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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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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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We made musical visits to McConnell’s house and Romney’s office

Dear WordPress friends,

It’s been awhile since I posted on here about my activities in DC, and I apologize for the delay in sharing the news with you all. I update my Twitter feed most frequently, so if you use Twitter and you want to follow me, you can do so at @Taephoenix.

Tomorrow is going to be amazing

Tomorrow is a huge day of action organized by dozens of groups including the Poor People’s Campaign, MoveOn, Women’s March, and Center for Popular Democracy (Action) – as well as our original Remove Trump crew who have been making office visits and staging protests every day since January 6.


9am Volunteer Training – St Mark’s Episcopal (301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003)
10am  Action Training – St Mark’s Episcopal (301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003)
12pm  Action – Hart Senate Office Building Atrium (120 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002)
3pm  Break
5:30pm – Poor People’s Campaign National Tour Meeting (Facebook event here)

If you want to help make it possible for folks to converge on the Capitol, donate to the Center for Popular Democracy here: http://bit.ly/cpdfightback

Musical visits

On Friday, we paid a visit to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s house. We wrapped his door in crime scene tape and sang to him.


Every law you break
Every oath you fake
Every deal you make
Every step you take
We are watching you

Every single day
Every word you say
All these games you play
With the USA
We are watching you

And I can see your contempt for me
But I’m here to say this is not okay


Melody & Chords: Sting
Lyrics: Me & The Resistance Company

Video credit: @ker_dc on Twitter – https://twitter.com/ker_dc/status/1220812410405126151

Yesterday, we visited the offices of Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) with a musical message: “we want to see you be brave“… and vote for witnesses and documents.

As we sang, the front office staffers were visibly touched, while Romney’s chief of staff and the rest of his aides stopped their daily all hands and came out into the hall to listen.

Afterwards, we had a very positive exchange, which you can watch below. Office visits are sometimes a frosty affair, but bringing music to the process has changed the atmosphere on more than one occasion. I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with the power of music.

I also want to thank Mason, Khayah, Deanne, Laura, Kristen, Alison, Michael, Kevin, Susan, and Patricia for their financial support of my stay in DC. Their contributions have paid for four additional, much-needed nights in a hotel convenient to the Capitol, which has allowed me to have a place to rest between actions and conserve my limited energy for the work itself.

If you would like to join them in helping me pay for housing, groceries, and transportation, I would very much appreciate your support.

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Finally, I want to apologize for an incomplete version of this post that I mistakenly hit publish on before it was ready to go. It has been deleted and replaced with this one.

Love always,
Tae 💖

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