March 2010 Newsflash: We now have a MySpace page. It's for our family's music, but I put in under my name because there are so many "Hernandez Family"s on MySpace! Just go to myspace.com/bernieanddesales (actually you can just click on the link on the left side of this page). So far I have five of our songs up. I'll add more soon. God bless!
November Newsflash: Peter Jude Hernandez has arrived! At 5:58 on Friday November 6th, 2009! He was 9 pounds 5 ounces and 21 and 3/4 inches long. DeSales and the baby are both doing well. Thank you for your prayers.
In other news: still working diligently on the new album. Seven songs are completed. We're trying to record a few songs with a live drummer, but the drummer we wanted was unavailable, bummer. Please pray that either this person becomes available or we find someone else who can record with us (who knows when that will be now that baby is almost here!) But a few of the songs just beg for a real drummer, so it would be great! We actually are doing concerts for two other parishes, plus probably our own, St. Joseph's, at the end of January 2010, so it would have been great to have a new CD ready to go, but it's proabably not going to happen. But as soon as possible would be great.
I now have a Facebook page. Feel free to 'friend' us. Thanks, and please keep us in your prayers; and e-mail us if you need prayer. It's email@example.com. God bless!
Bernie is originally from Marriottsville, MD. He and his family moved to Hanover, PA in 2001. He's married to DeSales Hernandez and they have seven children ranging in age from our newborn to 14 years old: Elizabeth, 14; Katherine, 13; Andrew, 11; Gabriel, 9; Joseph, 8; and Rebekah, 7.
Bernie makes his living as a musician/composer in southern Pennsylvania and in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
He performs solo, with his wife DeSales, and, on occasion, with his 13 and 14 (we have teenagers now!) year old daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine, in area malls, schools and churches; and at Catholic parishes, private functions, fairs, festivals, weddings, receptions and birthday parties.
Bernie and his family also perform in many senior adult communities, nursing homes and personal care homes in the area.
With his wife and daughters he produced a well-received children's album called "I'm Glad We're Here!" The national U.S. organization MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) put the CD on their recommended listening list. The family is currently working on a new CD, tentatively titled "Speak Lord, For Your Servant Is Listening". DeSales released in the summer of 2008 her scripture memory project with worship leader Pam Cavanaugh and producer Chris Metcalf. The CD is called "Scripture For A Lifetime - Building Godly Character Through Scripture Memory Songs".
Bernie is the Contemporary Music Group leader at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster, MD. He was also choir director at St. William of York parish in Baltimore, MD from 2001-2007. His responsorial psalm settings (available here) are sung frequently at St. John and are used by other music directors in North Carolina, South Carolina and elsewhere in the U.S., and also in England, Australia and Canada.
His song "I Came For Your Heart" was recorded by the rock group Cubic Feet,(produced by Grammy-nominated producer Peter Solley). The song was subsequently published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing in New York, the music publishing entity of Warner Brothers. He's also recorded with producer Kim Fowley.
Bernie was the featured vocalist/pianist at Bentley's at the Barn Restaurant in Hanover on Thursday nights until their unfortunate closing as a restaurant with live music to a diner without live entertainment as of January 2010.
PRAYER REQUEST UPDATE: Thanks for your prayers. The Lord called Chris Boyer home on Ash Wednesday, 2/29/09. She was only 53. I told my children that it was fitting that she died on Ash Wednesday, because that day is a one of the greatest days of the Lord's mercy. It's when Christians all around the world turn to the Lord for forgiveness and renewal. And knowing so many people were fasting as they were praying for her that day is comforting. We didn't even know that we were actually praying for her soul because we didn't know until after a note was sent home after school with our Rebekah that she had died.
Original PRAYER REQUEST - 2/15/09: Our youngest, Rebekah's kindergarten teacher has been diagnosed with terminal cancer throughout her body. Her name is Mrs. Boyer. She's only in her 50's. Please pray for a miracle for her. Thank you.