Needtobreathe (also spelled as NEEDTOBREATHE) is an American 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 Joe Stillwell (drums, percussion). They have released two studio albums: Daylight (2006), and The Heat (2007).
Needtobreathe first began in 2000 by playing songs in front of mostly coffee house audiences at Furman University, where Bear was a standout wide receiver for the Furman Paladins football team. After graduation, Bear and Bo Rineheart and Joe Stillwell joined with Seth Bolt in 2002, releasing independent albums that were recorded in bassist Seth Bolt’s Old Plantation studio.
The band’s song “More Time” was featured in the soundtrack of the 2007 film “P.S. I Love You”, and numerous Needtobreathe songs have been used on television coverage and for movies. ESPN used the song “Streets of Gold” from The Heat during the network’s coverage of the 2007 Ford 400. The show “The Hills” used “We Could Run Away”. Fox TV promoted its Monday night lineup for the shows Prison Break and K-ville with the song “Nothing Left to Lose”. Fox Sports used “Don’t Wait for Daylight” during their coverage of the 2006 World Series. The song “Shine On” has seen the most uses, having been played on the MTV show “Newport Harbor”; “Oprah’s Big Give”; the movie “Employee of the Month”; and in 2008, the song featured in the WWE Tribute to the Troops special.