Because I can’t make Psalm 45 big enough, I’m bringing in more strings for my upcoming concert on March 9th! And since we don’t have actual ‘light’ in our front room (aside from a tiny reading light affixed to my piano), we must rehearse by candle light. This truly makes for an aesthetically beautiful yet hazardous rehearsal time! (Watch your bow arms, girls).
This singing of the “hallelujah” comes at the end of my Christian worship / praise song “It’s About Glory,” a song written while I was sitting on the couch asking the Lord, “Why am I a musician? What is this all about? Why am I a worship leader? Why am I a songwriter? I didn’t set out to become a song writer. I didn’t even set out to become a singer! What is this all about?!?” Almost immediately the Lord began answering my questions and hi-lighting certain words: It’s about glory, and mercy. It’s about salvation, redemption … joining with the “holy holy holy…” and then he began to hi-light the word “hallelujah,” big time! I really got the sense that he wanted to revitalize the ‘hallelujah” or to renew the singing of the ‘hallelujah.” This video captures the final ‘hallelujahs’ of this song.
Inviting you to my next concert on Saturday, March 9th, 8:00PM at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Charlottesville, VA. This is a benefit concert for the church’s STOP HUNGER NOW food packing event. STOP HUNGER NOW is an international hunger relief organization whose main mission is to end hunger in our lifetime. Please come support this worthy cause!
I’m also excited to announce that my newest album, Fire In The Night, will be available for sale at this concert (now available on iTunes and Amazon). Fire In The Night references the story in Exodus where God reveals himself (his presence & leadership) to the Israelites as a “Pillar of cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night.” In other words, the Israelites were never without his direction and leadership leaving Egypt. He was never not there! read more
I am so excited to bring this music to you all, and to help support FUMC’s food packing event!
Again, my warmest thanks to everyone who came out to my Fire In The Night release concert. It was a very special night for me to be able to share this music with you all … and it was my special treat to include a vocal ensemble to sing my “Agnus Dei” and Durufle’s “Ubi Caritas” in honor of the Lenten Season.
Thank you to everyone who came to my FIRE IN THE NIGHT release concert on Saturday, 2/16, at Christ Community Church! You all made this a rich experience for me! Thank you also to my ever growing band of musicians and singers who bring all of this music to life. I’m more excited than ever for my next round of concerts. Here are some pictures from the show: Read More...
All songs written by Julie Bernstein. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Kevin McNoldy. Recorded at the Bernstein’s in VA by Matt & Julie Bernstein. Arrangements by Julie Bernstein. Graphics and Art Direction by Matt Bernstein.
The musicians: Lead vocals and piano: Julie Bernstein Background solo vocals: Justin Walton Drums: Jessie Gonzalez Jr. Guitars, bass, keyboards, “group” background vocals: Kevin McNoldy with:
Fire In The Night & It’s About Glory Violin: Madi Vest Flute: Karen Brubaker
Fire In The Night is released today on iTunes and Amazon! With a renewed confidence as a singer and songwriter, I am finding my ‘sound’ as I continue on this journey of music-making, giving my wholehearted YES to the Lord. The phrase Fire In The Night references the story in Exodus where God reveals himself (his presence & leadership) to the Israelites as a “Pillar of cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night.” In other words, the Israelites were never without his direction and leadership leaving Egypt. He was never not there! The ‘fire’ and ‘night’ as it relates to this album paints a picture of the Lord revealing himself to me as a “Fire in the Night” … leading me out of an allegorical ‘Egypt‘ in the middle of the ‘night.’ The title track basically came in the middle of a literal night: “FIRE IN THE NIGHT, HERE I COME.” In essence, I am saying YES to the way and the where and the how the Lord will lead me in this songwriting season ~ which is how all of the songs on this album were written: with an ear & a heart bent towards heaven.