Needtobreathe is an American Christian rock band from Seneca, South Carolina The band is composed
of Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt.
Seneca, South Carolina, U.S.
Alternative rock, Christian rock, Southern rock
Joe Stilwel spoke on the meaning:
"The name comes from a story I heard on a youth retreat. It’s about the philosopher Socrates. He taught
several students by a small body of water. One of the students asked Socrates, "How do I know when I’m truly
seeking wisdom in my life?" Instead of answering the student, Socrates walked over to him and shoved the student’s
head underneath the water.
Socrates held him down until the student tried to force his way up for a breath.
Then he let him up. As the student tried to regain composure Socrates said, "When you desire for wisdom as much
as you need to breathe, that’s when you know you’re seeking it."
We need to seek God in that way, which is why we chose the name NEEDTOBREATHE for our band."
Bear Rinehart -
lead vocals, guitar, piano, organ, harmonica
Bo Rinehart -
lead guitar, banjo, mandolin, backing vocals
Seth Bolt -
bass, mandolin, backing vocals
Josh Lovelace -
keyboards, backing vocals
Randall Harris - Drums
(In July 2012, Joe Stillwell, the band's drummer for 13 years announced his decision to leave the band)
• Brothers Bear and Nathaniel Bryant "Bo" Rinehart were named after the University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant.
• The single, "Shine On" can be heard in the Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson movie "Employee of the Month."
• Bear’s favorite book of all time is "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck. His favorite Christian author is Donald Miller, "Blue Like Jazz.