Bernadette's journey from child singer to the creator of PRAISE!
A Sunday Gospel Supper, her show at the Triple Door in Seattle, is a remarkable journey filled with incredible highs and her share
of heartbreaking lows. Through all of her life experiences – from the joy of
having her talent recognized by the likes of Stevie Wonder, to the heartache
that marked the end of her 17-year marriage – music has been Bernadette’s
unerring friend. It is no wonder then that “Bern” felt compelled to use music to express
her thanks to God for the abundant blessings she’s received through the course
of her amazing life. Highlights include the distinction of being the first
artist signed to Stevie Wonder’s Black Bull record label and receiving a living
legend award for her musical contributions to the City of Seattle, Washington,
her adopted hometown.
The daughter of prominent Baptist Minister and civil rights
activist Marion Bascom and long-time music teacher Lutherine Bascom, one
would think that dad’s church choir was the perfect place for the musically
gifted little girl to cut her teeth. However, this preacher’s kid was
relegated to singing from the pews. Reverend Bascom recognized his
daughter’s musical gift, but he did not cultivate her interest as a
performer. A graduate of HowardUniversity with a Ph.D. in Theology, Rev. Bascom instilled in his children a
firm “education first” policy.
Mrs. Bascom, however, encouraged Bern to pursue her musical path.
Determined to make her way in music, Bernadette
joined up with a local band from across town.
Mrs. Bascom oftentimes accompanied her daughter to gigs and rehearsals,
albeit behind Rev. Bascom’s back.
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