Bernie first realized his musical talent at 12 years old, when he was invited to play in a piano recital at the University of Washington in Seattle. At 13 years old, he picked up his first guitar and spent all his awakening hours in front of a full length mirror pretending to be Paul McCartney. Guitar strapped just right over his shoulder, Levi's worn through the knees and hair combed just right. So began the journey.
Life progressed to Southern California where he eventually fined tuned himself as an accomplished musician. He was greatly influenced by The Beatles, Richard Marx, Don Henley and Johnny Cash. His music reflects California flavoring with a “twang” of country.
For 12 years he played local clubs and bars until finally forming his own band. There, he was given the freedom to experiment with songwriting.
His day job as a self employed general contractor eventually proved to demand too much of his time, and his guitar and music were put to rest temporarily. That is, until a severe and traumatic injury in August 2001 causing him to shut down the construction company. For nearly 9 months, he was unable to work. The only thing to bring comfort, was playing his guitar to protect his sanity. So began a serious journey and maturity in his songwriting. Time proved to be the best medicine. Family and friends would come by to visit, and Bernie would play songs he had written asking for feedback. The response was unanimous. It was time to go to Nashville!