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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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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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Full text and video of my speech at the Washington Poor People’s Campaign

My name is Tae Phoenix and I’m a child of two worlds. My mom is Latina and my dad is Jewish, which I like to say makes me a “challahpeño.”

On my mom’s side, I’m one generation removed from the trailer park; but my dad is the son of an industrialist who came from family money himself, so my life has been different from my mother’s.

The Gospel of Matthew has Jesus on record as saying that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of Heaven.”

Now I’m not much of a literalist when it comes to scripture, and my definition of Heaven is the ever-present, inescapable truth that all humans are connected to one another; so from my personal experience with money, I understand why Jesus said what he did.

For a long time, I was on a trajectory that met all the expectations for a “nice girl from a good family;” but there was a hole in my soul that nothing could fill. The hole wasn’t there because of my bipolar or the job I hated. The hole was there because the way I was living separated me from my fellow human beings by reinforcing their systemic oppression, and by extension my own.

It was only when I became aware of black feminism that my life began to change.

My awakening happened when I stumbled into a corner of Twitter where thousands of black women were talking about how racism impacted their experiences of sexism. The more I listened to them, and the more I read the books they recommended, the more I began to see how patriarchy and white supremacy reinforced each other, as well as other evils like gun violence, domestic violence, child abuse, endless war, poverty, and climate change..

Now, it’s easy to go numb when we list all these evils that disconnect us from one another and keep us from the kingdom of Heaven. The list is so long that it feels easier to prioritize the parts that impact us personally. And that’s why we have to stop thinking of it as a list.

What we’re really dealing with is more like a spiderweb. Each interconnected, sticky thread reinforces the others. We’re all caught in this web together, and it’s going to take all of us to get out of it.

So, if you went to the Women’s March because you were angry that the orange menace in the White House grabs women by our private parts, then stand with our darker sisters and fight to end both white supremacy and rape culture, because one cannot exist without the other.

If you’re shaken every time someone opens fire in a school, work to make it economically unsustainable for any business to profit from violence.

And if you’re heartsick at the idea of ICE plucking infants from their mothers’ breasts, then stand for the human rights of everyone who is being detained by law enforcement, regardless of what they did or where they’re from.

In short, we have to stop trying to unravel the spider web only from the end that is hurting us personally and start unraveling the parts that keep us comfortable as well. If we all do this at the same time, the spider web doesn’t stand a chance.

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