Returning to Seattle proved to
be the perfect antidote to Bern’s
troubles. Upon her return, she learned that she had received a living
legend award for her contributions to Seattle’s
music scene. The honor placed her among such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Robert
Cray, Kenny G, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Taking no time to rest on her laurels, she was ready to
return to the music scene she helped to create. On one fateful evening, she
and a girlfriend went to the Triple Door, an upscale supper club in beautiful
Bernadette marveled when she saw the elegantly appointed venue. It was as
dazzling as the posh Las Vegas
showrooms she played for so many years. That evening, she boldly
predicted she would play the Triple Door.
Patrick McDonald, music critic of the Seattle Times, who had
championed Bernadette’s career for so long, invited her to accompany him to the
first anniversary celebration of the Triple Door. Unfortunately, he hurt
his back, and informed the entertainment director of the club that Bernadette
would attend the event on his behalf. Bern seized the opportunity and told the
entertainment director, Scott Giampino that she really wanted to play the
venue. By January of the following year, she performed her first concert at the
Triple Door. The show was a smashing success and she sold it out.
In September of 2005, she sold out the venue again. Bernadette’s return
to Seattle was
Now that she had proven herself worth her weight in gold, she
approached the entertainment director once again, sharing with him an
unconventional idea that had come together in her head. She explained her
plan to bring church into the nightclub in the form of Praise!, an idea
for which she does not take credit. “It was a vision. I saw it in
its entirety one day.”
She shared her vision
with her musical and horn directors and they helped her expound upon the
idea. The ultimate goal of Bern’s
divine inspiration was “to bring unsuspecting hearts to Jesus.” Rather
than proselytizing, PRAISE! brings the promise of God’s blessings to
people in a neutral setting. While there is a profound message, Bern avoids preaching to
her audience. Instead, through her own personal story, she encourages
people to just love God and give thanks.
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