Thandi Phoenix | SOUL OF SYDNEY LOCAL MUSIC PROFILE #016
Fresh on the scene and fresh to our ears comes smooth soulful sensation Thandi Phoenix. With a sound that is equal parts raw and enchanting, this sultry Sydney songstress is set to carve a path for herself as one of Australia’s most promising new female RnB/soul vocalists.
Following collaborations with the likes of Ta-ku, B-Wise and Coin Banks who both featured Thandi on vocal duties for their respective ‘Songs To Break Up To’/’ ‘Heads’ & ‘Tails’ EPs in 2014 – Thandi’s talent was never going to be left untapped for long.
2014 proved to be a successful year in many ways for Thandi, signed on the spot by Melbourne-based management stable Twisted Kids, playing Bluesfest as a guest for Seun & Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80, not to mention playing in between Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone at this year’s Soulfest – a dream come true. Not one to rest on her laurels, this ambitious young woman has spent the past 18 months crafting her sound; studying music and spending time in writing camps – refining a skill that comes so naturally to the talented singer/songwriter – albeit, not a passion she had always envisioned herself pursuing.
During a visit to Africa early last year, Thandi experienced an epiphany, after which she returned to Australia with a raging fire in her belly – ready to explore other avenues, resulting in a new, improved artist and version of herself.
With a debut solo EP in the pipeline, a string of collaborations with Club Feet, B-Wise and Sid Pattni in the works and a national headline tour supporting US RnB princess Tinashe on the cards, 2015 looks to be the year that will catapult Thandi into the waiting arms of the Australian public – as a sure fire one to watch.