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Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes make a music video with NY based indie filmmakers for her single "Mad Tom of Bedlam." We still need your $10! Read more

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Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes make a music video with NY based indie filmmakers for her single "Mad Tom of Bedlam." We still need your $10!

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Holy smokes!!! We did it, and then surpassed our goal by over $600, all with a week remaining of the project!!! This music video is going to happen, and it’s all because of you guys. My team and I are humbled and overwhelmed by the incredible support you’ve given us to see this project through, both monetary and morale-wise, and it is an understatement to say that we can’t thank you enough. I, for one, am excited to get started on these perks - for example, someone has requested that I cover a Bloodhound Gang song as their reward (and I pray to heaven that it’s The Bad Touch, since I learned all those lyrics to heart in 7th grade and can still bust them out when prompted).

BUT! There’s more….

We determined $2500 because we thought it would be a realistic amount to shoot for in our project’s short two-week deadline. We never in our wildest dreams imagined that we’d meet and exceed our goal with a week remaining!! The truth is, $2500 was the absolute minimum we needed to make this video, and the majority of the money will actually go to feeding the crew and renting the equipment absolutely necessary for filming (lights, cameras, wires, monitors, etc). The more we are able to raise, the more awesome we’ll be able to make this video - and the more dope stuff you guys will be able to get in return. SO!! I am adding this offer on to our list of Kickstarter rewards just to shoot this thing through the roof -

If we reach $4,000 by July 15, everyone who donates $15 or more will receive demos of two brand-new, unreleased songs I’m currently working on (one featuring Darren Criss), that will probably be on my next album.

These songs are very different - one of them is pretty weird and has a crazy string arrangement I’m working on; the other is a pop tune that will most likely be a single. I pretty much never share songs with people before they’re 100% done, but I’m willing to do it to make this video as awesome as it can be. If our new goal is reached and you already donated $15, you are all set and the demos will arrive in your inbox shortly after we reach our goal!

Thanks so much again for all your incredible support!


*****ORIGINAL POST********

Hello internet!

My name is Charlene Kaye and I'm an independent musician based in Brooklyn, NY. I've just released a new EP with my backing band, the Brilliant Eyes, which you can listen to and download for free (or pay what you want) at The recording process took a whole lot of work, time and love over the course of the past few months, and features the work of some incredible musicians and engineers. I couldn't be happier with the final product and I would love for you to hear it.

The one song I've been most excited about from the EP is called "Mad Tom of Bedlam," which is my interpretation of a traditional folk song written in the 1600s, also covered by Jolie Holland on her 2004 album "Escondida." With the help of my band, we've managed to turn this antiquated tune into a full-fledged, dynamic rock song of the times, with overdriven guitars, driving bass, thumb piano, distorted wurlitzer, cowbell, and maybe a little too much tambourine (that's a lie - you can never have too much tambourine). You can listen to the track at

I've dreamed of shooting an epic music video for this song, and I've recently teamed up with a wonderful group of independent New York filmmakers to finally make it happen. Among their many great ideas, the one that struck the biggest chord with us all was the idea of shooting the video in locations around Brooklyn, as a love letter to New York City, to the spirit and energy of its kaleidoscopic neighborhoods. The video will be visually arresting, sharp, stylish, and edgy, with lots of surprises.

We could easily have settled on making a cheaper video (and we almost did!), but we wanted this video to be as big, bad and bold as we could possibly make it. So, dear internet, we need your help! Renting lights, tripods, getting location permits, renting tables to hold equipment on set (which I never would have thought of) not to mention all the food and beer we're going to have to supply to our crew during those long hours of filming - all that costs money!

After busting out our calculators, we decided that $2,500 would be a great starting point for shooting this video. You can win great prizes - I'll write a string arrangement for any pop song you want (or any non-pop song) and perform it live and/or on YouTube, I'll write a song for you or even ABOUT you, you can get free admission to all my shows for 2011. You can even get the dreamy Darren Criss (of A Very Potter Musical fame, and the self-appointed CEO of my fan club) to write you a personalized, handwritten thank you note!! Hear that, ladies??

Thanks so much for listening. Your support means a lot to us!! We hope you'll consider helping us with our cause!

Charlene Kaye
Saela Davis - Director
Christine Ng - Director of Photography
Lela Scott MacNeil - Producer
Rebecca An - Executive Producer


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    For $5, you will get a Charlene Kaye sticker and button pack, and a handwritten thank-you note to you from me.

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    For $10, you will get all of the above plus tour poster signed by me and the Brilliant Eyes, and the chance to be an extra in the music video if you live in New York City!!

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    For $25, you will get all of the above plus a handwritten thank you note from the self-appointed CEO of my fan club, DARREN CRISS. This man is a big deal. Don't believe me? See for yourself -

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    For $50, you will get everything above plus free tickets and signed t-shirts for you and a guest for an upcoming show, and I will cover ANY SONG you want, perform it live and put it on youtube.

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    For a Benjamin, you will get everything above PLUS I will write a string arrangement for ANY SONG OF YOUR CHOICE, send you a recording, perform it live and post it on Youtube. What song have you always wanted to hear with soaring cellos and violins? Justin Bieber? Radiohead? Snoop Dogg? You name it, I'll do it.

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    For two benjamins, you will get everything above plus FREE ADMISSION for you and a guest to all my 2011 shows.

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    For five benjamins, you can get everything above plus dinner with me the band, and a private concert for you and your friends.

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    For the generous and crazy soul that will donate $1000 to this noble cause, I will write a song about you or any topic you want*, in any style you want - rap, reggae, R&B, crunk, metal, I will produce it and record it, and perform it live at any show you want. You can even help me write it!!

    *but don't exploit me please, I don't want to write a song about kittens getting stabbed to death.

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