Tobe Baer

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Born December 16, 1991, Tobe Baer is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from the San Francisco area. His mother, born in Germany, and his father of Canadian decent both have a deep, appreciation of the arts and music. He was exposed to a variety of influences growing up amongst his international family. While traveling and living in different places around the world, (California, Canada, Germany, and India) Tobe picked up various influences that would later help him to define his work as a songwriter.

Tobe graduated with honors in 2015 from University of California, Santa Cruz with his BA in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics. After working as a bio engineer for a year and then a year of teaching special education students, he quickly realized he had to pursue a career in music. In 2017 he moved to Germany, living in his brother’s, German producer Janosch Roth’s studio for almost a year. Working together on Tobe’s skills as a songwriter and producer to best suit his soulful, folk, pop songs with his rich and soulful voice, the brothers recorded dozens of demos. Tobe soon decided to move to New York and in 2018 Tobe met and started working with award-winning international recording artist, producer and artist manager Denise Marsa. In 2019 the brothers partnered with Marsa on the release of Tobe’s master recordings.

Tobe Baer loves making music, and it’s been that way since he first picked up his dad’s guitar as a kid. Tobe shares, “My dad bought his guitar which is now my guitar, from a Japanese friend in Thailand sometime in the 1970’s. It sat in my grandmother’s basement for over 30 years before he gave it to me. It was made by a Japanese instrument company called Jumbo, which no longer exists. I love this guitar.”

Releases

5 song EP
tobebaer.com

Singer-Songwriter Tobe Baer‘s music is fresh and groove-oriented, mixing a blend of old school Motown sound, with European techno and British production sensibility with his smooth voice. His approach to his music is sensual and realistic; he sings about friends, girlfriends, aspirations, frustrations and everyday life in a big city, with the inner complexities we all feel, chiming in.

Press

SINGLE REVIEW | TOBE BAER | THE DESCENT

7.9.20

We hear the ticking of a clock and a few simple piano chords, immediately conjuring the passage of time. Then the voice comes in smooth with a sing/speak verse that dances with rhythm eventually giving way to a rootsy croon that is both accessible and a bit mysterious. Tobe Baer’s The Descent from his new KeyMedia Group release The Passing of Time grabs your attention from its opening seconds and hangs on tight. Displaying versatility in songwriting within a single tune, Baer’s tune deftly journeys through different vibes from section to section but never feels disjointed or like its pieces struggle to fit together to form a complete picture. Quite the opposite; it all hangs together like magic to create a portrait of blissful youth and dreams to chase.
Fatea Magazine, UK:
“Baer’s rich and distinctive voice to shine on an appealing sultry, soul-like number, perfect summer listening.”
STABBED PANDA: “Brooklyn-based songwriter Tobe Baer steps up with a new collection of songs that blends the styles of Josh Rouse, Twenty One Pilots and James Bay into a short, eclectic E.P. As I write this, the times are strange. It’s oddly prophetic that this record, presumably recorded some time before the Coronavirus, shares themes with the current crisis; I’m sure I don’t need to explain the irony of titles like All Gone, and In The Sun to you…”

REINGLAND: “Tobe Baer has released a wonderful new track called “Something Beautiful” It’s the most kindest and caring song I’ve heard. The vocals are heart-warming and make you feel good inside when you sing along. I liked the guitar and keyboard coming together it was so nice. Be sure to listen to this track above and add your feedback below. Add this wonderful song to your playlist.”

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