Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bernii has grown up in a musical family with both parents in the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and her father being the founder of a successful Jazz Trio. She started performing professionally as a guest vocalist for the Virtuoso Jazz Trio at fifteen years old and writing her own music around this time.
Bernii originally studied musical theatre in Bristol but was found often at the piano in breaks writing her own music. Deciding the musician theatre scene wasn’t for her, she decided to take up an offer at the Brighton Institute of Mordern Music (BIMM) to study vocals under Carleen Anderson (The Brand New Heavies) a year later, through BIMM, she performed as part of a choir for Ozzy and Kelly Osborne at the Olympic Torch Concert and Pitch Shifter, also in London. In the same class as Bernii was blues and soul artist Dani Wile (originally RUF records) who she would later sing as a backing vocalist for on Dani’s album ‘Shine’ produced by Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac). Bernii also performed on BBC Radio 2 ‘The Paul Jones Show’ with Will Wilde. and performed backing vocals for three songs on his second album ‘Unleashed’ produced by Jamie Little.
Bernii formed her own band in-between this work and released Americana album ‘Garden’ (2008) produced by Ray Russell (Phil Collins) and George Baldwin (The Mighty Boosh) and later her live in the studio EP ‘Five Fingers of Rye’ (2011). She played shows across the U.K with her six piece band, supporting American based Roger Clyne and The Peace Makers and Chesney Hawkes.
Getting restless, Bernii decided she wanted to follow her dream of heading to NYC where she landed for what she thought would be a three week recording venture at Night Owl Studios that actually marked the starting point of a five year journey between NYC and England. This turned out to be a whirlwind adventure that was testing, trying, wonderful, unique; forging life long friendships, travelling America, jamming, recording and this changed Bernii and her writing style as a result. Whilst there, she worked with Jones Bones Productions and
Gene Gagliardi (Keith Urban), Laeticia De Valer (Damon Dash) and a Grammy writing team.
Bernii opened for Chesney Hawkes and co-wrote a dance song with Angie Coccs and Robbie Neji called ‘Wired’ which charted at number 12 on the global dance chart.
Upon returning to the UK, she started co-writing with Chris Whiting, whom she had met in Brighton many years earlier, coincidentally having moved to her home town the same year she returned. The duo penned Bernii’s current single ‘Mechanical Symphony’ along with a selection of other songs that will appear on her forthcoming EP. Bernii plans to return to America early 2017 and is currently writing and recording the rest of her album.