Lydia "Phoenix" Hamilton, M.A. began her musical career in a Chicago area Pentecostal Church as a "preacher’s kid." Her formal musical studies began at the age of eight with private voice lessons at the Dr. John A. Martin School of Music, and piano lessons with Dr. Marie Moody-James. As a high school freshman, she won and retained a four year position in Chicago's All-City Chorus. In college she was a member of the Augustana College Choir, Rock Island, IL.
Career highlights include performing with nationally acclaimed Grammy Award winner Albert Collins, W.C. Handy Lifetime Award winner Robert Lockwood Jr., and Saffire. In 1995, as a the lead singer in King Solomon and the Blue Knights band, she was the first act to perform at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. She also obtained numerous awards as the lead vocalist in the Snatch, Inc band.
Phoenix is currently the Director of Music for St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Anglican church and also performs at a yearly concert with their sister church, St. Barnabas in the renown “Music for Medicine” concert.
Phoenix has made several indie recordings and continues to work on her dream project of releasing a CD project featuring her original compositions.
Through her position as an adjunct professor for Governors State University as well as the City Colleges of Chicago She teaches students to creatively discover ways to build bridges between music and communication.