In her teens, Seattle singer-songwriter Tae (pronounced “Tay”) Phoenix honed her three-octave range by singing opera and musical theatre, before transitioning to writing her own music and accompanying herself on the piano.
Phoenix has performed in such far flung places as London, Paris, and Surabaya, Indonesia. Her favorite shows so far have been her performance at Brooklands Radio in London, her showcase at the SXSW music festival in 2012, 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 in 2001.
Her headstrong nature, feminist leanings, 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.