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Needtobreathe performing in October 2008. Left to right: Bo Rinehart, Joe Stillwell, Bear Rinehart, Seth Bolt.
Background information
Origin Seneca, South Carolina, U.S.
Genres Christian rock, Southern rock, country rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Atlantic, Word, Sparrow
Members Bear Rinehart
Bo Rinehart
Seth Bolt
Josh Lovelace
Past members Joe Stillwell

Needtobreathe (stylised as NEEDTOBREATHE) is an American Christian/rock band from Seneca, South Carolina[1] The band is composed of Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Bo Rinehart (backing vocals, guitar), Seth Bolt (backing vocals, bass) & Josh Lovelace (backing vocals, keys). They have released five studio albums: Daylight (2006), The Heat (2007), The Outsiders (2009), The Reckoning (2011), and Rivers in the Wasteland (2014).[2]


Brothers William Stanley "Bear" Rinehart III and Nathaniel Bryant "Bo" Rinehart were raised in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, and later moved to Seneca where they started performing.[3][4] The brothers first performed in front of mostly coffee house audiences at Furman University, where Bear, who was named after University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, was a standout wide receiver for the Furman Paladins football team, winning the 2002 Banks McFadden trophy for South Carolina football player of the year.[5] After graduation, Bear, Bo and Joe Stillwell joined with Seth Bolt in 2002, releasing independent albums that were recorded in bassist Seth Bolt's Plantation Studios.[6]

Having studied recording engineering at Full Sail University, Bolt's own Plantation Studios was home to the band while recording EPs. In 2001, the band independently released an eleven-song album, The Feature.[citation needed] In 2004, they followed with two four-song EPs: Fire and Turnaround.[citation needed] These, coupled with touring brought the band to the attention of Lava Records owned by Universal Music Group and who signed the band in 2005.[3][4]


After signing with both Atlantic Records and Sparrow Records, the band went to the UK to record their first studio album, Daylight, with producer Andy Green.[7] Its first radio single "You Are Here", previously released on the Fire EP in 2004, was released early in 2006.[7] Just prior to their debut release, the band was featured on the cover of CCM Magazine—an unprecedented new artist endorsement by the national publication.[8] Daylight was then released on April 4, 2006.[9]

The Heat[edit]

Brothers Bo and Bear Rinehart in September 2007

Needtobreathe started pre-production for their second studio album The Heat in late 2006 at Seth Bolt's Old Plantation studio.[10] In the beginning of 2007, the band started a six-month recording period at both Rick Beato's Black Dog Studio in their hometown Seneca and Ed Roland's Tree Sounds in Atlanta.[10][11] The Heat was then released on August 28, 2007 through Atlantic Records and Word Entertainment.[12]

In 2008, Needtobreathe was nominated for two Dove Awards at the 39th annual GMA Dove Awards. Their song "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)" received a nomination for "Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year", and The Heat was nominated for "Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year".[13] In 2009, Needtobreathe's song "Washed by the Water" was nominated and won the Dove Award for "Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year" at the 40th annual GMA Dove Awards.

Marisa Brown, writing both at AllMusic and Billboard, has referenced this album in helping to "establish the band as one of Christian rock's most successful newcomers."[3][4]

"More Time" was included on the soundtrack for the 2007 film P.S. I Love You.

The Outsiders[edit]

The band's third album, The Outsiders was released on August 25, 2009,[14] peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Hot Christian Albums. The first single for the album, "Lay 'Em Down", peaked at No. 4 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. The single "Something Beautiful" peaked at No. 12 on the Triple A chart and No. 6 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. "Hurricane" peaked at No. 29 on the Alternative chart, their first success at Alternative radio. The title song of the album, "The Outsiders", peaked at No. 11 on the Triple A chart.

The Reckoning[edit]

The album The Reckoning was released on September 20, 2011, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.[15] "Slumber" was the album's first single and peaked at No. 26 on the Christian rock charts while "Drive All Night" is the album's second single.[citation needed]

Prove the Poets Wrong[edit]

"Prove the Poets Wrong" is a film by Eric Ryan Anderson released on December 17, 2013 on YouTube.[16] It chronicles their Spring and Summer 2013 Tours, line up changes and revisits their origins as a band.

Rivers in the Wasteland[edit]

Rivers in the Wasteland was released on April 15, 2014.[17] For the Billboard charting week of May 3, 2014, Rivers in the Wasteland debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart, No. 1 Rock Album,[18] and No. 6 on the Canadian Albums Chart,[19] selling 49,000 copies in its first week.[18]

Originally set to be titled "Wasteland",[20] "Rivers in the Wasteland" takes its name from Isaiah 43:19 "For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.". They are currently still on the "Rivers in the Wasteland" tour.

Band members[edit]

Touring members[edit]

  • Randall Harris – drums
Former members
  • Joe Stillwell – drums
  • David Leonard (formerly of Jackson Waters, now of All Sons & Daughters; touring member only) – keyboards

In July 2012, Joe Stillwell, the band's drummer for 13 years, announced his decision to leave the band.[25]



GMA Dove Awards[26]
Year Award Result
2008 Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Signature of Divine") Nominated
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year (The Heat) Nominated
2009 Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Washed by the Water") Won
2010 Group of the Year Won
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Lay 'Em Down") Won
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year (The Outsiders) Won
2011 Group of the Year Won
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Something Beautiful") Won
2012 Group of the Year Won
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Slumber") Won
Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year (The Reckoning) Won
2013 Short Form Video ("Keep Your Eyes Open") Nominated
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Keep Your Eyes Open") Won


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