With a persuasive ease and command of voice singer/songwriter, Phyllis “Phoenixx Rocks” Smith, introduces you to her sound which she coins as “Fusion Music”. This universal sound delivers her moods through music. As a master of mixing the male and female vocal dynamic, she presents vocal flexibility in her tones and sultry prowess, while conveying the message of her music, passion and artistry. “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,” Phoenixx explained. Perfecting the vocal quality of the record in order to sell the concept and the idea are key aspects in the creation of her music.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY into a family of artists, Phoenixx discovered her love of music at the age of 3 through her uncle who exposed her to classical and gospel music. Her mother, a lover of literature, her father a musician/singer/songwriter and grandmother, a poet, helped formulate her expansive musical knowledge. With a love of poetry, Phoenixx began to work on her writing. “It was a part of my DNA,” she says. Knowing the origin of what she was doing helped develop her deep rooted respect for music. Growing up she attended the Public School Repertory Company in Manhattan where she received an education in music and met key influencers like Wardell Malloy (BMI).
At the age of 15, Phoenixx began a mentorship with R&B/Soul singer/songwriter, Edwin “Lil Eddie” Serrano, (currently a vocal coach for the X Factor US and has written for artists including Usher, Janet Jackson, and Nellie Furtado). Working alongside prominent producer “Steff Nasty” (also known as Steff Reed) she has a resume full of collaborations featuring up and coming songwriters formerly housed by Sean Combs’ studio, “Daddy’s House”. Serrano bridged the gap of singer and songwriter by helping Phoenixx merge her poetry with music. This has led her to work in several major studios throughout New York City.
Phoenixx has participated in “The Hip Hop Project,” which was created by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifiah to empower youthful voices. This marked the beginning of Phoenixx work as a vocal producer/arranger. Recording some of her first official records, she realized that her music had the ability to resonate with a plethora of 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.
A list of Phoenixx songwriting credits includes work with Brandon Hines, producers Chris N Teeb, the Arkitects, JHype, Misto and Pizzi amongst others. With her vocal range, she has lent help as a background performer for Yummy Bingham, Charli Red and Shalik Rivers hitting venues like 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.
Currently focusing on a new 4 song project, Phoennix is looking to change people’s perspectives on music.
“I have a very weird and diverse background, like a big gumbo of sounds and elements and it influences the songs.”
Check out her latest visual My Story available via Vevo: