Marius Bear will represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song 'Boys Do Cry'.
The 28 year old musician from Appenzell in Switzerland combines characteristics which at first sight appear to be incompatible: self-confidence and strength, vulnerability and the courage to lay bare his weaknesses.
Marius Bear’s artistic path has been as unusual as his remarkable voice – he first became aware of his talent during his compulsory military service with the Swiss army.
'One of my mates was impressed by the timbre of my voice, ' Marius explains.
'We jammed together for the first time that very evening. I noticed immediately how liberating it is to be able to express my feelings through singing and music. That was the first step along my new pathway.'
In 2016, Bear abandoned his life plan of becoming a construction machinery mechanic in order to tour Germany and Switzerland as a street musician. At one festival he got to know a famous producer who invited him to New York, and Marius quickly became part of the Swiss artistic and creative arts scene there.
He moved on again in 2017, heading for the UK, where he studied music production at the prestigious BIMM Institute in London, and at the same time took part in a number of sessions with well-known songwriters.
It was a journey of self-discovery that in 2019 ultimately led to the release of his first album Not Loud Enough, which soared straight into the Top 20 in the Swiss album charts.
'I learnt very early on that I don’t need to be ashamed of my feelings. As a man, I’m not afraid to cry and to lay bare my weaknesses to my audience. I don’t want to wear emotional armour, I want to be who I am. And I want to encourage my audience to do the same.'
Now, with his song Boys Do Cry, Marius Bear is bringing this message to an international stage at the Eurovision Song Contest.