether deeper, slightly darker record.
She received three (3) SAMA and two (2) MK Award nominations for the album but has not stopped there. 1984 was released in early 2011 and was an instant hit with fans and critics alike receiving three (3) SAMA nominations in 2012 including the coveted “Best Female Artist” nomination.
Josie Field has emerged from being the new, young singer-songwriter on the block to being an established artist with a career of depth and variety. She has stuck to her guns, developing a body of work that has to be taken seriously in its range, depth and the accumulated volume of hours behind it. Her on-going creative collaboration with producer Kevin Leicher has added structure to her output over time. Josie is a hard working artist, gigging, song-writing and recording in an on-going loop of activity.
Josie started out playing open-mic sessions wherever she could. But since then she has had airplay on every national and regional radio station in the country and shared the stage with huge international acts including James Blunt, Ziggy Marley, Westlife, Missy Higgins and most recently, Michelle Shocked. She was also one of the artists who sang for Nelson Mandela at his 90th Birthday party and performed at Fan Parks at the Semi and Finals of the Soccer World Cup 2010. She has performed on the most prestigious stages and festival lineups nationwide and taken her music to Dubai, Seychelles, Germany and the UK.
This energetic singer has also kept herself busy with more than just shows and award ceremonies. In 2010 Josie became ambassador for the Levi Strauss Curve ID campaign, which has changed the way woman will shop for jeans forever. In the following year her song Power taken from 1984, was partnered with the Suzuki Kizashi advertising campaign.
2011 saw Field organize her own music festival, The Drake Music Festival, which she promoted, managed and ran herself. Four albums is a career for many artists in South Africa, but Josie has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Having teamed up with Laurie Levine (Americana singer songwriter) in 2013 for Side By Side, their folksy side project, which was dubbed SA’s Best Collaboration of the Year 2013, they then went on to co-write Tigerlily which has just earned them another node from the SAMA awards 2016 for Best Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.
In early 2017 Field released her greatly anticipated 5th full length solo studio album entitled Indie Soul, a collection of incredibly personal yet addictively catchy songs. Josie Field is currently living in Europe with the intention of sharing her latest work with the world.
Indie Soul, Field’s 5th full length studio album is testament to her mature yet irresistibly catchy songwriting style. Five albums later and its clear that Field has raised the bar once more, the writing is insightful, taking everyday situations and dissecting them as only Field can, yet the themes remain beautifully simple. Indie Soul is a sonic journey combining old school soul with contemporary sounds, Field’s strong bluesy voice is the glue that holds it all together, she has cemented her sound, arguably her best work to date.
“This is Josie Field, always one of the most unique voices on South Africa’s music scene, at her best. Her latest work is beautiful, controlled and refined, yet ragged, raw, restless and regretful in the right places. In her new songs Field renders herself naked, pushing her music to the edge… A glorious precipice to experience.” ~ Darren Taylor Voice of America (VOA) Radio
Following a string of successful national tours and the development of their well-loved, unique musical partnership over the last four years, Josie Field and Laurie Levine have taken their collaboration to the next level by releasing their first co-written album consisting of a collection of brand new original material. The first of its kind for two female South African singer-songwriters, ‘Tigerlily’ is a rich blend of Josie Field’s deep, soulful blues tones with Laurie Levine’s velvet-honey country inflections, with a strong focus on their elegant harmonies.