Tae Phoenix

We Are Rising



My name is Tae Phoenix and I am an activist performer. I want everyone to know that freedom is not a zero-sum game. Our nation can only be truly free when we end all forms of oppression and respect the rights and inherent worth of every human being.

That’s why I’m using original protest music to activate people across the country to resist Donald Trump’s authoritarian and racist agenda and reclaim our government this November and beyond.

We Shall Not Be Moved

On August 13, a white supremacist group held a rally at Westlake Park. A group of local activists staged a huge counterprotest that started at Denny Park. Our plan was to march to Westlake and confront the white supremacists.

We found ourselves in a standoff with Seattle Police Department at the corner of 2nd and Pine. The police did not want us to get to Westlake and began firing off flash bang grenades and pepper spraying people. They threatened to arrest us all if we didn’t clear the intersection.

Instead of obeying, several hundred of us took a knee and began singing “We Shall Not Be Moved.” I was completely terrified. It’s not easy to disobey a direct order from a phalanx of heavily armed riot cops, but the act of singing with my fellow activists made the situation not only tolerable, but uplifting.

Over the next few days, with the protest still buzzing in my mind, I began to improvise with the main theme of the song. After several revisions and reflecting on our national moment, I crafted an adaptation of “We Shall Not Be Moved” that I’m very proud of.  I am currently in the process of recording it and will release it with an official music video later this year.

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Resistance Gear

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Countdown to Election Day








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The resistance needs something to dance to

I wrote this song after a relative told me not to take it personally that he voted for a white supremacist sexual predator. Last summer, I got in the studio with my old friend Dave Miner and we made an electropop version.


“Your choices become violence when they break humanity.

So we respectfully reserve the right to take that personally.”

“Tae Phoenix has the polish of an accomplished actress and the authentic edge of a seasoned musician.”

– Seattle Weekly

A better world is our birthright

We are in this together.
You are not alone.

We are the spark of hope that
no one can extinguish.

When words aren’t enough,
we will sing together.

We will raise our voices
until everyone is free.