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Carmen BrandyBy Carmen Brandy
First created
Carmen BrandyBy Carmen Brandy
First created
$7,271
pledged of $26,000pledged of $26,000 goal
80
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 22 2018 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

I'm Making a Record!!!

...but I can't do it without your help! 

Out of my “year of silence“, and the depression that almost took my life— I’ve written a collection of songs that I’m hoping to bring to life on an album. These songs are about the pain I experienced, the process of healing, and the joy that's been renewed in my life!

This Kickstarter is to raise funds to make my debut album.  Every cent raised here will be used directly on the project. 

Please consider joining my cause by picking one of the rewards on the right side of the screen! Thank you for your consideration!

My Story

Hi, my name is Carmen Brandy. I am a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. I was born in Clearwater, Florida where my deep yearning to sing and create music was also born. In 2015, I was accepted into a life changing program called the “GPS Project” by ASCAP where I got to participate in a year long program and met with 12 music industry publishers from companies like Sony ATV, Warner Chappell, and Universal Music Group. Shortly after, I was accepted into the prestigious Grammy Camp where only few are chosen out of hundreds to learn and be mentored for a week under grammy award winning producers and writers. Sounds like a dream come true, right?

All the Doors shut

Doors seemed to be opening right and left, but then in 2016, I experienced pain on a level that I had never known before. It started with a lie I hid from my family, but it grew into a lie I told myself-- I was not worthy, I was not good enough, and I was a lost cause. That lie consumed me, and led to some very dark places. The trauma & shame I experienced, brought my musical aspirations crashing down.

A Year of Silence

Almost out of nowhere, I completely lost the ability to sing. Suddenly & Inexplicably my voice just stopped working. Nobody was able to help me, not doctors, not vocal coaches. Just like that it was gone--and I believed it was God's judgement on me.

I could barely come to terms with how I got to where I was. I hid my pain from everyone in my life. The shame and guilt I carried was a heavy burden that I carried alone.  

After what felt like an eternity of walking alone, I started to feel like maybe life wasn't worth living anymore, and that feeling ultimately took me to a concrete ledge on the Natchez Trace Pkwy.  

A Time to Heal

Some good people (or perhaps angels in disguise), met me there that day, and many days after. Whether they knew it or not, their simple acts of kindness and friendly conversation talked me down from ending my life.

My real breakthrough came when I finally went to my family and opened up about everything that had happened to me over the previous year. They encouraged me to start therapy immediately--and through the help of my therapist, my family, and my God, I slowly but surely began to heal.

I learned the power of Jesus and of His unfailing grace during that time in a deeper way than I had known it before. My entire life I thought I knew who Jesus was, but my definition of Jesus was corrupted. I learned in my healing, that there is no condemnation in Jesus Christ and NO shame. The God I thought was punishing me, was actually smiling on me and welcoming me back into his arms.

The lessons I learned, the healing I experienced, and the new passion for life I have has inspired me to write some of the most meaningful songs of my life (so far) and even a blog to voice my thoughts on a deeper level with my friends and fans. Now, I'm singing again, happy again, and growing everyday! 

The Future looks bright!

A few months ago I released a single called "Good Enough" to remind people that they are accepted and loved as they are. The song is getting to people who need to hear it, but I have so much more to say!! I have so many songs I've written over the past 2 years that I want to offer as a place for others to feel understood and find healing, just like I have. 

I've waited a long time to make a record, but this timing feels right, because I have something real to say. It may not be what Music Row or radio is looking for, but it's me and that, as I've learned, is "Good Enough." 

Will you join with me in my cause? Will you help me share this healing, joyful music with others who need it? 

I Can't do this without your help!

You can help by PLEDGING to my Kickstarter! Remember, it's only a pledge. No money comes out of your account UNLESS I raise every penny. Then and only then, will the money magically come to me. Then I will take it to the most talented music producer I know and he, alongside Nashville's amazing musicians will help me create the sounds that are in my head! 

When you pledge, you'll start getting emails from me with exclusive recordings, pictures and behind the scenes stuff. You'll also get to help me choose which songs make the record, AND I have come up with some pretty cool rewards for you too! Including my handmade macrame and even me coming to your house and making you dinner! HAHA I am pretty much willing to do anything for anyone who helps me make my dream come true!

