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I poured my heart and soul into making my dream album come true. Thanks to your help, we're going to bring it to the world!
I poured my heart and soul into making my dream album come true. Thanks to your help, we're going to bring it to the world!
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Debutante: The Dream Come True Debut Album by Cait Brennan

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I'm Cait Brennan. I've been writing songs my entire life, played concerts, even had my own PBS concert special, but I never made a studio album until now. I didn't want to do it unless it could be fiercely independent, totally inspired, and absolutely unique. With co-producer Fernando Perdomo we made you a monster of a good album. I need you to hear this thing, because I think it's powerful stuff, and funny, and strange and catchy and kind of wonderful in its own crazy way. There aren't many trans rock singers out there, and there's still a lot of folks who want to keep it that way. Let's show them what we can accomplish. I hope you'll join us and be a part of making it happen. Tons of cool rewards await, of course, but you've already changed my life with this overwhelming response. I just want to keep making more music and get it to you guys, so thank you so much for helping me do that. Here's our original pitch video to tell you more about what we're making.

I met production genius Fernando Perdomo when we were both on tour with the International Pop Overthrow festival. We became each other's biggest fan pretty fast. Fernando co-produced the amazing LINDA PERHACS comeback album last year on Sufjan Stevens' label, he's remixed Todd Rundgren, produced Andy Pratt, and played on several number one hits. Straight up genius, that guy. We became fast friends, and worked like mad in a sweltering studio in Reseda to bring twelve amazing tracks to life in (I kid you not) just under five days. Have a listen to "Madame Pompadour" and see how we did.

Power Pop Impresario David Bash of the International Pop Overthrow festival described my music this way: "Cait Brennan is a singer songwriter with a unique brand of glitter glam soulful rock n’ roll sung straight from the heart. Plus, you gotta love anyone who can channel Roy Orbison, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, and Etta James in the space of a single set!" Believe it or not, that's a reasonably accurate description. He forgot Harry Nilsson, but hey.

That diversity didn't happen by accident; I was raised by my great-grandmother in a little trailer out by Turf Paradise racetrack. My family was in the horse racing business and we were always on the road, so I picked up influences off the AM radio from the Mills Brothers to Nilsson to Tejano to the Starland Vocal Band, from Bowie and the Beatles to every one hit wonder heartbreaker on the airwaves. I began performing as a teen in the 80s, but as a trans teenage singer, what I mostly got was my ass kicked. I took a break and wrote some movies and such before returning in 2012 with an extended run of shows and a concert on the PBS "Songwriters Showcase" series filmed at Tempe Center for the Arts.

I love sci-fi, fantasy and nerd culture, and my songs reference everything from Doctor Who (“Madame Pompadour”) to Fantomas (“The Tragical History Of Dr. Walter”) to Firefly ("Twilight"). Sneaky literary and cultural references abound, but for me it's all about heart and soul, truth in storytelling and hopefully a decent gift for melody. And harmonies.

I sang the entire album myself, including the background vocals. I have about a five octave range, a bit more on a good day. You'll hear harmonies in the vein of Queen, the Beatles, the Louvin Brothers, and then again just like my own kind of music which is all that but then very different. Here is a press excerpt:

"Her life story is as honest and uncompromising as her voice. Cait came out as trans as a teenager in the 80s (a rarity back then!) and was an early pioneer as an out trans artist. ("I was Cait before being Cait was cool," she laughs.) Against Me's Laura Jane Grace interviewed Cait for her AOL Originals series "True Trans" in 2014. Curve Magazine featured Cait in their April ’09 issue, saying she very nearly became “the first transgender rock star” (and praising her writing as “funny as hell”)."

I've been a very active supporter of the Kickstarter community for a long time and I'm proud to be launching my first project here.

The album is called "Debutante" because, you know, hilarity. The songs are...well, there's pop (in the Beatles/Raspberries/Elvis Costello sense), there's psychedelia, there's loud weird rock, a bit of Americana, and there are sonic adventures I can't classify for you. Here are the words of the esteemed American Todd Alcott, one of the few who've heard the thing.

"My friend Cait Brennan has created a singular work of pop music and I urge you to support it through the ol' Kickstarter dealy.

Harkening to the days when pop music albums were created to get lost in, with lush harmonies and intricate multi-layered arrangements, 25 Years in Five Days has its roots in English pop, roughly the decade between "Penny Lane" and "This Year's Model," taking in "Diamond Dogs" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and stuffing in healthy chunks of Aztec Camera as well, with lyrics that are simultaneously deeply personal and broadly universal. The fact that it was recorded in the space of time usually set aside for fine-tuning a snare-drum sound makes her achievement all the more remarkable."

If you know my songs, you'll hear faves like "Madame Pompadour," "Dear Arthur," "Once Upon A Nevermind" and "Underworld," with a bunch of new material including "Black Diamond," "Showman," "Meet Your Remaker," "Harmony Lies," etc.

