Needtobreathe keeps the faith and the groove
Although South Carolina rock band Needtobreathe has racked up numerous honors from the Christian-focused Dove Awards and has its albums frequently place at the top of the Billboard Christian chart, the band members have never wanted to limit themselves to the “Christian rock” label. They went out of their way to sign with a mainstream record label, Atlantic, when they started building a fan base with their early independent releases. And while the band’s most recent album, 2016’s Hard Love, may have topped the Christian charts, it also debuted at No. 2 on the overall Billboard album chart.
Over the years, Needtobreathe have toured with other faith-leaning artists, like Switchfoot and Third Day, but have also spent time opening for superstars like Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, demonstrating their broad appeal, not only across religions, but also across genres, from rock to alternative and country. Spirituality runs through the band’s songs, but they’ve never been interested in preaching to their audience or excluding any potential listeners. “Religion can be polarizing, but music is what brings us all together,” bassist Seth Bolt told Rolling Stone in 2016, and Needtobreathe’s music is all about bringing people together.
The Pearl at Palms, 8 p.m. April 6, starting at $34.95 plus tax and fee. 702.944.3200