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12 Stones
12 Stones
12 Stones at Al Udeid Air Base.JPG
12 Stones plays for service members at Al Udeid Air Base in 2015
Background information
Origin Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S.
Labels Wind-up, Executive Music Group, Cleopatra[4]
Website 12stones.com
  • Paul McCoy
  • Eric Weaver
  • Sean Dunaway
  • Kevin Dorr
  • Pat Quave
  • Aaron Gainer
  • Greg Trammell
  • Justin Rimer
  • DJ Stange
  • Shawn Wade
  • Mike McManus
  • Brad Reynolds
  • Will Reed
  • David Troia

12 Stones is an American Christian[2][5]post-grunge band that was formed in 2000 in Mandeville, Louisiana. The band currently consists of Paul McCoy, Eric Weaver, David Troia and Sean Dunaway.


The four band members met in Mandeville, Louisiana, a small suburb north of New Orleans, and within 15 months were signed to a record deal with Wind-up Records. Lead vocalist Paul McCoy was featured in the Evanescence single "Bring Me to Life", released in 2003, which later went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2004.

Songs from the band have appeared in various films and TV shows. "My Life", from their self-titled album, was featured on the soundtrack of the 2002 film The Scorpion King. "Broken" (also from the self-titled album) served as the official theme song for WWE's WWE Judgment Day pay-per-view in May 2002. "Home" (also from the self-titled album) was the song used for the WWE Desire video for Kurt Angle. "Shadows", from Potter's Field, was used in a trailer for the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. "Photograph" (also from Potter's Field) appeared on the soundtrack of the 2005 film Elektra. The band also recorded the song "Let Go" exclusively for the Daredevil movie soundtrack. Songs "Running out of Pain" and "Back Up" were used on Cheating Death, Stealing Life - The Eddie Guerrero Story.

In November 2009, the band recorded their fourth studio album, with producer David Bendeth. "We Are One", the first single from the new album, was released on April 6.[6] The song Premiered on noisecreep[7] on March 29, 2010, the very same day being leaked to radio by WBSX (97.9X) in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

It was later announced that, despite the band's original intent to record a full-length album, they would instead be releasing an EP titled The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday which would feature the single "We Are One". The reasoning behind why the band only released an EP even though they had recorded a complete album's worth of material was never fully explored or explained.

Recently, "We Are One" was used by WWE as the theme song for the renegade faction formed by the NXT first season graduates known as The Nexus. The song also was used as the opening to each ACC Network telecast of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament.[8] The Washington Capitals hockey team also used the song in the 2010-11 NHL season video played at the start of their home games in the Verizon Center.[]

On August 24, 2010, the band announced that they were leaving Wind-Up after nine years, stating "We felt it was time for a change. We have a vision for this band that we feel is best pursued elsewhere." [9] On December 30, 2010, 12 Stones announced via Twitter and Facebook that they planned to release a new, full-length album in 2011.[]

12 Stones then signed a record deal with Executive Music Group. The band released their new album Beneath the Scars on May 22, 2012 to digital retailers, however it wasn't released to stores until May 29, 2012.[10]

On March 2, 2016 12 Stones announced that they have signed a record deal with Cleopatra Records, and have started working on a new album.[11][12]

On May 17, 2016, the band announced that they will be taking part in the Make America Rock Again super tour.[13][better source needed]

On May 2, 2017, the band announced that they were producing their fifth studio album, Picture Perfect, which was released on July 14, 2017. [14] The title track was premiered on Loudwire on June 14, 2017. [15]





  1. ^ a b Charismatic Lee delivers a wallop in Evanescence's punch "Reach 454 and 12 Stones performed take-notice sets of alt-metal crunch melded with surprisingly memorable hooks." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 22, 2003. Retrieved February 18, 2013. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry. "12 Stones". MusicMight. Archived from the original ((Band bio)) on October 5, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ BreatheCast (April 2, 2015). "12 Stones 1st Release Features Nu-Metal Jam 'Broken'; Evanescence 'Bring Me to Life' Duet Becomes a Classic [Throwback Thursday]". Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ 12 Stones - Picture Perfect (2017) "Album Release" "AllMusic.com" Retrieved on Oct. 25, 2017
  5. ^ Jones, Jeremy (2012). "Beneath the Scars". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "New 12 Stones Single Due In April - tunelab(TM)". Tunelab.com. March 24, 2010. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ "12 Stones, 'We Are One' - Song Premiere". Noisecreep. March 29, 2010. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "12 Stones and Raycom Sports Team Up for 2011 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament". Raycom Sports. February 25, 2011. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "12 Stones Announce Departure from Wind-Up - tunelab(TM)". Tunelab.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ "12 Stones Unleashing New Album 'Beneath the Scars' on May 22". Loudwire.com. February 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ "12 Stones announcing deal with Cleopatra Records on Facebook". Facebook. 12 Stones. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ "12 Stones announcing deal with Cleopatra Records on Twitter". Twitter. 12 Stones. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "Make America Rock Again! - Official website for the Make America Rock Again tour". Make America Rock Again!. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "NEW ALBUM "Picture Perfect" OUT JULY 14th!!". Facebook. May 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "12 Stones, 'Picture Perfect' - Exclusive Video Premiere". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017. 

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