Multi-award nominee and Indigenous singer-songwriter, Mike Bern pays tribute to those who came before him with his new single, “Ancestors.”
“Ancestors” is a song inspired by a visit Mike made to an Angel Reader — a person who can communicate and receive words and visions from an angel.
Mike visited while grieving a family passing. He received a message. It was a call to action to use the power of song to honour those who came before
“Ancestors” is Mike Bern’s dedication to the sacrifices his ancestors made to pave the way for his success.
The song consists of lush guitars, anthemic vocals, and catchy synth harmonies. “Ancestors,” tells the story of pride with a range of musical influences that complement the bold lyrics. It draws on the strength of the connection he has to his ancestry.
“There is a difference between you and me
There is ancient blood in my streams
Ancestors told me to say
There will be better days
So sing loud and clear
For all to hear.”
Mike crafted “Ancestors” by arranging traditional folk melodies and sprinkling hints of rock n’ roll to create an aesthetic sound. Mike Bern’s skills as an instrumentalist/songwriter come from an already impressive music career that has spanned a few projects.
Drawing influence from artists like Frankie Miller, Chris Otepka, and Ben Schneider, Mike Bern had already found success playing in award-winning bands such as Kickin Krotch and District Avenue before going solo. Opening up for bands like Seaway and The Trews, Mike has also found his work on international stages with a music video, his time with District Avenue at the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
The track “First Mother” from his solo debut album WAPONAHKEW climbed to the top spot of the Indigenous Music Countdown right out the gate. He has since been steadily working with recent nominations for three Native American Music Awards.