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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
Home demos…

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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Why I’m Subvertising Again

A few years ago, I found myself in the unfortunate position of breaking up with someone I was engaged to; and when I changed my relationship status from “engaged” to “single,” the ads got nasty. I mean really nasty.

I was enraged by the way that predatory advertisers were using of social data to take advantage of my broken heart and feelings of insecurity, so I started buying my own targeted ads. My goal was to call people’s attention to the fact that advertisers were using information like their age, gender, and relationship status in this predatory manner.

In May of 2011, I gave a talk at Ignite Seattle about my Subvertising project.

Since then, I’ve run the odd campaign here and there, especially around Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and other times of year when the romance-industrial complex and wedding-industrial complex are particularly active in their advertising efforts. But I haven’t been very systemic about it.

Until now.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a rash of ads that are even worse than the original ads that provoked my original campaign, so I’m back at the subverting game. Here’s the ad that was the straw to break the camel’s back.


If you’ve been seeing ads that are clearly meant to make you feel like crap about yourself, please screenshot and share them. Call them out to your friends and followers. Let’s spread awareness of how these ads get in front of our eyeballs and what they are meant to do.

We don’t have to take this kind of advertising lying down!

Update 6/27, 12:30pm: Here are a couple of other problematic ads folks have sent me that have come through their news feeds.



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