In less than a year, Dean Fields has gone from relative obscurity to the fresh, new voice of the male singer-songwriter. Originally from Mechanicsville VA, Fields began his music career by earning his undergraduate degree in music composition from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Upon graduation, Fields made the decision to pursue his career further by enrolling in Graduate school at University of Miami for Music Business.
Fields had just begun to pen the songs that would make up his debut album, "Imitations," when he was first discovered in 2001 by music critic Evellyn McDonnell at a songwriting event in Florida. Inspired by the abrupt break-up of a long-term love interest, Fields began to document his pain and sadness the only way he knew how...he wrote about it. "I was living in the beautiful place with gorgeous people and amazing nightlife, and where was I? -Holed up in a corner room, depressed, and writing songs." Upon receiving the distinction of "Best in Miami" and performing at the premier Billboard Live, the singer-songwriter made the decision to leave Miami and dedicate himself to developing his craft and performing live. "I just woke up one day and said, "Screw this. All I want to do is play music. And off I went."
While promoting his debut album, "Imitations," Fields has performed over 170 shows in clubs and college campuses along the east coast in 2003. He has shared the stage with noteworthy acts including John Hiatt, Carbonleaf, Rusted Root's Michael Glabicki, Catie Curtis, Bruce Hornsby, Virginia Coalition, KT Tunstall, Honorary Title, Cary Brothers, Amy Smith, Mat Kearny, Tony Joe White, Mark Geary, Seven Nations, Madeleine Peyroux, Richard Julian, Vienna Teng, and others. Released in October of 2002, the album was engineered and co-produced by Alan Weatherhead (Clem Snide, Denali) at Sound of Music Studios, which is owned by David Lowery of the band Cracker.
The album has garnered rave reviews and superior ratings from many publications and critics,as well as becoming one of the top selling albums on CDBaby, the internet's largest music distributor. Most recently, Billboard Magazine chose Fields as one of the top six acts to showcase at the Independent Music World Series in Nashville TN. Fields was the only singer-songwriter selected from over 1200 entries. He has also been a featured performer at BMI sponsored songwriting events in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles.
Fields continues to win over critics and audiences everywhere, and has even received an enthusiastic thumbs up from recording artist David Gray. His music is being featured in film scores, soundtracks, and on MTV's reality television shows Real World, Road Rules, and Sorority Life Dean Fields is poised to make his mark.
FESTIVAL AND MUSIC CONFERENCE PERFORMANCES
Rites of Spring 2005, NeMO Boston 2004, Atlantis 2004, Dewey Beach 2004, 2NMC 2004, NACA Northeast 2004, NACA Midatlantic 2005, MusicPlayerLive 2005
Fields has shared the stage with: Bruce Hornsby, Hootie and the Blowfish, Julie Roberts, Cake, Ingram Hill, Yonder Mountian String Band, Josh Kelley, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, John Hiatt, Aqualung, Cary Brothers, Honorary Title, KT Tunstall, Tracy Bonham, Catie Curtis, Vienna Teng, Carbonleaf, Angie Aparo, Virginia Coalition, Rusted Root, Madeleine Peyroux, Richard Julian, and many others.
BMI SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
Selected to perform at BMI Songwriter Showcases in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and the BMI Brunch at SXSW 2005 in Austin TX! .
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE SELECTS DEAN FIELDS AS FINALIST
Discmakers and BIllboard Magazine selected Dean Fields as one of six artists chosen from over 1,200 acts for Billboard Magazine's Independent Music World Series, Southeast Region (the only Singer Songwriter selected for the finals). The event was held in front of industry judges and a sold out crowd in Nashville TN.
EXCLUSIVE BORDERS IN-STORE TOUR
Dean Fields was chosen from a list of dozens of top new artists to perform exclusive in-store concerts in Borders Books and Music locations.
Over 300 shows in 2003/2004 including 55 college shows.
TOP ONLINE SALES ON CDBABY
Since it’s October 2002 release, ‘imitations’ has spent several weeks ranked as one of the top selling albums on CDBaby, the internet’s largest independent music distributor.
DEAN FIELDS ON MTV
Songs from ‘imitations’ have been heard on MTV’s Road Rules, Real World, and Sorority Life.