Kendrick Berrera

Kendrick Berrera was born in 1961 in Oakland, California. He spent the first few years of his childhood in a camper with the rest of his family following his musician father, Bobby “Yogi” Berrera, from gig to gig until finally settling in Sacramento, where his father was a musician in the house band of a local club.

As a child, he first took tap-dance lessons and, aged ten, finished second to a rock band in a local talent competition. This caused him to give music a look. The first musical instrument he played was violin, followed by trombone and acoustic guitar.

At 16, Berrera and some friends formed a rock band called Hot Touch. They later switched to country-rock and changed their name to The Easy Feels. They had quite a following in the northern California area, opening for such acts as Peter Frampton, Three Dog Night and Grand Funk Railroad. The Easy Feels released their only album, “Gentle on My Mind”, in 1978 and split soon after in the face the album’s muted reception.

Berrera immediately fell into high profile work however, replacing Timothy B. Schmit in Poco when Schmit left to join The Eagles. This led to Berrera doing some session work with Glen Campbell. That gig came to an abrupt end though when he openly criticised Campbell’s lifestyle choices at the time. Downcast, Berrera relocated to New York and a short stint with the Saturday Night Live house band. It was here that he first met Christopher Cross and began a highly successful period of session work with the doleful singer/songwriter.

Berrera has flourished in the field of session work and his credits include performing on more than 100 gold albums. His theme music credits for TV and films include “Against All Odds”, “Who’s the Boss”, “Hill Street Blues”, “the Golden Girls” and “Alf”. The latter was a theme he composed with Hilton Burbank. Though not credited on the record, it is widely believed to be true that Berrera contributed the line, “That a change will only come, when we stand together as one” to “We Are the World”.

While working on the soundtrack to “Three Men and a Little Lady”, Berrera was the victim of a random gun attack whilst onstage with the Bangles at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd in 1990*. The bullet shattered his vocal cord and caused significant nerve trauma, but through intensive therapy and a positive frame of mind Berrera recovered to continue to thrill music fans the world over with his shrewd, no-frills approach to guitar playing which is now back where it belongs: centre-stage beside Burbank’s bank of synths.

*Despite the attack, Berrera remains a full member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and frequently lobbies congress on their behalf.