Electronic Press Kit

Header photo credit: Michael O’Donnell

Electronic Press Kit

Header photo credit: Michael O’Donnell

Bio

Tae Phoenix (she/they) is a singer-songwriter, filmmaker, activist, and theatre artist based on the occupied territory of the Coast Salish and Duwamish peoples, colloquially known as Seattle, WA. 

As a queer, autistic Latine Jew, Tae’s work is shaped by lived experience, ancestral memory, empathy, and common sense.

They were notably arrested in January 2020 for singing “Brave” in the US Senate’s Russell Rotunda during the first impeachment trial of the then-president. They have participated in many civil disobedience actions across the country and gave a talk on the subject for beginners at Ignite Seattle #38.

They serve as the resident music & arts leader for the Washington State Poor People’s Campaign and frequently contribute op-eds on politics and social justice to publications including NewsweekThe Guardianand The Forward.

They are also the co-founder of Trek the Vote, a non-partisan network of Star Trek actors, fans, and creators dedicated to fair and equitable elections and have written for both StarTrek.com and Women at Warp.

Awards and nominations include: 2020 nominee for the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award and Best Music Video at the 2019 Hollywood Women’s Film Festival and the 2019 Shoreline Short Film Festival for “We Shall Not Be Moved,” which was also a finalist at the 2019 Oaxaca FilmFest and screened at the 2019 SIFF Bumbershoot showcase.

Some nice things people have said:

Credit: Danielle Barnum

“Whether bringing life to other people’s words or her own, Tae Phoenix is a natural-born storyteller with the polish of an accomplished actress and the authentic edge of a seasoned blues musician.” – Seattle Weekly

“Tae Phoenix’s beautiful voice and moral clarity pack quite a punch.” – Alyssa Milano, actor and activist

“Supremely talented, eloquent and sassy.” –  Brooklands Radio London

“Damn this is great great stuff. Tae has a beautiful voice and stage presence.” – Nadamucho.com

“Without a doubt, Tae Phoenix will be the one that future artists look to when starting their music careers” – Guerilla Candy

“Tae Phoenix’s Lilli Vanessi was sympathetic and dimensional, and she has impressive vocal range.” – Broadway World

“Tae Phoenix perfectly captures the mixture of confidence and self-consciousness the modern public have come to expect in the wildly famous. Her character, Melanie Wheeler, is exactly how you’ve always dreamed your favorite singer would be in person, tough but compassionate, deeply proud of their art and even more deeply touched that you love it so much. Additionally, her powerful voice swept me up until I felt like I was at a bona fide concert.” – Drama in the Hood

“In a wounded world filled with betrayal and hate, Tae Phoenix lifts the spirit and inspires us to make the difference we know we can be.” – Washington State Senator Lisa Wellman

“Whether on a street march for immigrant rights, or a grassroots rally to tax Amazon and other big businesses to fund affordable housing, Tae Phoenix brings vital culture into today’s leading struggles. Tae’s passion and fighting spirit, combined with her extraordinary singing, poignant lyrics, and vivid story-telling, elevate organizing events and protests from the mere ordinary to the extraordinary.” – Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Media

Photos
(music venues, studio, theatre, and protest)

Audio
(selected tracks from two decades worth of recordings)

Music Videos
We Shall Not Be Moved (2018)

Brave (2020)

Play the Fool Lyric Video (2021)