Bern draws upon her musical connections
with some of the industry’s most talented artists to achieve the lofty goals
she has for Praise! In its inaugural season Theo Peoples, Mavis
Staples, Kirk Whalum, and Lenny Williams have appeared as guest vocalists.
Michael Powers and Roger Fisher, guitar player of the rock band Heart, have
both been guests on the show also. How has she managed to get some of
music’s most high profile acts to contribute? “I just approach them by
saying ‘look, we’ve all been out here doing what we do, and we’ve all been
successful. It’s time to give thanks for our success."
Industry response to
Bernadette’s simple-but-profound message has been overwhelming. Kevin
Thornton, formerly a member of 1990s pop group Color Me Badd (of Sexx U Up
fame), heard about Praise! and his producers approached Bern with a desire to make
a guest appearance. Producer, Derek Hoeim also made the generous contribution of
200 free hours of recording time in his studio, opening the door to the next
phase of Praise! An album inspired by the show’s message of ecumenical PRAISE! will feature avant garde
and inspirational material written by Ms. Bascom and some of her highly
talented friends. The goal for next year is to cut back on the performing
schedule to complete the album. “It’s important that we spread the
message to as many people as possible. This album is designed to ‘get
young people to get God.’”
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