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A natural-born storyteller with the polish of an accomplished actress and the authentic edge of a seasoned blues musician.

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Featured Track: “I wanna see you be brave.”

Music is the art form we turn to when we need to build bridges and make ourselves plainly understood.

In January 2020, the United States was in crisis. The president was holding vital defense support to Ukraine hostage as a means of coercing their government into investigating the son of a political rival.

My civil disobedience action inside the Senate’s Russell Rotunda – performing Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” in an area where protest is strictly forbidden – was a call on Republican Senators to join Democrats in voting to remove that corrupt president from office.

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Everyone You’ll Be EP • Studio Album Release Date: Feb 2024
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Tae Phoenix · The Girls You'll Be Demos
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Tour Dates

Boston8/7/23TBABerklee Performance Center*
Boston8/8/233:30pmCafe 939
New York8/14/236pmRockwood Music Hall
Washington, DC8/17/232-4pmWOWD Radio
Reston, VA8/18/236pmLake Anne Plaza
* I am a backup singer as part of a larger ensemble.

Bio / Artist Statement

My name is Tae Phoenix and my favorite party game is “two truths and a lie.” See if you can guess which is which:

The answer is in the footer of the website.

My work is about themes that everyone can relate to on some level: rejecting conformity, embracing authenticity, and finding the connections between healing ourselves and building the world we want.

Sometimes, when I’m stuck on where a musical idea belongs, I’ll write lyrics from the perspective of a fictional character and see where that takes me. I love this approach because I tend to obsess over stories: telling them, absorbing them, analyzing them. It doesn’t really matter as long as I’m immersed. I’ve written songs that started out as screenplays and the beginnings of musicals that I originally thought were novels. It all makes me ridiculously happy.

My favorite thing about using music as a storytelling vehicle is that a well-timed and well-written song can convey a tremendous amount of information just with the placement of a quarter note rest. I learned this the first time I performed in a Sondheim show. (“Into the Woods.”) I looked at the score, thought, “wow! It’s turtles all the way down, “and never looked back.

The performing arts world is a wonderful place for many reasons, but it’s also not an easy space for me to enter. As an Autistic, I get easily overwhelmed by loud, chaotic environments like music clubs. In a people-oriented business, missing a social cue, facial expression, or change in tone of voice can have implications that aren’t always obvious in the moment. One of my goals as I work in this space is to build more inclusive and accessible spaces for “neuro-spicy” artists and our supporters.



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Becoming a More Versatile Vocalist2 min read

opera-singerWhen I was about eight, my parents started sending me to weekly voice lessons with a local opera singer. She taught me classic vocal technique: breathing, resonance, where to create space, how to avoid straining for high notes.

There’s a lot to learn as a vocalist; singers have to learn and practice their instruments just like any other musician. There’s some natural giftedness involved in being a good singer, but not as much as you might think.

One of the things about being a classically trained singer – or so I was told – is that once you can sing opera, you can sing anything. That’s true in a sense. To this day, I will often pull out tricks I learned performing arias when I’m singing a pop ballad in a club on a Saturday night; opera training is particularly useful for those big runs that a lot of pop singers use (and often overuse) today.

That said, there’s also a lot that opera singers learn that doesn’t come in handy when you’re working on, say, a belty Broadway showstopper or an uptempo Whitney Houston classic. For example, flipping over into full head voice (read: opera) to hit that F below high C (read: really high) isn’t just frowned upon in pop music, it’s a deadly no-no.

So before recording RiseI spent a lot of time working blending my voice so that those high belty notes would come through crisply and clearly. I think I did pretty well, but the listener is the ultimate judge.

And now, even as I’m performing my straight ahead, unapologetic pop in nightclubs and restaurants, I still hanker to sing more classical music. So, I’m going to be doing some of that too. And why not? I already sing jazz with the No Jive Five and pop / rock with the Rhythm Underground. Opera is another way I can exercise my vocal muscles and spend more time on the stage.

I’ll let you guys know more as I start fleshing out this part of my performing life. I hope to see you at one of my shows!

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