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Dreamy-pop brimming with passion, longing, and hope draped in sultry beats and haunting melodies!
Dreamy-pop brimming with passion, longing, and hope draped in sultry beats and haunting melodies!
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Hi, I'm Jenny Bruce, a New York City independent singer-songwriter. I've released 3 full albums and an EP, and I'm deeply proud of that body of work.  

As "Jenny Bruce" I am also a wife, a mother of two boys, a full-time Communications Director, a grad-school student, and caregiver for my father who is in the end stages of Parkinson's.  

Immersed in the layers of a wonderful, busy, full life, I realized that the artist in me was slowly becoming invisible. That triggered a memory of my mother telling me repeatedly that, "At 50, you become invisible. Nobody sees you or listens to you anymore."  

One night, I had a very lucid dream. In it I was on stage. The lighting was dim and electric blue. A voice introduced me as "GHOSTE" and as it did, I saw the word (with the “E”) projected in bright letters behind me.  

I woke up.  

And I made a choice. At 52, I will not be invisible. Or ignored. The artist in me has a voice. That voice is GHOSTE! 

The E is silent. I am not.

It has been freeing to write and record in the blue glow of GHOSTE and the songs I've written for this EP are brimming with passion, melancholy, joy, and longing. Gifted producer and composer, Matt Anthony, brings his innovative textures and sounds (sampling a loon! - how a propos) and his boundless enthusiasm and creativity to the mix!

***Are you with me so far? This is where I really need YOU!***

To continue recording, mixing, mastering, duping and promoting the songs for this new EP I need to raise funds. I've set my goal at $7000 as that would cover SOME of the costs of making this EP... The actual cost is twice that! 

This is a little backward design in action. If you're not familiar with BD, it a model we use in education and it works! The goal is to release this music and share it with as many people as possible. However, in order to do that without a record label and the budget and PR machine that come with, I am reaching out to YOU to give GHOSTE wings!

Why did I set my goal lower than what I need? I'm comfortable taking creative risks, but I'd be a lousy venture capitalist! If I don't meet my goal, I don't receive any of the funds so I'm playing it "safe." I hope. On the other hand, if I exceed my goal, oh, the wonderful things I can do!!!

Any extra funds will help me cover the REAL costs of recording, mixing, mastering, duping, maybe even printing some vinyl, and getting real photos taken.  I am the artist, and my own webmaster, and graphic designer... However, hard as I try, I can't do it all on my own! At least not well.

Music is my passion and I'm so grateful to you for helping make that happen and for giving my music greater meaning. Connection is everything. I make the music because I need, but it becomes meaningful when you listen and connect with me. 

Thank you so much!

Enjoy these silly, spooky outtakes. Days of recording tossed onto the virtual cutting room floor... 

GHOSTE or just plain ghost? 

There are many beautiful things about being a mature human. One is truly grasping the precious, precarious nature of life. Another is understanding the absurdity of our existence and being able to laugh at it all! I have never felt more alive or more creative!

Let's prove definitively that creativity doesn't diminish with age and that GHOSTE(s) truly exists! Support my first EP as - GHOSTE

Thank you for supporting my campaign by contributing or sharing this. I am deeply grateful for your faith in me and am forever in your debt.

xo

Jenny the friendly GHOSTE

P.S. If you have a custom reward configuration that you would like to propose, send me a message and I'll work with you! Easy!

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"Jenny Bruce, has a lot of life stories to tell. She weaves them into the fabric of her songs that unfolds for her listeners so effortlessly, like a soft linen handkerchief in the warm summer breeze." 

- PASTE MAGAZINE 

"Jenny Bruce's warm, clear voice is ideally suited to convey the emotions she has invested in original songs that deal with the myriad dimensions of love, its summits and limitations. Her pipes can transition confidently from breathy to resonant in seamless fashion.

- MUSIC CONNECTION
 

Is all that we see or seem, But a dream within a dream? - Edgar Allan Poe

Risks and challenges

Four songs are nearly completed and I anticipate having a six-song EP ready to distribute digitally in July! I am working with familiar vendors and I don't anticipate any hiccups there either. The official release is slated for October. Barring acts of God, I don't see any impediment to my delivering all rewards as promised. The Ghost-Hunt reward will depend on your availability. There is a great deal of flexibility on my end and on the venue's part.

Back to the acts of God, my father has been very ill for a very long time. That is a big unknown. But I will make all best efforts to honor my timelines in any event.

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    GOOD KARMA TIP JAR - Give to the Ghoste

    Give $1 and up to any amount you like.
    Everything will go towards making this music!!!

    You are a generous, awesome human who feels like contributing but you just don't want anything back other than my undying appreciation and gratitude.

    Or contact me and suggest a reward and we'll figure out what it's worth! :)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - The Ether

    INCLUDES:
    *Digital Download of the EP
    *Bonus Tracks

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    SIGNED CD - The Physical Realm

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    *Signed Limited-Edition CD
    *Digital Download of EP
    *Bonus tracks!

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    NYC CANVAS Package - State of Mind

    INCLUDES:
    *Limited 8" x 8" Canvas NYC Inspirational Print
    *Signed CD
    *Digital Download
    *Bonus tracks

    I LOVE taking photos of NYC! Check out my Instagram @ghostenyc

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    DIGITAL DREAM Package!

    INCLUDES:
    GHOSTE USB Drive with ALL of my albums!
    *Ghoste
    *Jenny Bruce
    *Soul on Fire
    *Left of July
    *Firefly in a Jar
    *Bonus Tracks

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    GHOSTE T-Shirt Package

    INCLUDES:
    *Limited Edition GHOSTE T-Shirt
    *Signed CD
    *Digital Download
    *Unreleased Bonus Tracks
    *GHOSTE USB with all previous releases!

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    WHOL-E GHOSTE Package

    INCLUDES:
    *Limited Edition T-Shirt
    *Limited 8" x 8" Canvas NYC Inspirational Print
    *Signed CD
    *Bonus Tracks
    *GHOSTE USB with all previous albums!

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    GHOSTE HUNT Package

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    *Digital Download
    *Signed CD
    *GHOSTE HUNT!!! - join me on a ghost hunt either at the Morris Jumel Mansion or the Metropolitan Museum of Art depending on scheduling and availability! So much fun!!!

    *If you don't live in NYC, you will have to make your way here and manage your own accommodations...

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    IN SPIRIT ONLY Package (no ghost hunt)

    IN THE SPIRIT (for people who love GHOSTE but aren't fans of real ghosts :)

    INCLUDES:
    *Digital Download + Bonus Tracks
    *Limited Edition T-Shirt
    *Signed CD
    *Limited 8" x 8" Canvas NYC Inspirational Print
    *USB of all previous albums

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    EARTH ANGEL Package

    INCLUDES:
    *MY ETERNAL GRATITUDE AND...
    *Signed CD
    *Digital Download
    *Limited Edition T-Shirt
    *ONE OF A KIND - NYC Canvas Print
    *GHOSTE USB with all my previous recordings
    * Your Name in CD Credits!

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