Charleston, South Carolina
"We're from a small town in South Carolina called Possum Kingdom," NeedToBreathe frontman Bear Rinehart explains when asked about the place he and his younger brother/co-writer Bo were raised. "Trust me - there was absolutely no music scene there."
And, though he makes light of it, the relative isolation that came with growing up in such an environment must have played some part in fostering the independent-minded approach the Rinehart boys would later bring to their band
The sons of an Assembly of God pastor, Bear and Bo Rinehart had inherited their father's gift with words, and put it to good use in their songwriting; their mother taught piano, making music a constant part of their young lives.
Formed in 1999, NeedToBreathe (with childhood friends Joe Stillwell and Seth Bolt) built an impressive regional following, playing throughout the Southeast. Along the way, they sold more than 15,000 copies of their self-released EP's, recorded by Seth, who had earned a degree in record engineering.
And it is truly magic when the four members of NeedToBreathe take the stage. The band has honed their live show the old-fashioned way - putting in the time, spending years on the road.
The group celebrates their fourth album release with The Reckoning, set to release September 20 and is currently on tour with Taylor Swift for her Speak Now Tour in the fall of 2011.