Namoli Brennet

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Namoli Brennet
GenresIndie, folk rock, acoustic
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, mandolin, banjo, bass, drums
Years active2002–present
LabelsFlaming Dame Records
Girl's Gotta Eat Records

Namoli Brennet is a singer-songwriter and trans woman who has been touring the United States since the release of her first album in 2002.[1][2]

Brennet produces, engineers and releases her albums on her own record label, Flaming Dame Records.[3][4] Her music has been featured on NPR, PBS, and the Emmy-award winning documentary, Out in the Silence, which details the struggle of a gay teen growing up in rural Pennsylvania.[5][6] Brennet has received four nominations for OUTmusic awards and was the recipient of a Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Award.[7] Brennet has shared stages with Melissa Ferrick, Jill Sobule, Alix Olson, and Girlyman.[citation needed]

Brennet was a Connecticut native before moving to Tucson, Arizona where she lived for ten years.[3][3] Since 2013, she’s lived in Decorah, Iowa.[7] Brennet toured Europe in June 2014, following the release of her latest album Ditch Lilies.[6] In 2014, she began performing in Germany with the Namoli Brennet Trio which consists of herself as vocalist and guitarist, bassist Amy Zapf, and drummer Micha Maass.[8] They first performed at The Blue Wave Festival in 2014 and toured in the spring of 2015.[8]


  • Boy in a Dress (2002) Girls Gotta Eat Records
  • Welcome to the Afterglow (2003) Girls Gotta Eat Records
  • The Brighter Side Of Me (2004) Girls Gotta Eat Records
  • Chrysanthemum (2005) Girls Gotta Eat Records
  • Alive (2006) Girls Gotta Eat Records
  • Singer Shine Your Light (2007) Flaming Dame Records
  • Until From This Dream I Wake (2009) Flaming Dame Records
  • Black Crow (2010) Flaming Dame Records
  • We Were Born to Rise (2011) Flaming Dame Records
  • Namoli Brennet LIVE (2012) Flaming Dame Records
  • Ditch Lilies (2015) Flaming Dame Records
  • The Simple Life (2018) Flaming Dame Records


  1. ^ Marcus, Sara (June 21, 2005). "In the Spotlight". The Advocate. p. 146.
  2. ^ Shapiro, Gregg (June 30, 2011). "Trans-cendent". Bay Area Reporter.
  3. ^ a b c Smith, Kevin W. (November 20, 2008). "Brennet's life transition sparks musical growth". Arizona Daily Star.
  4. ^ Cork, Alma. "Namoli Brennet". The Skinny.
  5. ^ Liz LaVenture (October 25, 2012). "Interview: Namoli Brennet". Vital Voice.
  6. ^ a b "Namoli Brennet". Empty Sea Studios: Seattle’s Home for Acoustic Music. January 26, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Tighe, Mike (Mar 11, 2015). "Transgendered folk artist focuses on music to define herself". La Crosse Tribune.
  8. ^ a b "Namoli Brennet Trio + DJ Birdbrain". White Trash Fast Food. May 8, 2016.

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