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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.



Music & Lyric Videos

Vote With Me can turn anyone into a highly empowered political operative. Here’s how.

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Vote With Me empowers everyday people to become grassroots organizers by identifying and reaching out to the people in their lives who are most likely to need a nudge to get themselves to the polls.

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Here’s how it works: You install the app on your iPhone or Android device and give it permission to look at your contacts. It compares the names and contact information of the people you know to publicly available voter databases nationwide. Then it gives you an actionable list that you can use to prioritize and conduct your own voter outreach.

Within minutes of installing the app, I learned that a former colleague hadn’t voted in the last two Congressional midterms. She’s a registered Democrat and is eligible to vote in a couple of very close races. Vote With Me helped me compose a brief, professional note encouraging her to get to the polls. She thanked me for the reminder and promised me that she would vote early. I followed up with her a couple of days later and she told me that she’d voted.

People are up to 20x more likely to get to the polls if they get a reminder from someone they already know than if a stranger knocks on their door. That’s not to say that canvassing, phone banking, and text banking aren’t useful – they are – but they’re also not activities that everyone is comfortable with. Vote With Me is a great place to start for people who are dismayed at the state of our country, but uncomfortable speaking to total strangers about politics. It’s also a useful way for experienced grassroots organizers to supplement their existing get out the vote activities.


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I believe in Vote With Me so strongly that I decided to partner with them on the launch of the “We Shall Not Be Moved” music video, which was a labor of love by hundreds of people that took more than a year to complete.


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That’s partly because Vote With Me was built by the New Data Project – an organization founded by the former Director of the U.S. Digital Service under President Obama. I don’t know about you, but in times like these, there are very few people I trust more than Obama Administration alums.

I hope you’ll take the time to download Vote With Me and get your friends to the polls this election day. Just one vote can make all the difference.


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