TROY - Troy University's University Activities Council will present its spring concert featuring NEEDTOBREATHE and special guest Ben Rector Friday, April 17 in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Student tickets are $15 and are available in the Trojan Center Food Court from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, while general public tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.ticketreturn.com.
Formed in Seneca, S.C. in 2002, NEEDTOBREATHE is made up of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, bassist Seth Bolt and drummer Joe Stillwell. The group was signed by Atlantic/Lava Records in 2005, and a year later released their debut full-length album, "Daylight." The debut release led to tours with Train, Collective Soul and Will Hoge before the group returned to the studio to record their follow-up album, "The Heat."
Released in 2007, "The Heat" helped establish the band as one of Christian rock's most successful newcomers, earning two Dove Award nominations. The group followed that success up with the release of "The Outsiders" in 2009. The album, which rose to No. 20 on the Billboard charts, resulted in three Dove Awards in 2010. The success of "The Outsiders" kept the group busy on the road over the next two years, including opening a series of North American stadium shows for Taylor Swift.
NEEDTOBREATHE released "The Reckoning" in 2011 and followed it up with their fifth studio-album, "Rivers in the Wasteland," in 2014.
A Tulsa, Okla. native, Ben Rector took piano lessons as a child but didn't begin his serious pursuit of music until high school when he began playing the guitar and writing songs. In 2006, Rector became the youngest person ever to win the Grand Prize in the pop category of the John Lennon Songwriting contest for his song, "Conversation," off of his self-titled EP.
Rector released his first full-length album, "Twenty Tomorrow," in 2008 and followed that up with "Songs That Duke Wrote" in 2009. His third studio album, "Into the Morning," reached No. 11 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Rector has performed with the likes of Five for Fighting, Train, The Script, Colbie Caillat and Lifehouse. His latest release, "The Walking in Between," released in 2013 debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart.