Brother (Needtobreathe song)

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"Brother"
Brother (Official Single Cover) by NEEDTOBREATHE.png
Single by Needtobreathe
from the album Rivers in the Wasteland
Released February 2, 2015 (2015-02-02)
Format
Genre
Length 4:51 (Album version)
3:28 (featuring Gavin DeGraw)
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Bear Rinehart
  • Bo Rineheart
Producer(s)
Needtobreathe singles chronology
"Multiplied"
(2014)
"Brother"
(2015)
"Happiness"
(2016)

"Multiplied"
(2014)
"Brother"
(2015)
"Happiness"
(2016)

"Brother" is a song by American Christian rock band Needtobreathe. It was released as the fifth single from Rivers in the Wasteland on February 2, 2015.[1] The official single version features Gavin DeGraw and was released to Hot AC radio on May 4, 2015.[2] The song was written by Bear and Bo Rinehart, and produced by Dave Tozer, using elements of Ed Cash's LP version.[3] The song peaked at number 8 on Billboard Hot Rock Songs, number 1 on Billboard Hot Christian Songs, and number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first chart entry, and highest peak on the chart.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly's Madison Vain stated "[Brother] is full, anthemic, a little bit woodsy, and alarmingly catchy." and claimed that "[Bear Rinehart's] sincerity is unmistakable in his vocals, and the bluegrass backing culminates in something sweetly rich."[5] Pailey Martin of Billboard called it a "heartfelt track."[6] BreatheCast's Jeannie Law said it was an "unforgettable collaboration" and that "[Bear Rinehart's] raw vocals, and the bluegrass backing truly make the song a powerful anthem."[7] Jeff Koch of PopMatters called it "cheesy" and said that "[Brother] is practically begging to be used in the background of some Grey’s Anatomy montage."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Brother"4:49
Digital download and vinyl[1]
No.TitleLength
1."Brother" (featuring Gavin DeGraw)3:28
2."Brother" (Acoustic)3:35
Digital download[10]
No.TitleLength
1."Brother" (Radio Version)3:29

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014–15) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 98
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 20
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[13] 8
US Christian Airplay (Billboard)[14] 5
US Christian Digital (Billboard)[15] 1
US Hot Christian Songs (Billboard)[16] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States April 11, 2014 Digital download [9]
February 2, 2015
[1][18]
May 4, 2015 Hot AC Radio [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "iTunes Store (US) - Music - NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother - Single". iTunes Store (US). February 2, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Exclusive Mediabase Analysis From All Access - AllAccess.com". AllAccess Media Group. May 4, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  3. ^ Album liner notes
  4. ^ "Billboard - Artists - Needtobreathe - Chart History - The Hot 100". Billboard. July 25, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Vain, Madison (January 29, 2015). "NEEDTOBREATHE Drops Gavin DeGraw Collaboration 'Brother' - Exclusive Premiere". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Martin, Paley (August 26, 2015). "NEEDTOBREATHE & Gavin DeGraw Share Acoustic 'Brother' & 'Behind The Song' Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Law, Jeannie (January 29, 2015). "Gavin DeGraw Collaborated With Christian Band NEEDTOBREATHE On Song 'Brother' [Listen Here]". BreatheCast. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Koch, Jeff (May 21, 2014). "NEEDTOBREATHE: Rivers In The Wasteland Review". PopMatters. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "iTunes Store (US) - Music - NEEDTOBREATHE - Rivers In The Wasteland - Brother". iTunes Store (US). April 11, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "iTunes Store (US) - Music - Various Artists - WOW Hits 2016 - NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother". iTunes Store (US). September 25, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "Needtobreathe Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Needtobreathe Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "Needtobreathe Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  14. ^ "Needtobreathe Chart History (Christian Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  15. ^ "Billboard - Artists - Needtobreathe - Chart History - Christian Digital Songs". Billboard. February 21, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  16. ^ "Billboard - Artists - Needtobreathe - Chart History - Hot Christian Songs". Billboard. May 30, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – NEEDTOBREATHE – Brother". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 20, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ "NEEDTOBREATHE - Brother (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. February 2, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2016.