Renee Yohe is a woman living as a truly empowered female. The name may be familiar to you from all her support work (and all they’ve done in her honor) for the non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide,  To Write Love on Her Arms. In December 2011, TWLOHA was awarded a $1million 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.

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 Fiona Apple, Kate Nash and HelloGiggles’ very own Zooey Deschanel – has landed BEARCAT a highly coveted spot on tour with Never Shout Never this spring.

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 out late 2012).

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 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.

HelloGiggles is very proud to support Renee and all of her endeavors and is pleased to bring you the EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN to BEARCAT’s first single ‘Crazy Fishes’! Enjoy.

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