Bear Rinehart, born on June 15, 1981, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Grammy-nominated rock band, Needtobreathe. With his powerful vocals and captivating stage presence, Rinehart has earned a devoted following and has also ventured into a successful solo career under the name Wilder Woods.
Hailing from Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, Rinehart grew up in a musical family. His father, a pastor, introduced him to the world of gospel music, which had a profound influence on his musical journey. Rinehart and his brother, Bo, formed Needtobreathe in 1998, initially as a Christian rock band. Over the years, they have evolved their sound, incorporating elements of rock, folk, and pop, and gaining recognition for their heartfelt lyrics and energetic performances.
Needtobreathe released their debut album, "Daylight," in 2006, which featured the hit single "Shine On." The album received critical acclaim and established the band's reputation for their passionate and authentic sound. They went on to release several successful albums, including "The Outsiders" (2009), "The Reckoning" (2011), and "Rivers in the Wasteland" (2014), all of which achieved commercial success and cemented their place in the music industry.
In addition to his work with Needtobreathe, Rinehart also pursued a solo project under the moniker Wilder Woods. The name was inspired by his children's middle names, Wilder and Woods. In 2019, he released his self-titled debut album, which showcased a different side of his artistry. The album featured a blend of soul, R&B, and pop influences, highlighting Rinehart's versatility as a musician. Songs like "Supply & Demand" and "Sure Ain't" received critical acclaim and showcased his ability to deliver heartfelt and soulful performances.
Rinehart's solo venture allowed him to explore new creative avenues and connect with his audience on a deeper level. In an interview with Substream Magazine, he explained that the Wilder Woods project allowed him to "dig into a different side of [his] soul and bring it to life."
Throughout his career, Rinehart has received several accolades for his contributions to music. Needtobreathe has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Their album "Rivers in the Wasteland" also topped the Billboard Christian Albums chart.
In 2021, Rinehart released his second Wilder Woods album, "Feather & Stone," which further showcased his growth as a solo artist. The album features introspective and introspective lyrics, accompanied by soulful melodies and his signature powerhouse vocals. Songs like "Thinking 'Bout Love" and "Supply & Demand" resonated with listeners, further solidifying Rinehart's status as a talented singer-songwriter.
In addition to his studio work, Rinehart is known for his dynamic live performances. He has captivated audiences with his energy and passion on stage, whether performing with Needtobreathe or as Wilder Woods. His ability to connect with the audience and convey the emotions behind his music has made him a fan favorite at festivals and concerts around the world.
Bear Rinehart's musical journey has been filled with success, growth, and artistic exploration. From his beginnings with Needtobreathe to his solo project as Wilder Woods, he has consistently pushed boundaries and shared his authentic self through his music. With his powerful vocals and heartfelt songwriting, Rinehart continues to inspire and connect with listeners, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry.