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Thank you for visiting my website.  I’m glad you stopped by!  Please feel free to connect with me anytime here on my site, FacebookTwitter, or Periscope. My greatest hope is to inspire, encourage, and empower you to be all you were created to be and to live life to the fullest through a relationship with Jesus!  I also love helping others discover their gifts and talents through teaching, coaching, and singing.  

 

My Story:

 

As I reflect back on my earliest childhood memories, I recall Edmonton, Alberta Canada as being a winter wonderland full of igloos, snow sleds, and continuous orchestral backdrops, eh?”  I was born into a worship pastor’s home.  My father, Laurey Berteig, was a well-known christian artist, conductor, composer, and choral director. For me, singing christmas trees were seasonal playgrounds and hundred membered choirs were extended families. Symphonies typically enhanced church music, and worshipping God was the normal way of life. At the age of six, my family relocated to San Jose, California which afforded me the opportunity to sing with the San Jose Symphony Orchestra. I also performed many solos for Bethel Church’s renowned Singing Christmas Tree at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose.

My musical pursuits opened doors to sing backup for Canadian christian artist, Connie Scott on one of her albums, be a part of choirs that supported many well-known artists, and tour with a vocal jazz ensemble throughout Poland and parts of Germany all before graduating from high school!A summer later, I had the unique privilege of traveling the world while living in a global community for three months with fifty other World Vision youth ambassadors from fifty different countries, promoting peace and reconciliation for government officials, Good Morning America, CNN, The Kennedy Center, and other TV & radio talk shows in Taiwan, Canada, the US, and Mexico. My life’s world view conversion, with fifty new international friendships embedded inside my heart, gave way at only 19, to yet another adventure; traveling to Hulda Buntain’s Mission of Mercy in Calcutta, India, as a special guest singer for their annual 1996 Singing Christmas Tree Production.

* Throughout all of my travels, I’ve experienced how small the world truly is and how every human being possesses the same common basic needs that have the potential of giving way to love, respect, and peace when differences, that typically bring about strife, are laid to rest. *

Now, at the age of 39, whether I am singing, leading worship, writing, or Periscoping, I am trying, with God’s grace, to live a life of worship and surrender everyday!  I am currently writing and recording new worship songs. I lead worship with my husband, Brian, guest lead for other churches and retreats, and teach voice and beginning piano privately as well as teach singing workshops and breakout sessions for choirs and worship teams, as well as online.  I also enjoy speaking at MOPS and women’s groups about the importance of establishing a God centered home, homeschooling, and encouraging them they are not alone in their journey of motherhood.  Oh yeah, and one more thing…we are a Seahawks family except for one. lol! Try to figure out which one. he he…Family on the steps

If you would like me to come and share my music or speak at one of your events, please contact me at: SongBirdLM@Hotmail.com

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