Seattle-based singer/songwriter Tae Phoenix will release her new eight-track record, RISE, on June 12. The revelatory collection introduces Tae as both a profound and fearless songwriter as well as a vocalist of stunning prowess.
With a three-octave range, she punctuates her classical voice training with evidence of a misspent youth imitating the great pop divas. She has played for audiences as far away as Surabaya, Indonesia and Paris, France.
Invoking the vocally muscular female singers from the ‘80s, like Pat Benetar and Chrissie Hynde, and the intimate, boundary-less female writers from the ‘90s like Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair, Tae brings to light many universally shared experiences (loss, abuse, self-discovery) through lyrical storytelling. RISE’s opening track, “Wendy’s Tale,” is a playful yet painful view of Peter Pan from Wendy’s point of view. “I Loved You Then” is a loving tribute to a deceased friend, with Tae’s warm vocal backed only by a string quartet. Calling out the bad behavior of a former lover, “Does She Know Yet?” is the first single from RISE.
Not all the tracks are quite as challenging and provocative; “Rise” is an uplifting anthem to self-awareness and self-preservation, and “You Raised the Bar” is an aural high-five to an excellent man.
RISE was produced and engineered by two-time Grammy winner Pete Stewart (Toby Mac, Tait, Grammatrain), who also played guitar and bass. Contributing players include Andy King on percussion, Andrew Joslyn on violin, Jonathan Icasas on viola, Rachael Beaver on cello, and Daryl Rother with string arrangements.
RISE will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and at taephoenix.com. For more information and to connect with Tae, visit www.facebook.com/TaePhoenix or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TaePhoenix.
RISE TRACK LIST
1) Wendy's Tale
2) Beautiful Lies
3) Does She Know Yet? [Clean]
5) I Loved You Then
6) You Raised the Bar
7) Set Me Free
8) Does She Know Yet? [Explicit]
VIDEO: “Does She Know Yet” (live)
VIDEO: “I Loved You Then” (live)