The goal of Beryl's music ministry
is to promote Christianity and interact with people of faith through
their personal family events. The songs included on three CD releases
are carefully selected personal favorites, some of which originated
from years of participation in a group ministry at her parish church.
Others are original compositions and more obscure "finds."
A native of New Orleans, Beryl's musical experience ranges from radio/TV
performances as a child... to a "doo-wop" group in high
school... to her own rock band as a young adult... singing in the
"Papal Choir" during Pope John Paul's visit to New Orleans
in 1987... from 2001-2004, functioning as Choir Director at St. Louis
Cathedral Catholic Elementary School in New Orleans... and, in 2005,
singing the National Anthem at an opening legislative session of the
Louisiana Senate. "Amazing Graces," Beryl's latest CD released
in November 2004, includes two of her original songs and her original
arrangement of her father's 1926 patriotic composition, songs of four
other "new" composers, vocals shared with her husband Juan,
and "back-up" vocals by children who were in her choir.
Currently, she is studying pipe organ and loving every minute of it.
As an independent Christian recording artist, Beryl has released three
CD's and a music video distributed throughout the United States, and
also to other parts of the world, including Australia, Ireland and
China. Her songs/albums are also available for downloads on major
internet sites, such as, Napster, iTunes, and Rhapsody.
CD releases and music video have been recognized in nationwide U.
S. competition sponsored by the United Catholic Music and Video Association
(UCMVA), reaching finalist status in both 2002 and 2005 Awards. Her
music has also been accepted by the Catholic cable network EWTN, to
be featured in their programming.
Having survived her own personal tragedies -- including the loss of
a child, her teenage daughter, in a fatal automobile accident -- through
the years Beryl has poured the emotion of losses and faith into her
music. That is what her music ministry is all about... connecting
with persons seeking God's presence, and also with hurting souls needing
God's intervention in the midst of crisis or tragedy. Fan response
to her music validates this connection. More recently, with their
home in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and now relocated
to Baton Rouge LA, Beryl and her husband Juan are grateful for their
survival and recovery from the storm, and also for their blessings
of talent, love, and the opportunity to share with others the abundant
love of Jesus Christ through their music.