Much to the chagrin of her childhood music teachers, Seattle native Tae (pronounced “Tay”) Phoenix honed her three-octave range by singing pop instead of opera, rejecting sheet music in favor of chord charts, and generally refusing to practice anything she was actually assigned.
A singer, songwriter and pianist since the age of eleven, Phoenix has played in such far flung places as Paris, France and Surabaya, Indonesia. Her favorite shows so far have been her showcase at the SXSW music festival, her performance of the national anthem at a home game for her beloved Seattle Mariners, and her breakout performance as The Wiz‘s Dorothy at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.
Phoenix’s headstrong nature and intimate songwriting style are on full display on “Rise,” a collaboration with two-time Grammy winner Pete Stewart (Toby Mac, Tait, Grammatrain), which she released on iTunes in June. The revelatory collection introduces Phoenix as a profound and fearless songwriter and a vocalist of stunning prowess, and has drawn critical comparisons to the work of both Elton John and Christina Aguilera.
In addition to producing and engineering Rise, Pete Stewart also played guitar and bass. Contributing players include Andy King on percussion, Andrew Joslyn on violin, Jonathan Icasas on viola, Rachael Beaver on cello, and Daryl Rother with string arrangements.