After two years of absence from the public spotlight, NEEDTOBREATH'S Bo Rinehart emerges as Coy Roy. Now Coy Roy has released his debut single "I'm Right Here." You can listen to the song HERE. In 2020, Rinehart announced that he would be stepping away from his co-founded band, Needtobreathe, after logging over 20 years of global touring and award-winning success.
Coy Roy writes, "I can't wait to share my journey with you and what I've learned from my lessons in the dark.I didn't have a plan. Nothing was in the works. I didn't leave to pursue making art. I've always made art. I didn't need to leave the band or my livelihood, my identity, or bandmates for that matter, in order to continue doing what I've always done. I had no plans on giving up the making of music. Music has saved my life at times. I am so grateful for music and writing, and making music is something that I don't think I could live without."
Rinehart's separation allowed him to dive inward and fully process the trauma of being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. This path to healing has led Rinehart to partner with the Davis House, a Franklin, TN local child advocacy center serving children and families affected by sexual or significant abuse as well as other traumatic events.
Throughout his hiatus, Rinehart has been investing his creative energy into his solo art rock album debut. "Listeners may be surprised by the distinctive sound of the new album," he says, "It is not designed to fit an established genre but rather to create new opportunities to convey deeper meanings of my story."
The music intends to take listeners alongside Coy Roy from places of darkness to the healing transformation that occurred during his time after leaving the band.
In addition to the artistic influences of Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, and Bon Iver, listeners can expect to see the visual elements that move in tandem with each song released to serve as the soundtrack for Rinehart's story. Coy Roy's music will open up a world of playfulness and wonder as Rinehart champions a reconnection with the inner child he left behind.
"I want to create music that you enjoy," Rinehart says, "but more importantly I want to create art that accurately conveys my experiences and offers a meaningful connection between us. I believe that great art is experienced in connection with the artist, more so than the art itself."