Needtobreathe has become one of the most popular pop rock and Christian rock acts in the country and have achieved critical and commercial success after getting a humble start on college stages in the South. Needtobreathe combines brothers Bear and Nathaniel "Bo" Rineheart, who were raised in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, by their pastor father who ran a church camp. Their religious background informs much of their music and fans are drawn to their intriguing melodies and bright and catchy choruses.
After longtime friend and drummer Joe Stillwell and bassist Seth Bolt signed on, Needtobreathe was formed in the early 2000s. The band capitalized on their rigorous touring schedule and signed with Atlantic Records in 2005. Their first full-length album, Daylight, was released in 2006 and the band toured extensively with acts like Train, Collective Soul and Will Hoge to reach new audiences. With successful singles like "You Are Here," the band had the confidence to hit the ground running when they re-entered the studio to record their second album.
In 2007, Needtobreathe released their sophomore record, The Heat, which not only proved to be more successful on the charts but would gain a new legion of fans from Christian rock audiences. The album's single, "Washed By The Water," surged to No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Songs charts and two of the tracks were nominated for Dove Awards, the Christian and gospel equivalent of the Grammy Awards.
After becoming the biggest Christian rock newcomers in the business, Needtobreathe's third album, The Outsiders, was a commercial smash. The record went into uncharted territory for the band, allowing them to experiment with airy, flowing melodies that were reminiscent of rock gods like Coldplay and Radiohead. The album's singles "Something Beautiful" and "Lay 'Em Down" would both climb into the Top 10 Billboard Christian Song charts and further establish the band as a force in contemporary music.
Needtobreathe expanded its audience even more when they became the opening act on Taylor Swift's Speak Now 2011 Tour, which has become one of the largest-grossing acts in history. With their fourth album on the way, a legion of adoring fans and a refreshing new take on modern rock, Needtobreathe looks to be a factor on the Christian and pop music scenes for the foreseeable future.