We would like to give very special thanks to everyone who showed up this past Saturday to The Phoenix Within's 10 year anniversary show. Thanks to you we had not only a packed venue but a sold-out event!
To the brothers in arts that joined us for this special event GVRDENS, AGONY OF THE FALLEN, BALCONY TALK and Mr. Kenny the sound-man we also want to extend a very special thanks. We are beyond humbled by this milestone and want to thank everyone involved in making this night so memorable.
The constant love and support poured into this band and our music over the years is felt and never goes unnoticed by any of us in this band. So from the bottom of our hearts thank you.
Contender by The Phoenix Within is out now! Please stream it and share with every single person you know. Rock out with us live at any of our upcoming performances.
July 14 - Incarceration - Campers only stage
August 4 - Shakers Pub, Long Island
August 5 - Arlene's Grocery, NYC, NY
September 2 - HMAC, Harrisburg, PA
September 5 - Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
September 15 - ECMC, Scranton, PA
September 16 - Summit Festival, OH
10 years ago, The Phoenix Within completed and released its first album with the help of Robert Freeman and David Dones at Audio Pilot Studio in New Jersey. We filmed our first music video for our song Free Myself with the help of Chris Newhard in Pennsylvania and made plans to celebrate its release by playing our first ever live show in Brooklyn, NY surrounded by friends, family and fans who all came out to support a group of musician-friends who joined forces to help me make it all possible (Gerry Soman, Kenny O'donohue, Larry Turco and Joe Balzano).
Since then, TPW has had many lineup changes, and pushed throw growing pains just like any independent worker or any one person in any industry who is working on their dreams and goals while trying to balance everything else life must throw at them. During this journey I lost friends, made new friends, finished college, went to bachelor-parties, weddings, baby-showers, birthday-parties, funerals, therapy sessions, all the while collaborating with other artists and musicians, to put out even more music.
While working on my art and music some lucky breaks and opportunities presented themselves which allowed me the privilege of sharing the stage with some of my favorite artists at music festivals such as Blue Ridge in VA, INKCARCERATION in OH, Electric City Music Conference and LAUNCH in PA that I had only dreamed of being a part of since the day I picked up my guitar and decided to start writing my own songs.
Pushing that fast forward button to 2023; We have since being formed traveled across more than 10 state-lines, filmed nearly 20 official music videos and released over 50 songs! One track even made it to #9 on the iTunes rock charts in January of 2021 titled, Pessimist. Three of our softer side songs are currently being played in retail stores across the United States (Sharks, I Wouldn't Trade You and Family Anchor). We have lucky enough to partner with awesome companies like Xcel Drumsticks, GHS Strings, PickBOY guitar picks, OSIAMO Music Gear, Pig-Hog Cables and TRX Cymbals who help us restock things while on our musical journey. The band has even made time to self-publish three guitar-chord songbooks and one coloring book all based on our own original music.
Our current line-up consist of bassist Nicholas Narlis, guitarist John Narlis and drummer Steven Khan. These members each bring something unique to this project and share the same drive and devotion to the music. More importantly every single member in this band knows and acknowledges that nothing mentioned above could have been accomplished without the help of our family, friends and the incredible support we’ve received from the fans we’ve made over the past 10 years. I kid you not when I say that your constant support never goes unnoticed and I can only hope that after all this time you truly know and understand that you mean the world to us.
Right now the band is getting close to wrapping up everything for the release of a new song and music video for a track we have titled, Contender. It is very different from anything we have ever done before and we are beyond excited to share it with every single one of you.
As we get ready for a few upcoming gigs and festivals lined up we are asking our NYC-fam to please join us at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC on Saturday August 5, 2023 to help celebrate The Phoenix Within - 10 Year Anniversary. A bunch of other great things will be announced regarding this show down the line but until then we just want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
See you all out there very soon! 🤘🏽🙌🏽🤘🏽💕
Photo credit: Emily Agnesini