From the city that keeps America driving, Bernadette Kathryn is a fresh and exciting addition to Detroit’s storied history of musical talent. While Bernadette is immersed in the world of contemporary young country, she draws on the Motor City’s long tradition of great music, from Motown to rock & roll. In a cookie-cutter world of sound-alike singers, Bernadette Kathryn is truly Detroit’s Country Rebel.
Bernadette Kathryn is proud to be a Nashville recording artist, and she can be heard on the MC1 Nashville label, marketed and distributed internationally by Sony Music-The Orchard.
Bernadette Kathryn started playing Nashville honky tonks during CMA Fest when she was 13 years old, but it was her appearance on the Grand Ole Opry Stage when she was only 17 that first drew the attention of industry influencers. At an age when most singers are still fawning over their musical heroes, she nailed her debut at The Opry, and recording contracts and high-profile shows followed. Now, of course, being a veteran to the industry Bernadette Kathryn continues to dazzle audiences from Nashville to the Midwest with her one-of-a-kind act that promoters and venue owners who value a crowd-friendly, engaging approach to modern country know that Bernadette is the sort of easily marketed talent that keeps audiences clamoring for more
In 2014, following her early success in Nashville, Bernadette Kathryn created the The Lonely Days Band. In the years since then they’ve become the Midwest’s sharpest practitioners of rock’n country, from traditional to contemporary. Their sound is a mix of classic rock, southern rock and modern country, spiced up with a healthy dose of classic Nashville, but built on a foundation that’s uniquely Motor City.
With The Lonely Days Band, Bernadette Kathryn’s vocals and guitar are backed ably by Erik Blundell, a talented veteran of Detroit’s music scene who’s as comfortable singing as he is picking out tasty guitar licks. He’s joined by bassist Brendan Derey, who brings conservatory training and a jazz sensibility to the group, Jim Thiede, who supplies the clean, danceable pocket on drums, and Daisy J on back up and some lead vocals as well as the acclaimed tambourine.
For bigger venues, The Lonely Days Band adds the talents of Andrew Toering on pedal steel guitar, banjo and fiddle, giving the group an authentic country twang when it’s needed. For smaller venues and shows where a gentler sound is required, Bernadette Kathryn performs with Blundell and Thiede as the Lonely Days Trio, a stripped-down, acoustic version of the larger group, and also with just Blundell, her partner in crime, as the notorious B&E 10-SixtyTwo.
Bernadette Kathryn has headlined at the Michigan State Fair, the Hazel Park Memorial Day Festival and the Warren Birthday Bash, among others, as well as shows hosted by radio stations NASH, WYCD and WRIF. She’s played leading venues like Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk, the Texas Troubador Theater and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and even played a reception for Tennessee Governor Bill Lee in 2020.
In addition to headlining, Bernadette Kathryn has opened for many of today’s leading national acts, such as The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Uncle Kracker, Chayce Beckham, LANco, Ashley McBride, the James Barker Band, Scotty McCreery and David Lee Murphy.