Tour 2015 "I'll Fly Away"

Julie Bernstein B&W band photo
One of my favorite days of tour was the day we were able to devote to recording songs and video together as a band. Going into the tour, I had planned one day to do some video work, but we were able to accomplish much more than I had initially planned! We recorded an acoustic version of one of Tucker’s songs from his new EP, an acoustic version of “Seal” (from my new album), an old hymn, “I’ll Fly Away,” (featuring Michael Coleman), and a video to “I’ll Fly Away” filmed on location in rural Illinois. We spent the morning recording tracks, an hour scouting barns, fields, and farm houses (for actually shooting the video), and then recorded video footage until we literally ran out of batteries! I hope you enjoy the finished video as much as we enjoyed making it! And stay tuned for Tucker's video and the acoustic version of Seal!


Tour 2015 Highlights 2

CLC, Dayton OH
Julie 2015 Tour 1

Tour 2015 Highlights 1

Julie's 2015 tour band photo
We recently returned from our summer tour of the Midwest and we have tons of pictures and stories to share! But first I would like to thank everyone who supported us … by feeding us, housing us, blessing us financially, and most importantly by praying for us. We were so grateful to be prayed for, blessed, and ‘sent’ by two local churches here in Charlottesville before we started our journey across the country. What a gift of strength from the Body of Christ! We truly felt carried and sustained by your prayers.

We toured for 10 days leading worship, giving concerts, and working with community & church musicians. It was our joy to pour ourselves out in ministry in this way, giving our first fruits to encourage and connect with people for the sake of the Kingdom. In addition to leading worship & giving concerts, we were able to devote an entire day to record several songs as a band (acoustic) and shoot a music video to an old hymn (soon to be published & released). Even though we worked very hard every day of this tour, we managed to have tons of fun!

One of my favorite testimonies from this tour is how obvious it was that the Lord went ahead of us and prepared the way. He prepared every heart and every venue, he even formed us and fashioned us as a band, giving us moments of deep ministry one-to-another. I couldn’t have asked for a better touring band of beautiful, humble, servant hearts (not to mention their mad skills!!): Tucker MacDonald (acoustic, electric, vox), Michael Coleman (acoustic, bass, vox), Jessie Gonzalez (drums), Anna Lou Bernstein (keys, bells, photography), and Matt Bernstein (sound, photography, videography, recording engineer).

I was pleased to have Tucker MacDonald (from the band Dillingham) open for several of our shows. Tucker writes and produces independently and also directs the worship arts ministry at a local church. He just released his first self titled EP on iTunes. Please check out his work!

The next blog post will show pictures from the various venues and days of our journey. For now, here is a photo of us packed into our fifteen passenger van as we began our tour!

From left to right: Michael, Tucker, Matt, Anna Lou, Julie, & Jessie in the blue van
Julie and the band in the van