Rise the Phoenix is a hard rock band based in Mobile, AL and was established in late May 2019. Founding members Jessee Sawyer (lead singer/guitar) and Brandon Rodgers (guitar/back up vocals) formed the band with the idea of making a legitimate push to a music career and to play relatable music that everyone would grow to love, no matter their age, race, gender, political affiliation or religious beliefs.
After many trials with different members, the band has come to gain the lineup to move forward and push to the next level. Influenced by so many eras of music, old and new, RtP hopes to give a refreshing, yet aggressive and relatable feeling. Along with Trebor Genry (percussion) Kevin Joslin (guitar/ backup vocals) and Joseph "Tertle" Carter (bass), the band is stronger creatively, and more united, than its ever been. The journey is just beginning and there is no end in sight.
Opening for bands such as Sevendust, Plush, Awaken the Giant, The Lonely Ones and Sons on Fire, with shows, opening for Black Label Society and Lillian Axe, on the horizon, Rise the Phoenix is hoping to continue their journey and find a way to help those struggling or just wanting to hear great music, by creating the very best that they absolutely can.
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Lead Vocals/ Guitar
Jessee was born in Mobile, AL on June 28, 1980. Growing up as part of a musical family, he started singing with his dad and in church at very young age. At the age of 13, he picked up the guitar and wrote his first song.Influenced by classic, southern and modern rock, he has been able to evolve into the artist you hear him as today.
As lead singer for the bands, Skrayp (2009-2011), Fallen Amber (2012), SkinCrawl (2013) and Less than Stellar(2013-2014), he has had fantastic runs playing with great musicians and making great memories. Recently, he has worked with fellow bandmates and friends to assemble, what is now... Rise the Phoenix.
With a distinct writing ability, he brings a positive and upbeat message with his growling vocals and reinforcing guitar riffs.
"Music saves lives... As long as our music can help at least one person have a different, but positive, outlook on a troubled life, we are doing what we are meant to do"- Jessee Sawyer
Lead Guitar/Back-Up Vocals
Brandon was born on November 28, 1990 in Tampa, FL. He started playing guitar at a young age. Influenced by bands, such as, Alterbridge, Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch and Rage against the Machine, his guitar playing style is new hard rock with an old school sensibility.
He met Jessee in 2018 and they founded the band that has become Rise the Phoenix. Along with his monster guitar riffs, Brandon is equipped with a great work ethic and an "I will not fail" attitude. He hopes that the music that he helps create will touch and help people through hard times and bring some happiness to their world.
Guitars/ Back Up Vocals
Kevin Joslin was born on November 1, 1990. He grew up and is a West Mobile, AL native. Always having a niche for music, since he could remember, he picked up the guitar at the age of 14 and has not put it down since. With influences, such as TOOL, Sevendust, Slipknot and many otherers across most genres of music, it is Kevin's dream to follow in the footsteps of those who have come before him and pave his own path and leave a mark on the music world.
Kevin got his start in the Mobile, AL music scene around 2009. It was around that time that he and Jessee met. Kevin has solidified his mark in the Mobile music scene after playing and being a major player for many bands. Keeping in touch with Jessee over the years, Kevin is the newest member of Rise the Phoenix, bringing a noticeable enhancement to the music and the vibe of what Rise the Phoenix is about and helping RtP pave their own path to a very successful music career.
Joseph "Tertle" Carter
Bass/ Back-Up Vocals
Joseph "Tertle" Carter was born in MIssissippi but moved to Mobile County, AL at a young age. He has several year experience playing bass and has spent alot of time and dedicated himself to being one of the best in the business. With the understanding that growth is a must, he has joined Rise the Phoenix with the drive and determinatioin to help solidify and place the music and band on the map.
Trebor Genry was born in Mobile, AL on Oct 24, 1980. He has lived his life banging on things from a young age. With his brother, Mike, teaching him the ways of percussion he finds himself in a premier position to land RtP on the fast track of stardom.
Trebor has several year of experience, playing in bands such as Dr. O and also Love the Hate, just to name a couple. What his views and he hopes to accomplish is along the same lines as his fellow bandmates and hopefully soon, Rise the Phoenix will be everywhere with his help.