Bernerd was born in Roanoke, VA. As a child he would rewrite lyrics to Top 40 songs in his head. By the time he was a teenager he developed a passion for songwriting, writing several hundred songs, taught himself how to play guitar and read sheet music. Bernerd composes music and writes lyrics. Bernerd writes in several genres including country, hard rock, classic rock, pop, jazz, novelty, and bluegrass. Bernerd has been on the radio, has single song contracts, and has written for commercials.