Hey! So, I just wanted thank you for checking out my Kickstarter, and tell you a little about my project. I've always loved music, but really never considered singing. I was the typical "I'll sing in the shower or in the car with the windows down and the music up as long as you aren't listening," type. I kept it a secret that I loved to sing, it was my cozy blanket, my means of consoling myself. The rest of my creative outlets had been used for the sake of helping others and I really needed something that was just for me, that didn't have to be anything other than what it was. I started singing a little over a year ago, with the help of some very persistent friends. Since then I've been blown away by the opportunities I've had to perform and have thoroughly enjoyed writing a bunch of music and growing as an artist. Now, I've started this Kickstarter because I'd love to go out to California and record the music I've been working so hard on, get a publicist, jump in a van with my band to tour the country and win your ears and hearts! Below you can read a little more about me and my project (people have some pretty sweet things to say), and as this thing gets going I'll keep you updated! Thanks so much again! Renee
The name Renee Yohe may be familiar to you from all the support work the non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms has done in her honor. Following the success of her acclaimed book, "A Purpose For The Pain," which documents her journey from self-destruction to her new outlook on life through a series of heartbreaking and inspiring journal entries, Renee is now channeling all of her creative energy into her music career with her new band, BEARCAT. Her hauntingly beautiful voice, which has been compared to the likes of Fiona Apple, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Nash, has landed BEARCAT a highly coveted spot on tour with Never Shout Never this Spring. The band is now reaching out to the public to help fund their upcoming album.
Throughout her life, Renee Yohe has always believed in the value of telling her story. The platforms have changed from social media, to books, to public speaking engagements, and most recently, a film based on her life starring Kat Dennings and Chad Michael Murray (due in 2012). Renee first entered the public spotlight with To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization that aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide. In December 2011, TWLOHA was awarded a $1 million grant from Chase at the first ever American Giving Awards on NBC. By sharing her own personal struggles, Renee and the organization have helped millions.
Through everything, music has always played a crucial and stabilizing role in Renee's life. Her favorite bands helped her through some of her darkest times. Later, TWLOHA would find it's biggest initial support and exposure from bands that would wear the organization's t-shirts. When the opportunity came to form her own band, the transition just felt natural.
Renee's eclectic talents and triumphant experiences create a compellingly notable project with BEARCAT. With a new album, a spring tour and a film due out in 2012, this is set to be their year.
PLEASE HELP fund BEARCAT's upcoming album by donating to this Kickstarter project. We need to reach a sizable goal to cover production, manufacturing, publicity and touring.