Dream Records recording artist Bridgett Kern is the ‘First Lady’ in many more ways than you would imagine. Raised a product of the COGIC world, Bridgett Kern is now co-pastoring a multicultural, non-denominational church in Phoenix called The Radiant Life Church that appeals to a more diverse, global community. Bridgett’s husband – Joseph Kern – is Latino, giving their marriage and ministry a more intercontinental appeal to residents of the valley in the sun.
is also bringing her music and mindset to her first album release, No One Greater
, a project that presents a ‘new’ sound molding and mending the best from both Gospel and Contemporary Christian music (CCM). BlackGospel.com
spoke with Bridgett Kern
about her interesting positions on being submissive to your husband, reserving your vessel for the Lord and the musical influences that cross cultural lines.
Christopher Heron: I want to know a little bit more about the artist behind the voice. For instance, are you a native of Phoenix? And where did the passion and the gift to sing and minister come from?
Bridgett Kern: Yes, I actually am a native of Phoenix, Arizona which is a question I get all the time, “How did you get there?” I am a native, my parents are both from the south, one is from Duquesne, Louisiana and one is from Texarkana, Arkansas. My sister and I were both born in Phoenix, Arizona. And my grandfather actually started a Church here. My family is Church of God in Christ so he started Greater St. Luke Power House Church of God in Christ Church in Phoenix, Arizona. At that time it was very popular to minister on the street, and so my grandfather would take them out and they would minister on the street and that’s how they made their living, and it was during a time where it was very hard for them to make it out here but somehow they made it work.
And from that Church that my grandfather started is where I started as a little girl. Of course ministering in the junior choir and later on the adult choir and just attending all the Church of God in Christ conventions and things like that A good friend of mine, Eddie James, started the Phoenix Mass Choir and I sang in the choir from about the time I was about 15 until I was about 25 – 26. That was a great influence on my life because it was one of those type of outreaches that just brought a lot of young people together who are passionate about music, passionate about changing their community and so being a part of that fueled it even more. Eddie James is a prolific song writer and minister and he loves people, and so we did great things when we were young. That fire has always been a part of my life in the sense of sharing your testimony, your passion through music.
Christopher Heron: Very interesting. I consider one of the templates of the Black Church in America is the Church of God In Christ but yet your particular voice, your spirit is so universal, so cross-cultural on your new album No One Greater, I have to ask who’ve been some of your musical and vocal influences over the years?