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He’s been Musical Director and Bass Player for stars like R&B Crooner Frankie Beverly and Grammy Nominated Saxophonist Boney James. Highly respected artists like Jonathan Butler, Steve Perry of Journey and others like them have recorded his songs. And his mastery of the bass guitar can be heard on over 400 CD’s both nationally and internationally. We’re speaking of vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer, Bear Williams aka Larry Kimpel. This Chicago Native has just about done it all! While traveling extensively throughout the world as a touring musician Bear has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Alanis Morissette, Anita Baker, George Duke, Oleta Adams and many others. But Bear’s somewhat hidden talent up until now has been the fact he is a powerful Contemporary Blues Crooner in his own right. Super Vocalist Rachelle Ferrell was the first to recognize Bear’s gift and so she brought him out front to stand-in for vocalist Will Downing on her romantic duet “Nothing has ever felt like this” during her live performances in the mid 1990’s. Let’s just suffice it to say that none of her adoring fans around the world were ever disappointed with her choice of stand-ins. Upon hearing one of Bear’s original tracks on his "Waters Of Love" CD, the Grammy Winning Country Artist Alannah Miles [“Black Velvet”] said once in a quote; “Bear Williams has got a simply gorgeous and soulful voice!” To sum it all up, Bear has been behind the scenes for long enough and so now it’s time for him to spread his wings, sing his songs and fly high above the clouds! Stay tuned… because we predict that the best is truly yet to come for him.


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