Bascom, the daughter of Civil Rights activist Rev. Marion C. Bascom, began her career as a disc jockey in Baltimore, Maryland. Bascom was the first artist signed to Stevie Wonder's label Black Bull. She later forged a great recording career in the Pacific Northwest. For 15 years, Bascom sang on the Las Vegas strip. And was the Co/star in the award-winning show Divine Divas, She was also one of the Motown Moments at the Motown Cafe. Bascom recorded for her own labels Penguin and Solidarity Records which was distributed by D-Town Records. Her standout performance of "Seattle Sunshine" is still her trademark song and she has worked with Elton John, Lenny Williams, and others.
In 2004 Bascom returned to Seattle where she has taught vocal lessons, performance, and production. She also is the creator of "PRAISE!, a Sunday Gospel Supper," which has run at The Triple Door in downtown Seattle.
- Border Radio - Music - Border Radio - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper
- HistoryLink Essay: Parker's Ballroom
- Seattle Channel - Video
- The Triple Door - Praise: A Sunday Gospel Supper-Produced & Directed By Bernadette Bascom W/ Special Guests[permanent dead link]
- The Triple Door - Bernadette Bascom: "Let'S Celebrate"[dead link]
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