12 Stones

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12 Stones
12 Stones in 2015
12 Stones in 2015
Background information
OriginMandeville, Louisiana, US
Years active2000–present
  • Paul McCoy
  • Eric Weaver
  • Sean Dunaway
  • Jon Rodriguez
Past members
  • Kevin Dorr
  • Stephen Poff
  • Pat Quave
  • Aaron Gainer
  • Greg Trammell
  • Justin Rimer
  • DJ Stange
  • Shawn Wade
  • Mike McManus
  • Brad Reynolds
  • Will Reed
  • Jody Linnell

12 Stones is an American hard rock band,[2][5] formed in 2000 in Mandeville, Louisiana, and currently consisting of Paul McCoy, Eric Weaver, Sean Dunaway, and Jon Rodriguez.


The band members met in Mandeville, Louisiana, a small city 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.[6]

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.[7][failed verification] The song Premiered on noisecreep on March 29, 2010.[8]

"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.[9] 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.[citation needed]

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."[10]

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.[11]

Their fifth studio album, Picture Perfect, was released on July 14, 2017.[12] The title track was premiered on Loudwire on June 14, 2017.[13]

Smoke and Mirrors, Volume 1, a five-song EP, was released on November 13, 2020.[14][better source needed]





  1. ^ 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 July 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "12 Stones 1st Release Features Nu-Metal Jam 'Broken'; Evanescence 'Bring Me to Life' Duet Becomes a Classic [Throwback Thursday]". April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  4. ^ 12 Stones – Picture Perfect (2017) "Album Release" "AllMusic.com" Retrieved on October 25, 2017
  5. ^ Jones, Jeremy (2012). "Beneath the Scars". Christianity Today. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Grammy Award Winners of 2004". The New York Times. February 9, 2004. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  7. ^ "New 12 Stones Single Due in April – tunelab". Tunelab.com. March 24, 2010. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "12 Stones, 'We Are One' – Song Premiere". Noisecreep. March 29, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "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 July 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "12 Stones Announce Departure from Wind-Up – tunelab". Tunelab.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  11. ^ "12 Stones Unleashing New Album 'Beneath the Scars' on May 22". Loudwire.com. February 22, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "NEW ALBUM "Picture Perfect" OUT JULY 14th!!". Facebook. May 3, 2017. Archived from the original on February 26, 2022. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "12 Stones, 'Picture Perfect' – Exclusive Video Premiere". Loudwire. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "Smoke and Mirrors Volume 1". www.amazon.com. Retrieved January 3, 2021.

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