Behrend has produced five C.D.’s. the first The Ballad
of Seul Choix Lighthouse in 1997, followed by Legends of the Great
Lakes (1998), More Legends of the Great Lakes (2000), Best of
Legends of the Great Lakes (2004), and Even more Legens of the Great lakes (2007).
Author of two books, the first, Adventure Bound, father
and daughter circumnavigate the greatest lake in the world is a
true story of how he and his 18 year old daughter, Naomi, circumnavigate
Lake Superior the Greatest and most perilous lakes in the world.
(2003) His latest book The Legend of the Christmas Ship (2005) a
historical novel based on the true story of Captain Herman Schueneman
the famous Christmas Tree Ship Captain who brought Christmas trees
from Upper Michigan to sell them each year at Chicago’s Clark
Street bridge. Lost in a November gale in 1912 the ship has become
legendary in Great Lakes folklore.
When he’s not writing new songs or books, Behrend
performs his songs for audiences all around the Great Lakes region
and has become one of America’s best loved Great Lakes Balladeers.
As a solo performer he has performed for smaller audiences such
as schools and libraries. For larger festivals and concert halls
like the 300th birthday of Detroit and the famous Calumet Theater,
he is accompanied by his Great Lakes Legends Band.
Behrend’s warm stage manner and clear tenor voice
has made him a favorite performer of both young and old. Behrend
has sold over 30,000 copies of his music which is distributed by
his own record label, Old Country Books and Records.
For the past four years Behrend has been invited to perform
his own rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s classic, Wreck of
the Edmund Fitzgerald at the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial service
each November 10th at Whitefish Point. The bell from the Fitzgerald
tolls 29 times in memory of each of the lost crew members of this
famous ship. In addition to his musical performances, Behrend is
also available for book signings and slide presentations on both
the Christmas Ship and his father and daughter circumnavigation
trip around Lake Superior.
Behrend has sought to share with us the beauty of the Great
Lakes through his songs and stories of Great Lakes Legends and in
the process, perhaps he has become one.