Bear was born to Laura Kalpakian (an author) and Jay McCreary (professor of University of Hawaii) in 1979. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but spent most of his early years in Bellingham, Washington. His career is graced by a degree from the famous USC Thornton School of Music in Composition and Recording Arts. He is a talented pianist of the classical genre and has taught himself to play to the accordion. His talent was polished and made better by the renowned legendary composer Elmer Bernstein for about a decade.
While studying under him, he recomposed Elmer’s famous Kings of the Sun by reconstructing it again. The complete score of the collaboration with his teacher, Elmer, is available as an album for the first time in decades. McCreary was one of Elmer’s select protégés. He taught him some fine tools and techniques as he worked and orchestrated for the maestro. His has contributed to his brother Brendan’s band, called Young Beautiful in a Hurry, by directing and producing several music videos, since his early works mostly include compositions for independent motion pictures. His main career began when he worked under Richard Gibbs for the background score of the miniseries of Battlestar Galactica.
He later became the primary composer of the show till it ended because Gibbs decided not to give all his time to this regular show. The soundtracks of the show were taken with great appreciation and the scores for seasons two and three made up to the list of Top 30 Music Sales on Amazon on their first day. He worked for two more assignments that were related to the Galactica series: one was the prequel to the series, called Caprica and the other was a two-hour movie called Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Bear made his mark by presenting one of the largest orchestras on TV for the series Human Target, which is based upon the comic book Human Target). He also brought together the largest orchestra for episodic TV for the last episode of the first season of Christopher Chance. He has had an Emmy nomination for the main title score of Human Target.
He has also composed scores for different series like The Walking Dead, The Cape, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D, etc. He has also been the producer of the orchestra for the rock opera named Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem. He began making film scores with the hit movie, Step Up 3D and has made many video features in Rest Stop, Wrong Turn 2 and Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back. His most recent feature filmed, called Knights of Badassdom, was his second film with the Wrong Turn director. He has also made several scores for video games like Dark Void Zero.
He has won several awards like the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music for Da Vinci’s Demons and won the International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television twice for Human Target and Battlestar Galactica. He has also won the ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series for Eureka. He is married to Raya Yarbrough, with whom he has a child. Raya is a singer and a songwriter, with whom he has worked on the score track