Raised up in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina USA, the sons of an Assembly
of God pastor, brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart developed an early enthusiasm
for music, learning piano from their mom, then moving on to guitar in
After graduation, the two brothers returned home to Seneca, in South Carolina. In 1999, with Bear Rinehart assuming the role of singer + guitarist & pianist, Bo Rinehart on guitar, Seth Bolt on bass and Joe Stillwell on drums together, the line-up of this modern Southern Pop-Rock band was in place and Needtobreathe was born.
After signing with Atlantic/Lava Records in spring 2005, the group traveled
to England to track their first album; the group penetrate the Christian
music industry with their debut disc, "Daylight"; the album,
which featured 11 tracks including the Hot Adult Top 40 hit single "You
Are Here", was released in April 2006.
They toured nearly non-stop following the album's release criss-crossing America as headliners as well as supporting such artists as Train, Jars Of Clay, Edwin McCain and Collective Soul, the latter of whose frontman Ed Roland shared producing credits on the band's next album.
"The Heat" arrived in August 2007, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and reaching the #164 position on The Billboard 200; it included two singles: "More Time", that spent one week in the lower reaches of the Canadian Hot 100 and the U.S. Christian chart-topper "Washed By The Water".
Their next album, "The Outsiders", released in August 2009, hit #20 on The Billboard Top 200, their best chart placing to date. The set's main single, "Something Beautiful", earned significant praise from the Christian community climbing into the top 10 of the U.S. Christian chart and also inched into the top 40 of the Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart. The follow-up single, "Hurricane", peaked at #31 on The Alternative Songs chart.
September 2011 saw the release of "The Reckoning" which hit #1 on the Top Christian Albums chart and peaked at #6 on The Billboard 200. The first single from the album was the Hot Christian Songs top 30 hit "Slumber" and the follow-up, "Drive All Night", climbed into the top 20 of the Adult Alternative Singles chart.
Needtobreathe have targeted April 15, 2014, as the release date for their new record: "Rivers In The Wasteland".