pHoenix Pagliacci

pHoenix Pagliacci (born Rian Hamilton) is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. Since the age of 6, she has been combining her love for words with her passion for music.

Growing up to the sounds of Motown, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Gospel, Phoenix‘s introduction to Hip-Hop came in the form of 90’s sensations such as Bad Boy Family, Wutang and Roc-A-Fella Records.

Phoenix began her musical journey at the age of 8 by enrolling in piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music, learning classical training and music theory. After acquiring the basic skills she needed to become a songwriter, she soon quit, re-learning to play by note and ear as well.

In 2001 she enrolled in vocal lessons at New Conservatory of Music and in 2001, placed 1st in her first ever music competition. It was then that she decided to further her musical career and focus her attention on performance arts.

While attending Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts,Phoenix was an honorary member of the Musical Theatre program, performing in solo capacity at the Seasonal Variety Shows and various corporate events. Comfortable in the spotlight, Phoenix began to meet various individuals who would provide her with a plethora of truly life-changing experiences.

In 2013, Phoenix was a participant in the Honey Jam showcase, an opportunity from which she would walk away with over $5000 in studio equipment, encouraging her furtherance in singing and songwriting, and prompting her foray into production.

Since her first ever song was penned, Phoenix has had the pleasure of working with world-renowned artists, including Eternia (Juno nominated rapper), Tajai (Souls of Mischief), Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest (Wutang Clan) and Fefe Dobson. She has also been afforded the opportunity to grace the stages of festivals such as Manifesto, A3C, Kuumba, TD Jazz Fest and many more. Her musical inspirations include Stevie Wonder, India.Arie, Lauryn Hill, Jean Grae and Amy Winehouse.

Phoenix hopes that her music can be used as a tool internationally to speak for those who have no voice. Her social justice background affords her the opportunity to work with various local organizations to change the world one word at a time.