Namoli Brennet

Namoli Brennet

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The ADHD love-child of Tracy Chapman and Bob Dylan. The transgendered child prodigy of David Gray and Joni Mitchell. Brennet's Poetic genre-busting Folk is almost as irresistible as her quirky on-stage sense of humor.

Biography

"Brennet plays and sings with an intensity and intelligence that can't be ignored."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine

“The ADHD love-child of Tracy Chapman and Bob Dylan.”
-Milo Pehr Press

In a sea of singer/songwriters, Namoli Brennet stands out like an ostrich in a chicken yard. Not because of her stature (average height) or temperament (fairly gentle unless provoked) - certainly not because of her beady black eyes and propensity to run at speeds up to 50 mph (although she did do some sprinting in high school). Maybe it’s time to drop the analogy, which is quickly becoming a bit of a stretch. What we’re trying to say is, she’s different. Commanding. Intriguing. Unique. As Obi-Wan Kenobi said after leaving a Namoli Brennet show, “I have FELT her presence.”

Although based in Tucson, AZ, Brennet has honed her craft through hundreds of performances and thousands of miles on the road. This past year alone she’s played in San Diego, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, Kalamazoo, DC, NYC, Albany, Boston, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and many other places in New England that end with the word “bury” (Waterbury, Middlebury, Berrybury). While racking up thousands of frequent flyer miles, she’s shared the stage with such greats as Melissa Ferrick, Jill Sobule and Michelle Shocked. In addition to performing at legendary venues like Club Passim in Cambridge, Brennet is a regular at East Coast Pride festivals, Including DC Pride, with an estimated attendance of 250,000.

All of this travelling has produced a seasoned performer who is both powerful and poignant; her impassioned performances, punctuated by her quirky humor and enthusiasm, have won over fans all over the country. When she’s not busy touring, you can usually find Namoli writing, recording and producing her latest CD. In just under 3 years, she’s independently released 4 albums and 2 EPs on her own label, Girl’s Gotta Eat Records, as well as helping out other emerging artists like Tammy West.

She’s a non-vegetarian who enjoys tofu dishes. In a pinch, she’s been known to choose the stairs over the escalator. She reads Tom Robbins and Annie Proulx, but also enjoys internet horoscopes. She’s nothing if not enigmatic and charming.(“And talented”, says Namoli’s Mom.) Yeah, talented too. (Thanks, Mom). This girls gotta eat, and she’s coming to your town. Now go feed the rock star.


Lyrics

Thorn in Your Side

Written By: namoli brennet

Some people look, some people stare, some people turn away
Stumbling over words as if their tongue was in the way
Some people act as if their mind was made up anyway

Some people talk, some people shout, some people shut their mouth
Some people’s ears are tuned out from living underground
Some people laugh, some people act as if they’re looking down

Some walk in safety, that is if they ever walk at all
Some people see a world where life’s as fragile as their mind is small
Living in big glass houses with their big glass walls

I’m not the thorn in your side
I’m not the break in your heart
I’m not the speck in your eye
I’m not the falling apart
I’m not the floor
I’m not the ceiling
I’m not the fear
I’m not the fear
I’m not the feeling

Some people like to find a box that they can live inside
Some people never understand, some people never try
Some people’s minds are just as narrow as the truth is wide
(We ought to know)

Some people stay, some people flee, some see the enemy
Some people find a solace in their ideology
Some people see a world encumbered by diversity

I’m not the thorn in your side
I’m not the break in your heart
I’m not the speck in your eye
I’m not the falling apart
I’m not the floor
I’m not the ceiling
I’m not the fear
I’m not the fear
I’m not the feeling

Turning Song

Written By: namoli brennet

Everybody’s mother’s turning to another’s daughter
who is turning to her father, who is turning to his son
Now his son is turning to his mother
another father, sister, brother
Turn into yourself or everyone

Everything is turning black or turning white
turning wrong or turning right everything I say
As I open up my mouth to speak
the words get lost the colors bleed
and all my blues are turning into greys

Yeah we all toe the line
I’ll cross into your heart if you’ll cross into mine
too busy turning out to turn into

Everything that we receive is turning into make believe
and everything is turning into you, you, you
turning out and turning in
we do without and do within
turning circles till our turning is through

Yeah, we all toe the line
I’ll cross into your heart if you’ll cross into mine
too busy turning out to turn into

Trying to Try

Written By: namoli brennet

you were the one who said I was kind of cute
and I was the one who acted kind of shy
i was only testing the waters
and you were ready to dive in

you were the one who invited me in
and i was the one who said i'd rather wait outside
i was only trying not to fall
and you were just trying to try

you were the one who said don't be scared
and i was the one who tried to act so brave
i was only killing time
or killing something anyway

see i'm a little quicker than you think
yeah i'm a little faster than you think i am
come on and give a little credit where credit is due

i am not falling in love with you
i am not falling in love with you
i am not falling in love with you
i am not falling at all

you were the one who asked me for the truth
and i was the one who said i couldn't find it
you were only trying to call my bluff
and i was trying to hide

see i'm a little quicker than you think
yeah i'm a little faster than you think i am
come on and give a little credit where credit is due

i am not falling in love with you
i am not falling in love with you
i am not falling in love with you
iam not falling at all

you were the one who said let's talk it out
and i was the one who couldn't find the words
you were only asking why
and i was just trying to try

Discography

2005- Chrysanthemum
2005 - Limited Edition Live EP
2004 - The Brighter Side of Me
2003 - Welcome to the Afterglow
2002 - Boy in a Dress
Tracks that have airplay: Daddy's Gonna Fly, Modern Day Jesus, Thorn in Your Side, Deeper Than the Heart is Wide, We Belong, Breathe, Turning Song, Boy in a Dress, Trying to Try, Sugarplum Dreams

Set List

7 Hours 15 Miles
Modern Day Jesus
Maybe Tonight
Pretty Girl
Everybody Wants to be You
Daddy's Gonna Fly
What I Wouldn't Give
Home
Dylan St.
Long Mistake
Over Mine
Seagull
Stars
Turning Song
Green Light
Seed