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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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My November 4 Speech

Below is the text of my speech from the Refuse Fascism protest in Seattle on November 4, 2017.

We are here today to refuse fascism. In order to refuse something, we must understand it at the root. So before I sing to you. I’m going to ask you to do something with me.

Notice the lowest part of your body that you can and then notice what is beneath it. The Earth is pulling you towards her as she turns in space.

Take a breath into the deepest part of your belly that you can feel. Draw power from the air and the Earth. You are wanted here.

Now look around. Make eye contact with someone you haven’t met. Say “hello.” Tell them your name. Now say to each other, “you are wanted here.”

There was a time when we knew that this was all we needed. Nature, our bodies, and each other.

There’s an old story about how this changed: we lived in a perfect garden. But we got curious, and we felt desire, and the next thing we know, God was casting us out to wander in the wilderness – naked and ashamed.

Notice how shame is what turned our view of nature from Eden to wasteland. So we started separating ourselves from nature.

To do this, we built a system of hierarchies. Men above women. Light skin above dark. Rich above poor. The closer you were to the top, the more you were entitled to take from those beneath you, and the closer you were to the bottom, the closer you were to the wasteland.

Fascism is the ultimate manifestation of those hierarchies. It is based in the delusion that those at the top can become invincible if we fortify our borders, punish our enemies, and extract enough from our bodies, each other, and nature.

To truly refuse fascism, we must do the opposite. We must relax our borders, open ourselves to those who are different, and nurture ourselves, each other, and the Earth.

We must become aware once again of our connection to nature. Like the old African American spiritual says – and I’ve adapted it here – “just like a tree that’s standing in the waters…”

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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