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Ronnie Bear was born in Prescott, Arkansas, to Dora May Lewis Barrett and F. L. Barrett. His heritage is Choctaw Indian and Irish. He was raised in the small town of Amity, and recalls that there was always lots of music in my family.
Ronnie started playing the drums at around age 5, and began playing professionally 11 years ago. As fate would have it, one night the singer of the band he was playing with, was detained. Ronnie stepped up and began singing lead, and he liked it. After that, he continued on the drums for awhile, but he knew that singing was his true calling. He finally moved up front on rhythm guitar and vocals, and has been there ever since.
A true cowboy, Ronnie spent many years running a large cattle ranch, and knows his way around ropin and ridin but his heart is in music. After winning the 2000 Country Music Showdown in his hometown and participating in the state competition, Ronnie appetite for the music grew stronger, so he set his sights on a full-time career as a recording artist. I love performing live, he says. Sometimes, people are kinda standoffish when they first see me up on stage. They don't know how to take me because I'm so intense when I play the more rockin numbers. Then, I'll bust off on a George Jones song, and they know I'm country - for real. He also counts Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and Mark Chesnutt among his musical influences.
Ronnie has just released his debut single, Mobile Home. Written and produced by Nashville music veteran, Tom Paden, it is the first single from Bears forthcoming Aspirion / JaxnBear Records CD, What It All Comes Down To. An up-tempo country rocker, "Mobile Home" tells the story of a ramblin' man forced to lay down some roots by an honest woman and he's happy about it. Commuting back-and-forth to Nashville while working on the album was a bit intimidating to him at first. I love to play live, but I had a hard time relaxing in the studio. Thankfully, Tom, my producer, and my vocal coach, Judy Rodman, made it real easy for me. They gave me a lot of confidence and I think that shows on the record. I am very proud of it. A dedicated family man, Ronnie is happily married and has three children. My wife and kids want to see me do this, and they think it's cool that Dad's on the radio! That strong family support has been an important element in his decision to move forward with his career.
Ronnie's ambition is to sing all over the nation, and watch the people smile, because "I believe they can see themselves through my music."
He performs all the older country as well as the new country and has 10 originals off his album "What It All Comes Down To". He also does some of the old time Rock-n-Roll as well as a few of the new rock songs.