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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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Why Anti-Trump Seattleites need to double down on electing Daron Morris as our new King County Prosecutor

It might seem like a trite old maxim, but “think globally, act locally” is just plain good advice. That’s because – unless you’re a billionaire or someone with a national megaphone – the best way to influence what’s going on in our world starts at home.

One way that anti-Trump Seattleites can do that this November is to focus on getting Daron Morris elected as our new King County Prosecutor. Why is this important to the resistance? Because dismantling systemic white supremacy will destroy one of the roots of Trumpism; and one of the places where systemic white supremacy has its ugliest impacts is in the criminal justice system:

  • People of color make up 30% of the US population, but 60% of our prison population. (source)
  • Black and Latinx young people represent more than 70% of those involved in arrests or law enforcement referrals from school. (source)
  • Black people are given sentences that are 20% longer on average than white people for the same crimes. (source)

What’s especially problematic is that 95% of these people never got a jury trial. They took what’s called a “plea deal,” where they plead guilty to a lesser crime in order to avoid going to trial; and many of these people are not guilty of the crimes they’re pleading guilty to.

Why plead guilty to a crime you didn’t commit? Prosecutors often use the inadequacies of our justice system to coerce people into accepting plea deals. Most people don’t have the luxury of hiring an attorney and must rely on a public defender, but according to the Department of Justice, 73% of county public defender offices exceed the maximum recommended limit of cases. Too often, this leads to inadequate representation, which creates a credible risk that the accused person would end up doing more jail time for a crime they didn’t commit. Most folks don’t like those odds, so they take the plea deal to be done with it.

When asked about plea bargain rates, current Prosecutor Dan Satterberg defended his office by pointing out to The Stranger that, “there is nothing unusual to King County in our system.” Given the statistics we talked about above, the fact that Satterberg sees the status quo as even remotely defensible speaks to the root of the problem Morris aims to address.

Prosecutors have tremendous discretion when it comes to this process; and while Morris won’t commit to reducing the percentage of plea deals, he does say that he’ll be reviewing the tactics that prosecuting attorneys use to offer plea deals to make sure they aren’t coercive.

Here are a few other reasons why I like Morris.

New Youth Jail Opposes Supports
Distinguishing consensual sex work from human trafficking Supports Opposes
Vacating marijuana convictions Supports Non-committal
Charging minors in adult court Opposes Supports

For even more information about what Daron Morris would change on day 1 in office as King County Prosecutor, click here.

For more on why prosecutors are so important, you can watch this powerful video:

Other things you can do locally to push back on systemic white supremacy in our criminal justice system, locally and nationwide:

  • Join the coalition demanding “No New Youth Jail.” (link)
  • Support the nationwide prison labor and hunger strike by calling on your elected officials at every level of government to listen to their demands. (link)
  • Support the work of the Poor People’s Campaign in decriminalizing poverty. (link)
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