Sometimes change is forced and sometimes change is chosen. For Bernard John, one couldn’t have happened without the other. Back in October of 2013, Bernard, then performing under the name John Colvert and living in Boston, MA, returned from a long string of shows that brought him from Portland, ME to Nashville, TN and back. Almost immediately upon his return he began to suffer from unexplained chronic migraines that would leave him nearly bedridden for many months. Easily triggered by sound and bright lights, Bernard had no choice but to stow his guitar in the closet and focus on his health.
What he didn’t realize was that this initially unwelcome period in his life without music would lead to years of needed self discovery and change. “Sometimes you lose a battle you didn’t even know you were fighting,” Bernard says. “I realize now that I needed this time just to acknowledge the war.” Eventually moving back to his home state of Rhode Island and finally regaining his health, it was time to pickup the guitar and a pen again. After nearly a decade of being John Colvert, Bernard realized that he was no longer the person who came off tour in October of 2013, and in a time of change nothing is sacred. For the first time in his life, his given name, Bernard John, felt right.
Bernard plans to release his first album as Bernard John in early 2019. He has performed on the side stage for John Prine and Lucinda Williams. He has also opened for Adam Ezra Group, Langhorne Slim, The Dunwells, and Keith Kane (of Vertical Horizon).
“…the emotion behind Bernard’s music is barely contained within his frame, telling all in the audience that there’s a story behind his singing, and he’s here to share it with all of us.” The Noise (Boston, MA)