Sticky Bear was born Besufekad Tadesse in Washington, DC, in 1982. He began his learning of music at age six, where he played recorder and sang in the elementary school chorus. At age nine, he began learning the saxophone in a school music program, which put him on a journey towards many musical adventures.
Sticky Bear has been a member of the bands Sugoi and , most recently, Moonliscious. SB has played in all sorts of venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region and all over the world, from hot music spots in Baltimore to concert halls in Beijing. His most recent projects are with a new band (tentatively, the Sticky Bear Band) and as a studio musician on the Mosno al-Moseeki album, "Novella".