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Bethlehem Rhapsody: The Nativity story set to a 1970’s rock classic

Written By | Dec 13, 2016

A parody of the 1970s Queen classic rock anthem Bohemian Rhapsody by Mark Bradford.

This version is performed of The ‘Bethlehemian Rhapsody’ Nativity story, is acted and filmed with puppets by Marwood Youth Club, and Muddiford Junior Church Group, Barnstaple, North Devon.

With permission of Mark Bradford,

From his bio at Mark

Mark Bradford who grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, and began singing in church at age 8. He began writing original songs at age 18, and drew early inspiration from such artists as Andrae Crouch, Michael Omatian, Elton John and Harry Nilsson.

Mark studied music at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL, and graduated in 1977. He formed his first band, Joy Road, there. Joy Road performed for churches, youth groups, and campus events.

Mark and his wife, Sharon, met at Olivet, and were married the summer of 1977. They moved to Denver the fall of ’78, and began attending Denver First Church Of The Nazarene, where they were active until the fall of 2012.

In 1985, Mark’s band won the first ever “Battle Of The Bands” competition at the Christian Artists Seminar at Estes Park.

Mark began writing and producing song parodies for radio in 1987. He was one of the top song parody writer/producers for radio in America for more than a decade. He writes and produces song parodies for radio stations in cities across the country, including Kansas City, Philadephia, and Houston. He was a long time contributor to the nationally syndicated TM Century Comedy Network for many years, which was carried on over 100 radio stations nationwide. In 1997 and 1998 he produced weekly Bronco songs for KOA radio throughout the Broncos’ championship seasons, and performed at several rallies, including the victory rallies at Mile High Stadium and Denver Civic Center Park.

Mark has been producing music projects for Creative Ministry Solutions, Inc. (formerly One Way Street), the leading puppet ministry supplier in the world, since 1988. He has produced the Puppets in Concert series, the Target Trax series, the Happenin’ series, and the very popular Righteous Pop Music parody series., which is played on Christian radio nationwide.

Mark released his first album of original music, Right Now, in 1989. He released Sin No More in August of 1996. Mark produced the album himself in his own studio, as he does all of his albums, and used some of the top musical talent in the Rocky Mountain region in its production. Sin No More embodies a wide range of musical styles, all the while challenging the listener to a deeper walk with Christ.

Mark’s next album, Drive-Thru World, is a fun, light hearted, yet challenging look at the non-stop stressful world we live in. It was released in July of 2001, and also features some of the top musical talent in the Denver area. In 2002 Mark remixed, remastered, and added five new songs to the CD release of Right Now.

In 2006, Mark released his rock & roll, praise & worship Christmas musical, When Joy Was Born. It’s his most ambitious project to date, and features new, original Christmas songs as well as arrangments of your favorite Christmas carols. It’s intended to be performed in churches as a worship experience, rather than a “pageant.”

Mark’s most recent album of new material, Set Free To Worship, is a praise and worship album with a classic rock sound. It features original worship songs and rock arrangements of some of your favorite hymns. Mark also released a progressive rock compilation album in 2011 titled High Road. It features some of Mark’s prog epics from Right Now, Sin No More, and Drive-Thru World, as well as two new recordings of previously unreleased material.

In 2008, Mark began writing Mark Bradford’s Bible Blog, where he has written a personal commentary on the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts, Hebrews, and Psalms. He’s currently blogging on the Gospel of John.

Mark is currently worship director at Hope Fellowship Church in Centennial, Colorado, in the Denver area. Mark lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Sharon. They have been married since 1977. Sharon works in the computer graphics industry, and is an original artist in her own right. They have no children, but do have two dogs, Ziggy and Sookie, and two cats, Luna and Midi.

Bradford is now battling cancer and from his website you can contribute to his “gofundme” account.

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