Needtobreathe is an eccentric young rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. They have reached the charts by way of mainstream rock/pop, but have had their greatest number of singles on Christian music charts. While enrolled at Furman University, Bear (lead vocals,guitar,piano)—besides being an excellent wide receiver (he won the 2002 Banks McFadden trophy for South Carolina football player of the year) — moonlighted as a vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, even finding time to perform around campus with longtime friend and drummer Joe Stillwell. Meanwhile, Bo (backing vocals, guitar) studied architecture at Clemson University while playing guitar in his spare time, and he and bassist Seth Bolt joined the Bear/Stillwell duo to form Needtobreathe.
Seth Bolt had received a degree in recording engineering at Full Sail University, and the band honed its sound while recording several EPs at Bolt’s Plantation Studios. A strenuous tour of Southeastern and Midwestern America followed. The hard work paid off when Needtobreathe came to the attention of Atlantic Records/Lava Records, who signed the band in 2005. A debut full-length album, Daylight, arrived one year later, having been recorded in British Heliocentric Studios with Keane producer Andy Green. Tours with Train, Collective Soul, Will Hoge, and Taylor Swift kept the guys busy throughout the year, and they returned to the studio in December to begin work on their follow-up.
The Heat was released in August 2007 spawning several singles and earning two Dove Award nominations. The band’s third album, The Outsiders was released on August 25, 2009, peaking at #20 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Hot Christian Albums. The first single for the album, “Lay ‘Em Down”, peaked at #4 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. The single “Something Beautiful” peaked at #12 on the Triple A chart and #6 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. “Hurricane” peaked at #29 on the Alternative chart. The title song of the album, “The Outsiders”, peaked at #11 on the Triple A chart.