It would mean so much to me if you would pledge! Even $5 helps! You can still join the cause by sharing this Kickstarter to your Social Media sites and sharing posts that I create over the next 30 days. 

I cannot thank you enough for your patience in reading ALL of this! You're my favorite! And remember, you are "good enough"!

Risks and challenges

I expect this to be a challenging time for me, putting myself out there for the world to see. Please pray for me, and don't be too shy to send an encouraging message through social media :) You can also help by sharing this project with your friends! I hope my story can encourage as many people as possible to know that they are loved, worth it, and good enough!

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    Digital Download

    The full record downloadable to all your devices so you can take the music with you anywhere and everywhere. With or without int​ernet connection.

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    Signed Hard Copy

    A signed hard copy (CD) and a cool Carmen Brandy sticker for you to stick on things. :)

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    Autographed Lyric Sheet

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    Old-School Cassette

    An old-school​ cassette version of the record! Which, let's face it, is just plain cool. You'll also get a digital download version and a sticker!

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    The Fan

    The most popular reward choice! Autographed CD, Autographed Handwritten Lyric sheet, sticker, and digital download!

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    Vinyl Record (EARLY-BIRD Bargain)

    Get my album on Vinyl before anybody else! I'll even autograph it :)

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    "Good Enough" T-Shirt (by itself)

    Get the T-shirt without all the xtra goodies.
    NOTE: If you want the album & t-shirt together, the $75 T-shirt & Music Bundle give you a big price break :)

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    Mini-Macrame Plant Hanger

    The cutest little plant hanger you ever did see! Handmade by yours truly and perfect for hanging on your rear-view mirror or anywhere that needs a little bit of green. (fake plant included)

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    Mug Life + Poetry

    A beautiful campfire style mug with my infamous cacti emblazed on the side, just waiting to be filled with your favorite warm beverage. A 10 page bound never before released book of my poetry, curate​d specifically for this Kickstarter reward! PLUS a digital download, a hard copy and a sticker!

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    Good Enough T-Shirt

    Inspire yourself and your world with this 70's inspired tee proclaiming the message "You Are Good Enough." Complete with a digital download, an autographed hard copy (CD) of the record, a cassette AND a sticky sticker.

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    Vinyl + T-Shirt

    My favorite way to listen to music!! With this reward, you'll get a limited run vinyl edition of the new record, plus a digital download, a hard copy of the CD, a "Good Enough" T-Shirt and a Carmen Brandy sticker.

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    The Super Fan

    If you love all things, well...ME, you can get this great package for a steal! Complete with a Vinyl, Cassette, autographed Hard Copy (CD), T-shirt, sticker, Book of Poetry, a Handwritten lyric sheet of one of the songs from the record and a ticket to the release show for the album!

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    Hipster Heaven

    OMG Feel the love!!! YASS! This package includes all the things you need to be a good hipster. A fashionable Tee with a positive message, a mug to hold your delicious pour-over coffee, some handmade macrame to hold the perfect succulent, and my moody tunes on vinyl. Simply the best!

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    VIP

    Get every reward I've got PLUS a one of a kind polaroid of me AND dinner with me and my awesome and amazing and totally inspiring, producer Ryan Poole! Oh, and since I'm bringing a friend, you can too! (Dinner over Skype if outside of Nashville)

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    Carmen Dinner Party

    I love love LOVE to cook for people!! I will come to your house (within 200 miles of Nashville) and prepare a scrumptious dinner for you and up to 5 of your friends and family. After filling your bellies with deliciousness, I will fill your souls with music, as I perform a 30 minute live concert for you!

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    The Big One

    I will personally play a 1 hour set at your wedding, office party or 2 year old's birthday party!!! Anywhere within the US. If it's a special occasion, I will bring all my love and smiles, sunshine and songs to make it as memorable as possible!

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    Executive Producer

    You are my hero! As a major contributor to this record I want to give you all the things. ALL THE THINGS!

    This reward includes every other reward, plus credit on the Album as executive producer.

    I'd also like to invite you to come to Nashville for a day and hang out in the studio while we make the record!

    Includes:
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    • Cacti Mug
    • Cassette
    • Digital Download
    • Dinner Party
    • Dinner with Carmen & Producer Ryan Poole
    • Good Enough T-Shirt
    • Handwritten Lyric Sheet
    • Hard Copy (CD)
    • Mini-Macrame with plant
    • Polaroid Photo
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Funding period

- (28 days)