“Waking Bear Bio”
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hey! 🤩 We’re Waking Bear, an indie-rock band from Olympia, Washington putting out high frequency originals 🎵🎸🎹🥁🎤🎶⚡ and uplifting audiences into joy and love ❤❤❤. We’re songwriters, musicians, open hearts. Founded in 2018 by Noah, we bring a high vibe, uplifting energy to our songwriting and performances.
Music for us is a celebration, a ceremony of our gratitude for this life. It uplifts us into the transcendent flow, bringing light into every cell of our bodies, goose bumps of joy and pleasure, transmitting the energy of love, joy, appreciation, and gratitude.
This feeling is something we desire to share with others and it’s what our shows do, through original songs, stories that open the heart, and ceremonies that help us to transcend and expand into the deeper love.
You can learn more about waking bear, here.
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Mouth Trumpet, possessed by higher love at times
I write songs and play guitar because how it makes me feel…uplifted, expanded, grateful, open-hearted and joyful . I taught myself to play guitar when I was a kid. For years I was way better at air guitar than I was at actually playing. Thankfully I had the chance to play in some great bands over the years…but I never made music my living until I had a mid-life “crisis” a few years ago. My mom was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer and I realized life is too short to be doing things I don’t care about. I’m so grateful to finally have the confidence, courage and vision for writing and playing my own songs in a way I didn’t have as a kid.
I began my spiritual journey at 5 years-old as a result of deep attachment wounds incurred when I was separated from my parents for over a year. Through tending to my own heart, I could perceive that in order to survive and to prevent myself from ever being abandoned again, I had cut myself off from trusting others and from the deep source, aka God. The irony is that while I was turned away from source, source was reaching to me the entire time. As a child I often found myself outside my body and in the sky witnessing the glory, beauty and tranquility of the deeper world. The rest of my life has been one trust fall after another. With humility and a deep asking for the divine mercy and love, my journey continues to be all about allowing the divine love into my being.
Lead Vocals, Keyboards, walking between realms, unicorn status, mama to Lady Bug
Raised in a musical family, I grew up singing and my mother taught me to play piano. I lived in San Francisco for nearly a decade singing and playing keyboard/synth in various bands and music projects, playing live shows at local venues and livin’ it up! Music styles ranged from indie-rock and singer/songwriter to electro-dance. Simultaneously, I was on an inner journey of growth, spiritual connection and self-awareness. Music projects and jam sessions continued during the two years I lived in Maui, Hawaii, where I began to combine my vocal chant ceremony singing with my songwriting style. I followed my heart to Olympia to be with my love, Noah, where our mutual love of music naturally entwined into our current music project, and I look forward to exploring this new singing expression in songs I write with Waking Bear.
Lead Guitar, Transmitting magical uplifting solos of glorious rainbows
Born in Ithaca NY 1988, I started learning guitar at the age of 17 and got serious at 21. Influenced by gospel, traditional country guitar, soul and blues as well as folk and contemporary rock.
So much joy to write and perform with Waking Bear, we love to amplify good vibes and raise the vibrational frequency. I like adventures, mind-blowing concepts, and breakfast. You can read more about me here.
Bass Guitar, That groovy bass guitarist chin nod when Cory’s feeling the music
I am a Utah spawn of ’91, and grew up in a family of creative weirdos. Music has always been a vital part of my mind, playing whatever I get my hands on by ear. I really started learning how to process it all in vigorous college training. I’ve since composed under the guise: Flalaski for games and puppet theater, and finally, I found the pure joys of performing with fellow musicians in settings that motivate the listeners [Especially the dancing!]. Waking Bear resonates with much of why I feel music really matters, and I’m excited for it.
PoE & FinN
Pretty much ruling the roost and doing whatever we want
I’m Poe. Finn’s my little cousin, he’s in the spirit world already. We still play together. I’m a super loving cat, but I can’t help hunting all night and sleeping most of the day. It’s just in my nature. It’s what I do. I’m cool with it because I know that, on the soul level, all of us are okay, even the birds, mice, rabbits and squirrels that I catch.
Roaming the neighborhood and hanging out with any family that feeds him
Yeah, I was a puppy in this pic, but I’m almost 5 years old now! I’m pretty much Lady Bug’s big brother (see next bio). She tries to lick my face all the time and follows me everywhere. My dad, Noah, even called lady bug my mini-me. So annoying! Anyway, I love to fetch balls and play tug-of-war. Other than that, I’m pretty much all about eating and snuggling.
Playing, Eating, Sleeping, Pooping
I don’t really know how I got into this band. I don’t even play an instrument. But I am pretty fucking cute and the ladies seem to love me.