Bio

photograph by Louise Maison

Bernadette’s creative path reads like the back story to a mid-century Hollywood heroine: Ballerina, Fashionista, Hell Kitten, Sultry Chanteuse.

She spent her childhood in California and New York where she studied classical dance with the renowned Los Angeles Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre until an injury drove her love of drag and pageantry Northeast and underground. Coming of age amidst the gutter glam and jewel toned ink of New York and L.A.’s early 80s street punk scene the ballerina scraped by as a sometimes fetish model, makeup artist and clothing designer for the iconic punk rock apparel company Nana.

In 1993 Bernadette declared Albuquerque, NM home and in 2001 made her musical debut with one of the hottest roots rockabilly bands in the Southwest, the Long Goners. Working closely with Pat Bova, the band’s brilliant singer-songwriter, she belted out rebellious anthems in the style of Janis Martin and Wanda Jackson. Bernadette, with the Long Goners, shared the stage with Hank Williams III, Jonathan Richman, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Rockin’ Lloydd Tripp, Al Foul and the Shakes, Tom Walbank and Spo-dee-odee.

2003 found the burgeoning chanteuse ready to wrap her voice around the more complex musical terrain of jazz. She collaborated with acclaimed bassist and composer David Parlato for a year before forming a new band – Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men- with bass player/songwriter extraordinaire Michael Grimes. The combo’s first album “No More Music by the Suckers” was released in 2004 and features desire drenched jazz standards as well as original songs by Grimes and former bandmate Pat Bova. Swing City Magazine wrote that the album was “… not an attempt for a one time rockabilly kitten to break into the modern day jazz scene but an attempt to break the mold, an endeavor she unconsciously accomplishes.” Their second album, “Live in Santa Fe” was released in 2005 and magically captures the smoke filled acoustics of a sold out live performance. Bernadette toured extensively with her Yes Men, playing to packed audiences across the U.S. and France. She and the boys have been featured on NPR and shared the stage with: Samarabalouf, Mat Firehair & the Imperators of Kool, El Senor Igor, Devil Doll and The Glenn Koster Trio.

In 2006 Bernadette followed her heart to Atlanta where she put together a new project – Bernadette Seacrest and her Provocateurs – with guitarist/songwriter par excellence, Charles Williams and bad-ass bassist Kris Dale. A unique group, with a lean sparseness distinguishing and defining their sound as one guitar, one bass, and a voice. Together they sow a cross-pollination of that which some call jazz, others may call blues, and still others may perceive as swing noire. In late 2009 the trio released their debut album “The Filthy South Sessions” to critical acclaim. A collection of songs penned by Williams that range from the All Mighty’s drinking habits to an epic late night lament inside a diner at the end of the world. The tunes infuse Ms. Seacrest’s signature dark vintage sound with a Deep South hue. With new record in hand Bernadette and her boys continued to tour extensively in France…..

In between her European tours, Bernadette can often be found holding court within the infamous Atlanta nightspot – Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium – which seems to have emerged as a pre-ordained vehicle for the unique experience that only Bernadette can deliver. Former trio disbanded, Bernadette’s allure continues to foster her own constellation of talented friends as Atlanta’s local heavy hitters appear regularly in the audience and on stage. Francine Reed steps up for a duet, Big Mike Geier drops in to play the snare, and of course Kris Dale and R.L. Martin are always nearby – guitar and bass at the ready. Her willing subjects recoil, laugh and blush as she relentlessly exorcises the demons of doubt, inhibition and lowered expectations carried with us from the daily grind. Fans smile knowingly while newcomers are buffeted through the sets, each new effort seeming to top the last. When it’s all over they carry their experiences home in a beguiled state of wonder. Something has been restored and reclaimed. It’s authentic…. it’s intimate….. and we are blessedly reminded of how music can make us feel when we’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

28 thoughts on “Bio

  1. hello, sista how do you feel it’s your best french friends give me some news tchao bella

  2. Hi. I just stumbled upon your website following links from The Hot Club of Cowtown. I love what you’re doing. Please come to Ontario, Canada really soon.

  3. Hi
    I’m writing to know when will you came to Portugal for a concert.
    Congratulations, by the way, for all your work you’ve done.

    ;) I hope to see you soon in Portugal
    Keep the good work :)

  4. hey bernadette –
    don’t know if you’ll remember me, but we worked together @ 606? – i was friends with adam / jason / tim . .. anyway. i live in athens now, and just got back in town in time to notice your show the night befOre –
    so
    sorry i missed you.
    just wanted to say hello, and best wishes, and nice to se your face!

