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Queens Band "The Phoenix Within" Share Music Video for New Single "Contender"

Updated: Mar 7



The Phoenix Within is an independent rock group based out of Queens, NY. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Omar Feliciano and is backed by bassist Nicholas Narlis, guitarist John Narlis and drummer Steven Khan.


The Phoenix Within has released three full-length albums, self-published three guitar-chord songbooks and a coloring book all based on their own original music. In January of 2021 their single titled, Pessimist made it to #9 in the top 10 iTunes rock charts.


The band has had the opportunity of performing at events such as the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, in VA, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in OH, The Electric City Music Conference and Launch Music Conference in PA.


Recently this band released a new debut single titled "Contender" on July 17th, 2023. The music video was directed by Tom Flynn, who is known for directing music videos for bands such as Lamb of God, I Prevail, Fire From the Gods, and others. The gory, bloody makeup for the music video was put together by the talented Carolyn Tomecko.



Click to watch the music video


While listening to the song, my attention was drawn to the lyrics, where I uncovered the message about how people should not surrender to any obstacles that life gives them. The crowd was pretty excited to see this band perform, including myself. At the beginning of "Contender", the bass introduction was fascinating. Considering I am a bass player myself, I love it when bands start their song with their bassist highlighted and playing some unique, catchy riff. I took part of the behind the scenes for "Contender" music video. The people who took part in acting in the video all started to jump and bump into each other as the pre-breakdown started. Once Feliciano started doing his fry screams, it was game over. Never forget to support your local artists!


The Phoenix Within will be hitting the road! Catch them at these show dates below:


September 15 - ECMC Festival, Scranton, PA

September 16 - Summit Festival, OH

October 13 - Rams American Pub, NY



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