Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Together they create a sound that is soulful, powerful and wise. An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear combine fresh original compositions with surprising takes on some of their most cherished influences, making these songs undeniably their own. Begard provides a perfectly gaged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and Lauryn Hill.
For Bear, music is about connecting with people, and their live performances are all about sharing the passion for what they do with songs driving home the message of inspiration, empowerment, and self-determination. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for just over 3 years, they now call Birmingham their home and are proud to be actively involved in the creative scene in the city. Vocalist Faye is the founder of pop up event; Shanty Town; a home for live music, art, Dj's and spoken word. The event has recently celebrated its first birthday with a European tour in France and Germany. Bear are proud to be central to the colourful creative scene in Birmingham and they are excited to see how the influences here will show in their future music and sounds.