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11 of Vermont's most incredible musicians wrote songs for me to sing. We're recording them with a kick ass band & producer Peg Tassey
11 of Vermont's most incredible musicians wrote songs for me to sing. We're recording them with a kick ass band & producer Peg Tassey
424 backers pledged $27,110 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi Friends and Family! It's time for me to make my own album...

photo cred Peg Tassey
photo cred Peg Tassey

What is "Songs for Miriam"? 

We're so excited to make this record! The music you heard in the video above is from the demos that we've made over the last year and a half of songs that were written for me and given to me by some of my dear friends who also happen to be some of Vermont's most beloved and respected songwriters. The songs were given to me specifically for this, my first solo album, and were created with my voice and who they see me as in mind. These folks write some of my favorite music ever. Whether we've shared the stage, collaborated on projects or just share in mutual admiration, they all wanted to help me realize my dream. I am so very grateful and so happy to tell you that this collection of songs from these accomplished songwriters will blow you away! 

Who are the songwriters?

My dear friend, musician/producer Peg Tassey, is producing the record, and we are working with the best of the best to give this record a unique flavor while bringing together music from diverse backgrounds and creating a cohesive body of work. 

Miriam's Story

I come from an island background. My father is from Cuba and my mother's roots are from Newfoundland. Both make for a strange combination of hot and cold, both places coming from a rich history of sea captains, music and codfish. Growing up in rural VT often felt like an "Island" to me and the one thing that has always made me feel deeply connected, not just to my roots but to the world outside, has been music. Whether I am listening to a Rhumba, Soul, Rock, Jazz or Traditional Folk song I feel it deeply within the history of my cells. It's that place where I feel the most joy.

Magic City
Magic City

I am passionate about music. I love to sing, to have that space inside of me where expression can run openly and freely.  I've been singing on some of the most beautiful albums and on some of the best stages in Vermont for over 10 years. Of the hundreds of concerts I've done, here are some you may know about:

  • I played Persephone in Anais Mitchell's Folk Opera Hadestown
  • Lead singer in Michael Chorney's tribute band to SunRa, Magic City
  • Band leader and lead singer for the Latin folkloric group Amapola 
  • Lead singer in the 10 piece Salsa band Afinque 
  • Lead singer in the all female 9 piece Rock Steady band Steady Betty 
  • I sing in various formations of duo's and trios with many of  the musicians I've played with over the years 
Miriam Bernardo photo cred Beck Norman
Miriam Bernardo photo cred Beck Norman

My musical life has been very rich and expansive, everyday I am grateful and want to stay in progress of learning and expanding my heart, my craft, my life. 

Steady Betty  photo cred Luke Awtry
Steady Betty photo cred Luke Awtry

We would love for you to be a part of making this record in any way that you can. 

In return I give you my deep gratitude for helping me accomplish this dream ...  and there are some pretty fun REWARDS too:

OUR TOP 10 DONORS will receive a limited edition T- shirt or coffee mug with this rare photo of Miriam and her sisters playing music together.

photo cred PJ Davidian
photo cred PJ Davidian

A bit of history about the project from Peg

I have had the great honor to have worked with Miriam over the last 2 years. When I wrote to all the songwriters to ask if they would be interested in writing a song for her, the overwhelming positive response was really moving. Miriam and I were both reading their responses in tears. I think Miriam's beautiful spirit and how it shines out through her voice has really touched so many people. Audiences everywhere absolutely! ... And the music community as well. 

It took us a year to collect all the songs and they came from all kinds of backgrounds everything from Rock to Jazz, to Blues, Country, Gospel, Folk, Indie and Avant-garde. Then it took 6 months to start fleshing the songs out working with musicians Brian Clark, Bob Wagner, Josh Weinstein, Dan Davine and recording demos with Colin McCaffrey, who's support and enthusiasm was key to starting this project.

Next we will be putting together all different combinations of musicians to play on the record. As producer, each song informs me who will be just right for that song. You will be hearing drums and Hammond B3 organ w/leslie, choirs of singers, electric guitars, resonators, pedal steel and...well...you'll just have to hear it! This record will be like the records I loved as a kid, where every song written on the record was amazing. Side A, Side B...every single song. And we need your help to take this next step.

The songwriters testify:  

Can I get a Hallelujah?

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Where will the funds go? 

It's no small thing to put out an album, there are many costs involved... 

photo cred Peg Tassey
photo cred Peg Tassey

With your pledge I can record in a state of the art studio, work with my trusted Producer, pay and feed the amazing musicians on the album and myself while I am away from work to record the album, have it mixed and mastered and finally have an in the flesh album on cd and vinyl with artwork and booklet to go with them. Every dollar is accounted for. 

Our baseline amount of $25,500 will pay for this:

  • Recording and producing the album 
  • Musician & copyright fees
  • Mixing & mastering
  • Photography & design for the cover & liner notes
  • Printing & duplication of the album
  • Promotion 
  • Reward production costs and Kickstarter fees - They take 10% of what we raise!

If we were able to raise $35,000 we will also be able to make a beautiful Music Video to help promote the album and hire a Booking Agent so we can take this beautiful music out into the world at large!

photo cred Beck Norman
photo cred Beck Norman

Please do share the news!!  

Even if you can't contribute, you can help us greatly by SHARING our Kickstarter link on your Facebook page or through your email contacts! Or call your friends and share our Kickstarter with them! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your extra efforts to spread the word! 

** PLEASE JOIN US for our LIVE KICKSTARTER EVENT**                                               ~ June  30th ~ Buchspieler in Montpelier ~  8PM ~ Miriam will sing! ~ 

photo cred Bob Wagner
photo cred Bob Wagner
  • Our Kickstarter Video was created by **Laura Fillbach** 
  • with help from **Peg Tassey** and **Bob Wagner** 
  • Our demos recorded by **Colin McCaffrey** at The Green Room 
  • and **Dan Davine** at The Boombox 
  • with arrangements by **Brian Clark** and **Peg Tassey** 
  • Our Kickstarter Page was created by **Peg Tassey**
  • and many thanks to **Gregory Douglass for words of wisdom** 

If you'd like to know more about Miriam & Peg 

Miriam Bernardo is an acclaimed singer, originally from Athens, VT. In addition to what she mentioned above she has been singing music from the Nueva Cancion movement and has sung for Middlebury College Dance workshops. She has been commissioned soloist for The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. For more and to see lots of fun press clips and photos please visit http://www.miriambernardo.com/ 

Peg Tassey is a musician, songwriter, producer, bandleader, and curator, with 30 years of experience performing and recording with her bands http://pegtassey.com. She recently curated the "Rural Revolution" Photography Exhibition of 70's Era Goddard College Art Student Photography https://vimeo.com/album/2745116/video/79207553  She was Music Consultant for The VT Movie http://www.thevermontmovie.com, and Producer of 38 videos for author Fay Webern https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck8uN9Od_ik

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Risks and challenges

THE GOATS MAY EAT OUR SONGS!

With Kickstarter it's all or nothing. This means that if we don’t reach our goal by July 3rd, your credit cards won’t be charged, your rewards won’t be sent out, and this album won’t get made. But, we believe in you! And we thank you for believing in us!

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    THE DIGITAL

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    2. Wall worthy album art poster (trust us it's a very cool image!)
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    *Secret Songs and Poems*

    2 UNRELEASED DEMO TRACKS from our first renditions of these songs (they're awesome, pared down, raw & beautiful)
    + an original POEM written especially for you or for a loved one from Yours Truly
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    SUPER NOVA! *Let Us Rock You*

    THE FULL BAND will rock your private HOUSE CONCERT!
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