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Daily Inspiration: Meet Phoenix James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phoenix James.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My music journey started when I was seven years old and picked up the guitar. I felt like I’d finally grasped my purpose when I started playing music, but that was just the beginning. When I was ten, my parents gifted me a microphone, and I hooked up to GarageBand and started producing my own songs. For middle school, I attended Miami Arts Charter, a performing arts school where I was trained in classical music playing the upright bass. I then moved on to Jazz in high school, and around that time, I started to take production more seriously. I started posting music on SoundCloud and YouTube until I decided that it was time for the world to hear my music! In June of 2020, I released my debut album titled ‘Aw(ful)some’, which received over 60k plays across all platforms!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road has been pretty smooth up until the pandemic. I’ve been surrounded by the arts since I was a newborn, with both of my parents being in the entertainment industry, so this has been a very fitting path for me. The pandemic brought a lot of issues in terms of inspiration because I was constantly documenting my surroundings. I think that now I’m reflecting more on myself, my purpose and my history in my music.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a recording artist, producer, bass/guitar player and audio engineer. I’m most proud of being able to represent the small yet growing community of female producers and engineers. I never really knew any women that produced or that audio engineering was a career path for women, so I became the person I needed when I was younger. I think that my cohesive exploration between genres is what sets me apart from a lot of artists these days, especially in a time where mainstream music is so monotonous.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson that I have learned is about artist integrity and originality. Expression without fear of judgment or rejection is the greatest tool that not only artists but everyone can use. I think that’s why people are drawn to me now. I walk into every room as my authentic self.

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