Singer-songwriter Bernadette Swayngim's genuine love of music and for her Cherokee County roots shines through in her voice and in her songs. It has been 10 years since she began playing songs with friends down in the Sunnyside community in lower Cherokee County, who encouraged her to focus seriously on her music and to begin writing her own material.
Since those early days in Sunnyside, Bernadette has performed in both Carolinas, singing and playing her guitar for audiences as a solo performer and as vocalist with a number of regional bands, in venues ranging from music clubs, to churches, care facilities, and even prisons.
Along the way, she has developed her own distinctive style and created an impressive catalog of original songs. Stylistically, Bernie is often compared to such classic country and western singers as Loretta Lynn and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songs reflect her wide-ranging musical influences: from country, bluegrass, and gospel, to rockabilly, rock, and pop.
2013 is already shaping up to be Bernie’s busiest musical year yet, with more performances scheduled in and around the Upstate, and more frequent appearances on the Charlotte NC music scene. Bernie has enlisted well-known Charlotte roots rockers Bill Noonan and The Barbed Wires as her backing band, a collaboration that promises more good things ahead for Bernie and the Barbed Wires, and for their growing numbers of fans.