7 Questions – The Musicians Series: Namoli Brennet

Musicians have a unique power over us, and a powerful role in our communities.  By revealing so much of themselves, with their words, instruments, and voices, in recordings and in concert, we come to know them.  We sing along in joy, we give witness as they make our pain beautiful, we raise our voices with theirs, and a genuine form of intimacy is forged. This is a sacred role, and one remarkably capable of transcending gender.  Musicians can share their truth from stages across the world, or whisper them into the ears of a single listener in need, as long as their work speaks in some way to those who would listen, no matter who, where or what they are.  There are only a few openly trans musicians, but they are precious, and over the next few months we’ll be featuring their 7 Questions videos.

I feel a moral imperative to support Namoli Brennet, and believe you should too.  Not because she’s trans, not because with every momentary stop in her unrelenting touring she is changing perceptions of our community, not even because she’s an impishly charming word dork who texts as the narrator of her own thoughts.  No, it’s an imperative because she is simply too damn talented not to have a much, much bigger audience.  Namoli is an insightful lyricist, a badass guitarist, and has one of the clearest, most painfully honest voices I’ve heard.

Watch her video below, but more importantly, get to her website and purchase her recordings.  This post is going up at the same moment her newest, Namoli Brennet Live, is released. It is the perfect introduction to her work, to her, and to this series on trans musicians. We belong indeed.


p.s. Want a bit more? Of course you do. Here’s the first video I saw of Namoli:


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4 comments for “7 Questions – The Musicians Series: Namoli Brennet

  1. Allie
    October 9, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I loved hearing you talk about the things that don’t change. We don’t often talk about that.
    Authenticity is so critical to our sense of self, but. as you said, that does not necessarily mean giving up all things ‘male.’
    Thank you, Namoli, for being so candid about your anxiety.
    Loved the music out!

  2. Jenna F.
    October 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    So many things you talked about resonate with me, and it was a pleasure to hear your thoughts on music, life, and being a visible, positive trans person. :) Thanks so much for sharing, Namoli!

  3. Yui Karlberg
    November 5, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I am also a trans musician and I felt like well, alone….then I found out about Namoli.
    Her music is beautiful and only just now, I heard Jenna F too.
    Now I wanna join them on their journey and hope they will support me too :)

    My music can be heard at http://www.soundcloud.com/yui-karlberg

    I sing in falsetto and my music is known as ambient

  4. Jean
    February 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I just love your music and your . . . you! As I listened, I was just thinking what a wonderful person. My 27-year-old has come out as trans, and it helps so much to see the stories of folks who have transitioned so beautifully to their more authentic selves. Thank you for your honesty, beauty and wit. From another anxious soul with love and admiration. What are the names of the songs here and which albums are they on?

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