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 on, TWLOHA would find it’s biggest initial support and exposure from bands who 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 be their year.
“Bearcat, the solo project of Renee Yohe, is a sweeping tribute to soul—in all its respects. It’s impossible to get even a few seconds into new song “Crazy Fishes” without noting it bursting through her vocals, mixing with a warmth and richness that simultaneously evokes jazz and sixties pop. Add in the twinkling synth, jazz piano lines, and steady drum beats, and you’ve got yourself one nostalgia trip that you’ll so enjoy taking” - Purevolume
“BEARCAT’s latest, “Silence Is Silver,” speaks to tackling your issues head on instead of keeping them bottled up. In her gentle, strong voice—she reminds us a bit of She And Him’s Zooey Deschanel with a touch of Fiona Apple thrown in” - MTV Buzzworthy
“Retro-classic vocals delivering emotionally believable songs” - DailyUnsigned.com