Mike Bern reminisces about good times with a lost loved one in his heartwarming single and animated video Shrine Of Shirl — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Drawing on his experience with loss, Bern takes listeners on an emotional journey using his signature sonic palette of folk-rock harmonies with a sprinkle of southern gospel. Shrine Of Shirl is a testament to Bern’s ability to fuse his distinct musical style while harnessing the influence of artists such as Ben Schneider and Frankie Miller.
While Shrine Of Shirl was inspired by his late uncle — whose ashes which hang from the rearview mirror or Bern’s truck — the song is really about all the souls that are no longer here. “He always wanted to listen to music while he was here,” Bern shares of his uncle. “Now, when his favourite song comes on, I know he’s with me.”
Hailing from Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Indigenous singer-songwriter Bern has been carving his own path in music after getting his start with award-winning bands like Kickin Krotch and District Avenue. His artistry has been showcased at the 2018 Olympic Games and earned him multiple nominations at the Native American Music Awards. He has opened up for bands like Seaway, The Trews, One Bad Son and The Motorleague.