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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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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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My Thinking on Punching Nazis Has Evolved

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the optics of punching Nazis and how it plays into false equivalencies. I’m sorry to say that I was wrong.

I’m not a fan of violence; be that immediate fisticuffs or the horrifically banal racist violence that is part and parcel of our system. I’m very quick to reach for “violence is not the answer,” no matter what the question is. But in this case, the question is (sometimes) begging for a fist to the face.

The argument that punching Nazis is always wrong is rooted in the presumption that our society’s current state is one of nonviolent homeostasis; but that’s not true. The global system is a meat grinder that chews up poor people (especially poor people of color) and spits out fat checks for millionaires and billionaires (mostly white).

Nazis aren’t just advocating for that status quo. They’re calling for a full-scale ramp up of these human rights violations. They will violate human rights to the exact extent that we let them get away with it, up to and including committing genocide. There is no other possible outcome if the ideas they share are enacted into law or practice. It is definitionally impossible for Nazis to be arguing for anything in good faith.

Those who argue that Nazis have a right to free speech are technically correct. The First Amendment protects people’s right to say horrible things without government intervention. Thankfully, Antifa isn’t the government.

I still don’t think we should go around punching people when there are other options. The ultimate goal is to make Nazis afraid again. If we can do that by confronting them with huge crowds, or by peppering them with derision and silly string – that’s always preferable to throwing a punch.

I’m also not a fan of ganging up on Nazis and beating them bloody once they’re down. If we’re going to stay true to our moral center, we shouldn’t be brutalizing people at that level. In that same vein, we should not punch Nazis just for the fun of it. If you enjoy punching anyone who hasn’t consented to be punched, it’s time for you to reconsider your life choices.

All of that said, sometimes you just have to punch a Nazi because, in your most sober judgement, it is the most efficient and effective means of shutting them up.

Emotional Labor

Writing songs, speeches, and essays, researching and synthesizing information, and organizing and performing at protests are all emotional labor. Please consider making a contribution to my work.


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