About Bernadette Harold
Bernadette Harold started her singing at an early age, but you wouldn’t have expected anything less with a father known as “DJ Pete” and a mother whose passion is singing. Her early musical influences came from listening to her father play records from Motown to Southern Gospel around the house and at family celebrations. It was during those times he would spontaneously give her the microphone and record her singing “The Candy Man.
At the tender age of ten, Bernadette gave her heart to the Lord and began singing with her siblings in The Reflection of The Divine Life Choir at Southern Baptist Church under the direction of Kevin Christopher. At that moment Bernadette’s life was transformed. “Being used by God changed my life, I realized that singing was the vocation I wanted to do for the rest of my life – there is no greater joy.” This experience afforded her the opportunity to sing at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem N.Y.
Bernadette continued her singing in the Youth Choir at First Baptist Church of Brownville directed by Alvin Freeland. It was there that Pastor Freeland took notice of her gift of singing and adopted her into his singing group, Alvin Freeland & Co. From there, it would be an 8 year journey that would take her all over New York, New Jersey, Maryland, South Carolina and Chicago. In addition to her 8 years of singing and traveling, she also sang with the world-renowned Reverend Timothy Wright and the Concert Choir
One would think that singing and traveling would satisfy this up and coming songbird, but it didn’t. Bernadette decided to step out on her own. It was then she would give solo performances at the well-known NYC club, Sweet Waters. Although secular genre like Jazz and R&B was her main repertoire, gospel was not far from her heart. She later returned to her gospel roots when she re-dedicated her heart to the Lord and joined the Grammy Award Winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir directed by Carol Cymbala. For the past 13 years as a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Bernadette has had the privileged of ministering in song at street meetings, churches across this nation, and from Madison Square Garden in NYC to Jamaica and Bermuda
After the birth of her second son, Maurice, God began to bless Bernadette with the gift of song writing. One of her songs, “You Are Someone,” which was written for her son’s kindergarten graduation, has become the theme song for the school. To date, she has written numerous gospel songs.
When asked what her greatest honor she says is, “The greatest honor of all is singing for Christ and being in His presence. I can not see myself singing for anyone else.
Bernadette Harold resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Maurice Harold and their three children David, Maurice, and Valerie. She is a woman full of love, integrity and laughter