Music has always been a mainstay of Amy Berna’s life. With a passion for soul and R&B, she started singing in church and taking piano lessons at the age of five, and by the age of 12, she was singing with her four sisters, which quickly turned into a full time ministry. Known as “Surrendered Heart,” Amy and her sisters recorded three CDs – the final album at the renowned Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN – and toured in Brazil, Mexico and across the Western United States. The girls would regularly perform at churches, youth ministries, community organizations, women’s ministries — really anywhere that would give them a platform and a voice.
Most of her life has been spent in Madera, CA. A long-time worship leader at The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, Amy’s writing has become a about a 50/50 split – half straight up songs of worship, and half simple songs of life experience. However she admits that writing worship songs has become her escape. “There’s nothing like surrendering to true worship, it has a way of bringing everything into perspective, He is God and I am not!”
Hold on, be strong, let your faith arise in the midnight, hold on
In March of 2005, Amy entered and won the American Christian Music Showcase in San Jose, CA. This one event has propelled her career, allowing her to record five demos with writers and producers from EMAC Publishing / Gotee Records, and a main-stage performance slot at Spirit West Coast – Monterey, July 2005.
“I feel like music has the power to bring positive change in people. If you have hope, you can rise above just about any situation. My goal is to bring much more than a passing moment. My desire is for God to bring a life-long change.”
A main focus of Amy’s life is women’s ministries. “I really want to reach women and encourage them that we can do anything. God has given us all we need to change the world – our worlds – and overcome our circumstances. Part of this ministry focuses on beauty beyond appearance. Women today are being thrown so many lies about what beauty is, and I am passionate about helping women realize that true beauty is so much more than the outward appearance.”
And the future looks bright, as Amy prepares to record more songs in Nashville and extend her touring. Her heart for ministry and focus on artistry will surely open doors, and open hearts for years to come.
So Hold On…and no matter where you find yourself in the midst of the storm, in the midst of the rain, He will make a way.