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Femme Fatale Friday: Rise of the Phoenixx

 

 Phoenixx Rocks has an impeccable drive. From self promotions to master classes, this indie singer, songwriter and freelance actress is skillful at seizing opporturtunites to share her gift with the world. Emerging in a generation of self suffcient artist, Phoenixx exhibits a high level of  self reliance and determination, two very important traits of survival in the music industry. Destiny has her bound for success as continues to add up her wins and dust off the set backs with ease. randoms-172

Phyllis “Phoenixx Rocks” Smith, is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter on a mission to reach her audience through a unique genre called “Fusion Music”.  Her style is aimed at reaching audiences on a universal level, “I want my music to be a form of therapy, conceptual and relatable. I want to put my listeners in a feeling, in a moment. I need it to mean something.” With music becoming more and more versatile in sound, her timing couldn’t be more perfect. 

Phoenixx channels her music from a vast array of influences, those of which include gospel, r&b, pop, and alternative genres. Inspired by these elements, Phoenixx continually explores her sound as an artist and producer. “I have a very weird and diverse background, like a big gumbo of sounds and elements and it influences the songs.” One of the more signature traits about Phoenixx style is that she is passionate about execution, cadence and vocal production. She is determined  to make a great record. Her tenacious spirit stirs her to create music that is crafted to compel her listeners.

Influenced by an artistic family, Phoenixx was born into the world of music. Her earliest invitation was through her uncle who familiarized her with the ebb and flows of classical music and  swaying soulful sounds of gospel music. Music was not the only thing calling her into a realm of freedom of expression; her father was a gifted musician, singer and songwriter, her mother, extremely passionate about literature; both  helped to further fuel the vehicle of artistic expression within her and created an environment where her love for poetry blossomed.  Its safe to say that music is in her DNA. 

Solidifying her path to music, Phoenixx further developed her skills through an educational pedigree. She attended the Public School Repertory Company in Manhattan receiving formal musical educational training. Her keen development in music, and talents were quickly recognized by Wardell Malloy (of BMI), who served as a great influence to her career as a songwriter.

At the budding age of 15, Phoenixx took part in a mentoring program  with R&B Soul singer/songwriter, Edwin “Lil Eddie” Serrano, (vocal coach for X-Factor, and songwriter whose catalog of work includes Usher, Janet Jackson, and Nelly Furtado). She worked alongside prominent producer “Steff Nasty” (also known as Steff Reed) and collaborated with up and coming songwriters at Sean Combs’ renowned, “Daddy’s House” studio. Serrano bridged the gap for singers and songwriters, aiding Phoenixx in the honing her ability to merge her poetry into music. This led her to work in several major studios throughout New York City building her popularity and gaining momentum. 

Phoenixx has participated in “The Hip Hop Project,” created by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifiah to empower the voices of the youth; the program was the start of Phoenixx’s education and experience as a vocal producer/arranger. She recorded her first official records there and was instilled with the philosophy that ‘music resonates with different people in different ways’. “People gravitate to people who are themselves and that’s what I feel my music is all about. I do it because it’s a natural ability and I want to give it 100%” she says.

As a songwriter, Phoenixx has worked with Brandon Hines, producers Chris N Teeb, the Arkitects, JHype, Misto and Pizzi among others. While honing her vocal skills she sang background for Yummy Bingham, Charli Red and Shalik Rivers at 106 & Park, SOB’s, BB Kings and The Bitter End. She credits artists Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Faith for influencing her sound. In 2014 she received a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award for her work with Shaliek Rivers as well a nomination for Out Music Award for her work with Shorty Roc. Standing true to her ability to infuse and touch a wide audience, Phoenixx was featured in episode of the popular HBO/ARFF nominated series LGBT webseries, Love At First Night.

Her resume is insane, in the year of 2016 alone Phoenixx has released a record in Slovakia entitled “Sabatoge” making her internationally acclaimed. She’s taken incredible strides to be recognized as an individual artist, performing at the popular venues Nuyorican Cafe, Nabe in Harlem and Milk River. She’s released her first and second sound and visual projects “My Story”, “Outside the Box” and a mixtape entitled, “Gumbo”. She has offers her vocal prowess by singing back up for soul artist, Greg Banks. Even more recognition confirming her drive came when she was chosen as a semi-finalist for AfroPunk. She is unstoppable! phoenixx_a3

Phoenix is diligent in infusing the world with her voice, her words, and her music. She is currently working on a new EP, which includes 4 original songs. Finding her way as an artist is an ongoing journey that she walks and maps out beautifully.With a growing fan base she looks forward to fusing her universal sound into the world at large!

 

Listen to Phoenixx’s music on Soundcloudhttps://soundcloud.com/phoenixxrocks

Follow Phoenixx on Social Media platforms Instagram & Twitter:

IG @ Phoenixxrocks

Twitter @ PhoenixxRocks

For Talent Booking Contact: Phyllis Smith via email phoenixxrocks@gmail.com

About Danielle Blaiq

Danielle Blaiq is a Brooklyn born Indie Hip-Hop Soul Recording artist, and Co-Author/Blogger for MusicExistence Magazine. She currently resides in New York, NY.

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