Julie leads Jordan Goetz’s “Our Father”

It was my privilege to bring Jordan Goetz’s song, “Our Father,” to my benefit concert at FUMC. I’ve been opening these concerts with this idea from Matthew 6 where it talks about how when we pray we are not to be “like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6 also instructs with “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name …”

Jordan introduced this song to me shortly after we met several years ago. He came to our house one evening with his guitar and we ended up spending the whole evening talking, playing, and singing together. When he shared this song, I joined in playing and singing with him and was so moved by the presence of God in that moment … I knew we had touched something of eternity.

This is currently one of my favorite songs to introduce both when I’m leading worship and giving concerts. Thank you, Jordan, for bringing this song to the world!

Pictures from “Awaken Me” CD release concert

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who came out to my concert Friday. I was surrounded by richness on every side from the musicians who worked with me, to every member of the audience, to every volunteer serving behind-the-scenes. You are beautiful people! I was literally bursting with my new song, “Psalm 45,” which has become my anthem for 2012 and 2013. Be looking for a fuller studio version in the coming months. I believe the urgency I’ve been feeling to do this song is for “such a time as this.” Read More...

Rehearsal footage for Friday’s concert

Preparations have been well under way for my concert this Friday night (November 16th). I am literally ready to burst with these new songs! A few of them are on my new Awaken Me album, and the rest will be released in early 2013. I’m bringing in a dear friend of mine for this concert, flutist Angela Kelly, who will be playing on Fire in the Night, a new song that premiered earlier this year. Also, we have a mystery tenor arriving Thursday evening just in time for our dress rehearsal! Enjoy this rehearsal footage… You’ll see some familiar faces, as well as some new. Come on out this Friday night, 8pm at Christ Community Church.

“Awaken Me” album credits

Julie Bernstein’s “Awaken Me” Liner Notes - Album Credits

All songs written by Julie Bernstein, except:
There is a River: Jessie Rogers
Our Father: Jordan Goetz
For Your Glory: Janice Watson & Julie Bernstein

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Kevin McNoldy

Recorded at the Bernstein’s in VA by Matt & Julie Bernstein Read More...

Awaken Me: new release

Awaken Me, new Christian praise-worship music from Julie Bernstein

I’m getting close to the release date (surprise!) of my first devotional / worship album in response to a request that was made while I was recording my next studio album. Most of the tracks / songs on this devotional album come from time spent at my piano singing through the psalms or other portions of scripture, not setting out to ‘write’ or ‘craft’ a song … just singing through the scriptures. And this album portrays literally that: me at my piano singing as unto the Lord. This album is perfect for a personal devotional time, or for meditating on the scriptures being sung. There will be a limited number of these CD’s available at the Women’s Conference this weekend (November 9th & 10th) and also at my concert on November 16th. (But these concerts will surely NOT be unplugged!)

CDs available at the upcoming live events, iTunes / Amazon online release dates to be announced shortly.