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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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Every Disaster is an Opportunity for Empathy: What We Can Learn from the Burning of Notre Dame

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Like so many people around the world, I feel a personal connection to Notre Dame de Paris (literally “Our Lady of Paris”), so when I heard on Monday that the centuries-old cathedral had been ravaged by a fire, I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. I remembered stepping into the sanctuary, looking up at the vaulted ceiling, and feeling dizzy and overwhelmed. It’s easy to understand why centuries of visitors and parishioners have felt a connection to something bigger than themselves in that place.

As I sat with my memories and my sadness on Monday night, I noticed that voices I respect when it comes to matters of social justice had another take entirely. Here’s an example.


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The truth of this stung, but it also got me thinking: maybe Westerners can use this disaster as an opportunity to gain empathy.

Those of us with primarily European ancestry have just watched one of our sacred places burn. In the aftermath of that, perhaps it will be easier for us to imagine how the people our ancestors colonized felt as they watched their sacred spaces destroyed or remade to serve invaders from another place.

So as we process our feelings about Notre Dame over the coming days and weeks, let’s also take the time to ask ourselves:

  • How must the Aztecs, or the Yoruba, or the Wampanoag have felt when the places that were sacred to them were razed or repurposed by our ancestors?
  • How must their descendents feel now, to see us grieving Notre Dame?
  • How might their experience be different if we took the time to acknowledge the reality of what their ancestors faced?
  • In the same way that so many people have raised money to rebuild Notre Dame, how might we pool our resources to bring about reparations and lasting change?

If we do this, then we can transform the senseless burning of a sacred place into an opportunity to do the most sacred thing we possibly can: empathize with one another and seek lasting change.


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