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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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How to understand intersectionality, even if you’re a nice white lady2 min read

Image of Kimberlé Crenshaw with explanation of intersectionality as a framework for understanding the ways that identities compound to create unique experiences.Intersectionality is a way of looking at history and modern society that acknowledges that:

  • each person has a unique combination of identities,
  • these identities result in structural and interpersonal advantages and hardships, and
  • these advantages and hardships impact both our access to opportunity and our ability to take advantage of it.

These identities can include things like:

  • Race (and perceived race)
  • Gender (and perceived gender)
  • Economic background
  • Disability (visible and invisible)
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Nationality

It’s all a mix

Another important point is that everyone has a mix of advantages and disadvantages. An upper middle-class black woman with a PhD. from Harvard is going to have better job prospects than a working class white guy who has a GED, but she’s still got to deal with rape culture and is 2.8x more likely to get killed by police than he is.

In her own words…

Kimberlé Crenshaw first coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989. Here is her TED talk on the subject from 2016.

What do we do with this?

The point of all this is simple: we are all one species and no human life is worth more than any other.

This means we have to stop thinking of ourselves as being on different teams and start standing up for one another; but that starts with awareness.

Try asking yourself these questions:

  • Who listens to me and takes my opinion and needs into consideration? Who doesn’t? Why? Who do they listen to?
  • Who has more power than I do? Who has less? How can I use the power society gives me to make life better for people who have less of that kind of power?
  • When was the last time I really listened to someone who has less power than I do? What did I learn?
  • What parts of this make me uncomfortable? Why?

The goal is to get to a world where everyone gets the same basic social support from their fellow human beings. No human being should ever have to live without:

  • Breathable air
  • Drinkable water
  • A safe place to live
  • Food that is culturally and nutritionally appropriate
  • Clothing that is culturally and environmentally appropriate
  • Medical care, including mental health and reproductive health
  • An education that fits their individual needs as a learner

It should not be a politically controversial statement to say that all human beings are worthy of care. We can disagree about how we get to this world; but the time has come for us to come together around advocating for this basic standard of living for everyone.

Emotional Labor

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