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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.

More Music

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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This is awkward, but…I’m selling stuff

I’ve never made it a secret that the following things are true:

  • I come from intergenerational wealth.
  • My husband works for Amazon.
  • We live a comfortable upper middle-class lifestyle.

I don’t really need much more money in my life. I’m not looking to get rich off of my work as an artist or an activist. I am also extremely uneasy about capitalism in general.

That said, recording and promoting music costs money and my wonderful Noah deserves to not be the sole breadwinner in our household because that’s a lot of pressure to put on one human being. So… I now have a store where you can buy things.

While I’m still building the financial model for the rest of my business – and things may vary at times – my general practices will be as follows:

  • 25% of Tae Phoenix Entertainment’s share of profits will be donated to grassroots organizations that are run by and for marginalized people. I’m still evaluating that list, and I would love suggestions. I will be posting receipts for this on a quarterly basis.
  • All I want is to make a living wage. I will cap my take-home pay at $15/hour, or $40,000 in today’s dollars, whichever comes first. Should my cost of living change substantially, I’ll be transparent about any adjustments to this.
  • Wherever possible, I will sell products that are made in the US.
  • I will call out my profit margin on all physical goods I sell.

So, now that we’ve had this little talk, perhaps I can interest you in some fine merchandise?

“We Outnumber Him! Resist!” Fitted Pink Short Sleeve T-Shirt

More things for sale here
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