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FROM being considered “not good enough” for Idols six years ago to receiving six South African Music Award (Sama) nominations by 2012, including best female artist, Josie Field has had one of the more interesting journeys through the South African music landscape.
Her guitar-led songs have an edge, which many do not expect. Field’s publicity releases say she is “no folk musician”, but that “she does, however, employ certain aspects of folk, blues and country styles alongside the power and passion of rock”.
Back in 2006, her debut album Mercury was the spark that started the fire. Several songs went on to receive radio playlisting and the album sold well. Field followed that up in 2008 with Leyland, which was an altogether deeper, slightly darker record. She received three Sama and two MK Award nominations for the album. 1 984 was released in early 2011, and was an instant hit with fans and critics alike. It received three Sama nominations in 2012, including the coveted best female artist nomination.
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 ongoing creative collaboration with producer Kevin Leicher has added structure to her output over time.
She will be performing at The Giba Open Air Cafe on Sunday. Food is available, and entrance into Giba Gorge is R10. Inquiries: phone 084 582 0909 or e-mail email@example.com
— Gig Guide Reporter.