Biography

Band Members
Bear Rinehart lead vocals, guitar, piano
Bo Rinehart backing vocals, guitar
Seth Bolt backing vocals, bass
Josh Lovelace backing vocals, keys
Needtobreathe (stylized as NEEDTOBREATHE) is an American Christian rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. The band is composed of Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Bo Rinehart (backing vocals, guitar), Seth Bolt (backing vocals, bass) and 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).

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. The brothers first performed in front of coffee house audiences at Furman University, where Bear, who was named after University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, was a wide receiver for the Furman Paladins football team, winning the 2002 Banks McFadden trophy for South Carolina football player of the year. After graduation, Bear, Bo and Joe Stillwell joined with Seth Bolt, releasing independent albums that were recorded in Bolt’s Plantation Studios.
In 2001, the band independently released an eleven-song album, The Feature. needed In 2004, they followed with two four-song EPs: Fire and Turnaround. These brought the band to the attention of Lava Records, owned by Universal Music Group, who signed the band in 2005.

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. Its first radio single “You Are Here”, previously released on the Fire EP in 2004, was released early in 2006. 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. Daylight was released on April 4, 2006.