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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Tickets for the April 28 NEEDTOBREATHE concert at Gardner-Webb University’s Paul Porter Arena go on sale Monday, March 5, through  Tickets are $20 person, $15 each for groups of 10 or more, and $10 for GWU undergraduate day students.

Tickets can also be purchased in the Student Activities Box Office.  More information is available by calling Haley Pond at 704-406-4268.

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The idea of bringing NEEDTOBREATHE to Gardner-Webb was initiated last fall when students launched a social media campaign using YouTube videos, Twitter and Facebook marketing. The crusade caught the attention of NEEDTOBREATHE band members, and negotiations began with GWU Student Activities to secure a date.

Fresh off a tour with Grammy Award-winner Taylor Swift, NEEDTOBREATHE hails from Charleston, S.C.  The four-man band consists of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt and Joe Stilwell. Their knack for crowd-pleasing performances has made the band one of the most sought-after live acts on tour today.

The group has charted hits on mainstream rock and pop radio. They are currently promoting their 2011 release, “The Reckoning” (their 4th CD), which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.  Hit songs for NEEDTOBREATHE include, “Something Beautiful”,” More Time,” and “Lay ‘Em Down.”  Their music has been featured in such films as “P.S. I Love You,” and  “When In Rome,” as well as television networks like ESPN.  The group’s influences include U2, Wilco, Pearl Jam, and Tom Petty.

With their intriguing melodies and bright choruses, the songs on “The Reckoning” are certain to translate in the live setting, something that is crucial to the band. “We wanted to make an important record in the way that people used to make records. Bands rarely have the time that allows them to create a game-changing album like ‘Born to Run,’ ‘Rumours,’ or ‘Damn The Torpedoes.’ So we said, ‘Let’s set ourselves up to do that. Let’s believe in the songs enough that we’re willing to take the time they need and really push ourselves,’” said Bear.

NEEDTOBREATHE also champions the cause of Project Rescue, an international ministry that rescues thousands of women and children from trafficking and sex slavery.  Having begun in 1997 with the rescue of 32 children doomed to prostitution in Mumbai, India, Project Rescue currently operates havens in 11 Southern Asian and Eastern European cities.

Gardner-Webb will donate 50% of the concert’s ticket proceeds to Project Rescue.  The Offices of Community Engagement and Student Activities is also planning a week of activities, before the concert, devoted to raising awareness about Project Rescue’s ministry and the global problem of human trafficking.  Details about those events will be released soon.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University was founded in 1905 and is home to over 4,300 students from 37 states and 21 foreign countries.