We rocketed past our initial funding goal in 69 hours. We're past Stretch Goal #1 with the release of the Madame Pompadour video and the Black Diamond vid too. Now we're heading for $6000, $7000 and hopefully, album two. Nothing more important than getting more music out to the people.Help us out and there are some AMAZING rewards down below...scroll on down there and have a look. Chip in just a buck if you wish--it still helps!! Mainly I just hope you'll enjoy the songs, and I thank you for being a part of this crazy life-changing thing. xx

Okay, here's the loot - be sure to check the side list for additional levels including songwriting opportunities and house shows!! xx

Cait Brennan Stretch Goals - Final Hours!
Cait Brennan Stretch Goals - Final Hours!


PLEASE NOTE: ALL ARTWORK IS CONCEPT ART ONLY--actual items are still in development--item art will definitely differ from these examples!

UPDATE - 102% funded in the first 69 hours! Thank you!

We're hugely grateful for the amazing response to the album. THANK YOU! Here are three clips: One, a rather spooky video for "Black Diamond," the album's rather spookier closing track. Two, a very rough mix of the much cheerier "Underworld" from the album, and in video #3, producer Fernando Perdomo speaks about what drew him to working with Cait.

This weekend's project artwork is a photo by Kori Stanton, taken on the set of Love or Whatever a few years back. It's not the official album artwork, just something we were playing with as a mockup, but it sure is a great photo nonetheless.

Risks and challenges

The recording sessions are already complete, and the album is on its way to mixing and mastering. After that, once artwork is locked, it's off to the production plant and to your home. If we make our goal, the album ships, simple as that, though we are of course at the mercy of the production plants.

A WORD ABOUT VINYL: The vinyl renaissance has caused the USA's very limited number of remaining plants to work non-stop; even major labels find their vinyl releases being pressed with ridiculous delays. Once the funding goal is reached we will get the album ready for vinyl pressing as quickly as possible, but their schedule is beyond our control. (Somewhere between a few and several months is the estimate; we ballparked that to December but it may be early 2016. ALL OTHER REWARDS including digital download will ship on the release date.

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    IN SPIRIT! - Thank you for helping the project! We'll keep you posted on the latest, and send you one digital single from the album when it's released.

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    THE THANK YOU SONG - A fiver will get your name sung in Cait Brennan’s Thank You Song and video. Once the project funds, Cait will compose a song in which she thanks (by name) every single person who backed the Kickstarter at $5 or above. (This item is included in ALL higher level rewards.) How long is the song going to be? That’s up to you, dear friends. PS: You can donate the five spot but opt out of the song if you wish. We don't judge.

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    ALL THE TASTY BYTES - Digital download of the basic version of the album. Thank You Song shoutout included.

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    MORE MORE MORE -- DIGITAL DOWNLOAD By popular demand! The full album plus BONUS music downloads (covers! demos! fragments! answering machine messages!) PLUS a giant custom-made digital PDF of lyrics, band photos, handwritten stuff, extra artwork, stories, and rare pictures. Nudie shots? We shall see, dear backer. PLEASE NOTE: if you're currently backing at less than $15, you can UP your pledge to this or any higher level! just go to the top of your page, then re-select this package. (as a thank you, this PDF will also be added to EVERY bundle over $15!)

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    THE FUTURE, CONAN? - One copy of the album on a shiny, sleek, elegant Compact Disc. Includes a Kickstarter exclusive Cait Brennan guitar pick!

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    ONE FROM THE VAULTS! - CD copy of the new album PLUS limited handcrafted CD copy of Cait's never before released 1995 San Francisco studio sessions unavailable anywhere else! Kickstarter exclusive Cait Brennan guitar pick and Thank You Song shoutout included.

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    IT'S LIKE WE'RE TWINS - The new album on CD, PLUS a limited, handcrafted CD of original unreleased demos of the same songs. Hear how the songs evolved from the day they were written to the day they were released. Kickstarter exclusive Cait Brennan guitar pick and Thank You Song shoutout included.

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    8-TRACK MIND - Receive the complete album on an 8-track tape cartridge, suitable for playback in your 1977 Camaro or wherever the last functional 8-track deck resides! With full-color artwork, recorded on pristine blank tape, and random 8-track only bonus tracks! Digital download card included; add CD for $5 or LP for $20. Includes custom guitar pick. Plus you'll be thanked by name in the Thank You Song.

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    THE MINIMALIST - digital downloads of the new album, PLUS San Francisco Sessions AND The Original Demos, plus Thank You Song shoutout. Plus, I don't know, like, a scan of the custom guitar pick? You really, really hate physical media, dude. I respect that.

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    THESE ARE MY VINYLS - The album on high quality, gorgeous vinyl LP, hand numbered and signed by Cait Brennan. First edition limited to 100. Comes with a download of the album. Vinyl delivery date is subject to the whims of the pressing plant, but download will arrive on the release date. Includes custom guitar pick and Thank You Song shoutout.

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    I PREFER HER EARLY WORK - The new album on CD plus BOTH the unreleased San Francisco Sessions disc and the Original Demos disc. All items signed by Cait.

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    IDENTICAL COUSINS! - One copy of Cait's album on VINYL LP for you, one for your friend! Both autographed by Cait. Plus TWO copies of ORIGINAL DEMOS, two custom guitar picks, and two THANK YOU SONG shoutouts.

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    THE BOX SET - The album on vinyl LP with Kickstarter Exclusive DELUXE 20 page 12 x 12 hardcover full color lyric and photo book. Handwritten lyrics, playbills, posters, clippings, rare personal photos and more. Personalized and signed by Cait. Includes Kickstarter Exclusive guitar pick. Plus you'll be thanked by name in the Thank You Song.

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    GIMME ONE WITH EVERYTHING -- The album on vinyl, signed by Cait -- Kickstarter Exclusive DELUXE 20 page 12 x 12 hardcover full color lyric and photo book -- San Francisco Sessions and Original Demos CDs - digital download for all items -- PLUS the extremely limited 8-track tape. Personalized and signed by Cait. Includes Kickstarter Exclusive guitar pick. Plus you'll be thanked by name in the Thank You Song.

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    OF LOVE AND SPECIAL THINGS - Two hour Skype/FaceTime/etc songwriting session with Cait. You’ll talk, you’ll hash out ideas, you’ll figure out what rhymes with “rutabaga”. CD and Kickstarter Exclusive guitar pick. Plus you'll be thanked by name in the Thank You Song. Songwriting session can be done in person if geographic proximity permits.

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    THE MINIMALIST - Digital download of the album plus digital downloads of San Francisco Sessions and Original Demos, Digital PDF of the hardcover book, thanked by name in the Thank You Song, plus the warm fuzzy feeling of having been insanely generous.

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    PLAYIN' AT THE TALENT SHOW - Cait will work with you to co-write a song, and collaborate in producing a quality multitrack home demo that will wow your friends and terrify your foes. Skype/Facetime unless local in Phoenix or other specific arrangements made. Includes signed CD, Thank You Song shoutout, custom Cait Brennan guitar pick, and our most profound gratitude.

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    OVERNIGHT SENSATION (Hit Record) - Cait will work with you to co-write a song, and collaborate in producing a quality multitrack home demo that will wow your friends and terrify your foes. Skype/Facetime unless local in Phoenix or other specific arrangements made. Includes signed CD or LP (your choice), Thank You Song shoutout, custom Cait Brennan guitar pick, and our most profound gratitude.

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    WHEN DO I GET TO SING 'MY WAY'? - Cait will work with you to co-write a song, and collaborate in producing a quality multitrack home demo that will wow your friends and terrify your foes. Skype/Facetime unless local in Phoenix or other specific arrangements made. Includes signed vinyl LP, Thank You Song shoutout, custom Cait Brennan guitar pick, and our most profound gratitude.

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    HOUSE SHOW - Cait will play one genuine authentic live set of songs at your home, business, bat mitzvah or high school prom in the Phoenix/Los Angeles areas. 90 minute set. Caveats: subject to Cait's schedule; travel and accommodations beyond Phoenix or LA are not included and will need to be arranged. Includes signed vinyl LP, exclusive Kickstarter-only book, digital download, guitar pick and Thank You Song shoutout.

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    DOCTOR WALTER - You are the best. One of everything above - that's a house show, songwriting and demo session, the vinyl, the Kickstarter exclusive book, the 8-track, all three CDs, the thank you song, the custom guitar pick PLUS an original 1994 cassette copy of the long-unavailable "M. C. Brennan (etc)" album containing original versions of "Underworld", "Once Upon A Nevermind" etc. It's a sonic mess and comes on primitive store-brand tape but it's original, there's only one left in the world, and it's yours. Digital downloads of all items; all items signed per your preference. House show travel and accommodations beyond Phoenix or LA are not included and will need to be arranged at additional cost.

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    STANDARD RICH AND FAMOUS CONTRACT FOR KERMIT AND HIS FRIENDS - Live show at your home or other mutually agreeable venue (subject to the terms of the House Show deal above); Songwriting demo session; two signed copies of the LP; two 8-track tapes; two copies of the new CD, the San Francisco Sessions CD and the Original Demos; Rare cassette of 1988 live set; Deluxe hardcover book; digital downloads of all items; guitar pick, shoutout in the Thank You Song, all access passes to every live show we play in 2015 and 2016 (transportation not included, alas), and our staggering gratitude for your generosity.

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