  5. Bernadette – I just discovered your music at download.com and I love it. Best of all, I live in ABQ. I look forward to hearing your next hometown performance. Your schedule says you won’t be playing here until July. Is there anything planned here prior to that?

  6. Woah woman! We walked into the Martini Grill in ABQ waiting for the happy wave and amazing voice–and damn–you’ve gone! Shows what happens when you have children–but you could have called :) M’be I’ll have to travel to Bordeaux…. Love you, love your voice, and love your website! P/.

  7. I love its voice, its music!
    you she is very beautiful!
    att: I am of Brazil.

    Kisses
    Thays

  8. bonjour de France !!

    je suis tombé par le plus grand des hasards sur ton dernier album!
    j’ai pu écouter quelques chansons et je l’ai acheté.

    congratulation

    thierry

  9. Hi Bernadette,

    Greetings from Skopje, Macedonia! You don’t get much mail from here, do you? I have a weekly jazz radio programme Jazz Spaces on National FM Rdaio and would be interested to check posibbilities of presenting soem of your recent music material to jazz lovers in this part of Europe. In case interested, drop me a line.
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Best regards,

    Vasja Ivanovski
    Jazz Spaces 94.1 FM Rdaio 2

  10. Hi
    Is there any chance of seeing you in England?
    Your voice is like honey cutting mustard.
    The best I have heard, you have a new fan.

  11. Hello.
    I’m a admirer from your voice, bernadette.
    Adored your first cd and the last one two.
    They’re are perfect.

    I’m from Brazil.
    I don’t know who’s your public here.
    But someday, if you come to Brazil, please, let me know about it!

  12. Okay.
    I’ll wait it.
    Every single news you could tell me about new records or shows near from here [in Brazil], don’t forget to remind me, ’cause it will be a great pleasure listen to you, live.

    Take care.
    Good luck.

  13. COME TO GUELPH ONTARIO. FIND A CLUB, AND IT’LL BE BOOKED WITH YOUR VOICE. I KNOW I’LL BE THERE. JIMMY JAZZ ON CARDEN. LOOK IT UP AND PUT UP POSTERS.

  14. I heard you are giving a concert in Paris on 17 October 2007. Is that correect ? If so, where exactly ?

    Susan Owens, Paris
    (sister of Alison Owens, Albuquerque)

  15. hi dear bernadette
    i just pass by here to know more about you…it’s reallly few time i’ve discoverd your fantastic music and your delicious voice.
    “money” it’s such a wonderful song
    i wish you really the best

    good luck dear

    :)

  16. Miss Bernadette,

    I don’t want to sound trite but your voice is smooth as a deliciously spiked latte. Please come to Toronto so I experience you live. Or maybe I need to hop on a flight to Sante Fe and see you perform at the Swig Club.

    B

  17. I’m a fan and a jazz songwriter. I write standards…okay they may not be standards yet, but that’s only a matter of time. I’m in search of the proper channel to submit a couple of songs to Bernadette that I feel would be perfect for her style/voice.

    Please advise.

    Ken Morrison
    morrisonmusic@comcast.net
    206.999.7917

  18. So, any concert or touring soon (november or december 07)? In Paris, maybe?
    Where could we find the dates?

    for information:
    11/03/08 BEAUVAIS (60) Festival Blues Autour du Zinc
    29/03/08 BONDUES (59) Festival Jazz en Nord

  19. Whoah!!
    What a voice.
    I’m not even sure how I ended up on this site. LOL!
    Lovely Lovely…
    Coming to Miami anytime soon?

    Beautiful beautiful voice!

    Eva

  20. Hello, Bernadette, I’d been here before, and now I came back to know about your cds, here in Brazil is such hard find them, so I would like an information if I can get them by mail, you know, a bank account information to send the money and then recieve the cds?
    If you have another possibilities or information how I can find a cd of yours here, I’ll be glad.
    Thanks.

    See ya.

  21. Such a voice.
    Hope I can find some of your videos on youtube?
    (crossing my fingers)
    Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place :)

  22. Bernadette (Laura) I heard your first DVD at your Aunt’s house in Porland. It was terrific.
    From your St. Paul second cousin (your Mom’s first cousin). By the way one of my names is Bernadette. If you come here you have a place to stay!

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