Gary Fields Gary Fields is a standout in the music field with his determined attitude and youthful soul. With a rich and aspiring voice Fields draws in his audience with soulful, mature lyrics and melody.
Gary Fields first album, Sounds About Right, combines a mixture of cover tracks, with a fresh appealing vibe. Gary states his goal as building an honest and lasting career through impressive music, and this first album, Sounds About Right, does that well. The music does leave a lasting impression. Gary notes that most boys his age have a different musical taste but understands that his density was to encourage listening stretch their musical limits.
1. Sounds About Right
2. We Love Each Other
3. All or Nothing at All
4. So Nice
5. Teach Me Tonight
6. I Got Time on my Hands
7. A Day in the Life of a Fool
8. Learnin' the Blues
9. How Insensitive
10. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
11. Please Be Kind
12. I'm Glad There is you
13. The Best is yet to Come
How did it feel to hear your song played from a CD?
Gary Fields : It was quite the surreal experience hearing my self on CD for the first time. I knew that it was me, and that I had already done all of the work in the studio, but to actually open that CD, pop it in the player and hear my voice was beautiful, moving moment in my life.
Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
Gary Fields : Everyone has their ideas about what it is to participate in the music industry. But the truth is that the music industry, right now, is having a bit of an identity crisis of its own, so all those pre-conceived notions can be tossed out the window. Anything can happen in today's market.
Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Gary Fields : I have only recently begun to dabble in song writing, and am finding it to be a wonderful new source of cathartic release for me. As for inspiration, it can come from anywhere, at any time. That's the beauty of it. There are so many moments in this life worth making music about. The trick is harnessing that inspiration when it hits you.
What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Gary Fields : I try to keep a steady rotation of different music flowing these days. My Ipod has everything from Charlie Parker to Chris Cornell, Ray LaMontagne to the White Stripes, Coldplay to Beethoven, and plenty more in between. If the music is true and played with real emotion, then I'm excited to hear it.
What do you do to relax?
Gary Fields : There's nothing like putting your headphones in and wandering aimlessly around the streets of New York. As hectic and crazy as life in this city can be, there's something incredibly refreshing about stepping out of the chaos and just observing for a while.
One rule you live by?
Gary Fields : If everything you do, you do with your whole heart, then there is never reason for regret.
Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Gary Fields : Well, at this point, I have barely gotten my feet wet in the music business. The fact of the matter is, this is what I love to do. And so far, I haven't been down enough to where I couldn't see a way to keep pushing forward. I've still got plenty of fight left in me before I start thinking like that. So, to answer the question, no, throwing in the towel is not even an option for me.
Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Gary Fields : That's a tough one. I absolutely love the recording process. To take a bunch of talented musicians and put them in a room together and let them create something beautiful to be documented forever is an awesome experience. Then again, taking those same people and adding the adrenaline factor of entertaining a live audience is equally as powerful. Can't I just keep doing both?
What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Gary Fields : My parents have always been so wonderful about encouraging us to follow our dreams. Without the knowledge that they would be there supporting me every step of the way, I'm not sure I would've had the strength to take such a leap of faith.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Gary Fields : I think the hardest part of all of this is the waiting. I wanted so badly to go into the studio, make a CD, then immediately start touring the world. Obviously, it doesn't work that way, and, truth be told, I wasn't at all prepared for that kind of responsibility when this whole thing got started. I'm pretty young to be singing this kind of stuff, which means that there are skeptics who must be won over, but also that as I get older, the sound will mature with me. So, if it takes sticking to it for a few years until the timing is just right, I am totally up to the challenge.
What has been your favorite part of becoming a music artist?
Gary Fields : I think I've always been an artist. It was only recently that I decided to make it public. Now it's out there for everyone to hear and enjoy... and judge. It's risky putting yourself out there like that. But that's the thrill of it all. If you can rise to the occasion, it's that much more gratifying in the long run.
If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Gary Fields : I grew up (in the jazz world, at least) with Harry Connick, Jr. It would be an honor and a privilege just to be in the same room with a talent like that, much less to get to work with him.
I've been told I sound like...
Gary Fields : Mel Torme, Bobby Darin, Michael Buble
Car I want to own:
Gary Fields : Whatever gets me there.
Car I own:
Gary Fields : I am currently a slave to mass transit... and am surprisingly happy with it.
My Music is...
Gary Fields : A little glimpse into who I am. I hope you like what you hear.
I would never leave the house without?
Gary Fields : My Iphone. What an incredible invention.
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning:
Gary Fields : Well, that all depends on what I did last night, doesn't it?