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12 Stones Biography

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Birth Place: Mandeville, Louisiana, USA
Years Active: 2000 - present
Genres: Post-grunge

12 Stones is a hard rock band that consists of vocalist Paul McCoy, guitarist Eric Weaver, drummer Aaron Gainer, and bassist Will Reed. The band formed in 2000 in Mandeville, Louisiana, shortly after graduating high school. After playing just 12 shows, 12 Stones were signed to Wind-up Records.

2002 saw 12 Stones release their self-titled debut album which spawned the popular songs, “My Life,” “Home,” “Running out of Pain” and “Back Up.” 2004 marked the release of the band’s second album, “Potter’s Field,” which included the tracks “Shadows,” “Photograph” and “Let Go.”

The band gained more recognition after lead vocalist McCoy was featured on the single “Bring Me to Life” from Evanescence’s debut album, “Fallen.” In 2004 the song won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

2007 saw the release of their third album, “Anthem for the Underdog.” The first two singles off the album, “Lie to Me” and “Anthem for the Underdog” charted within the Top 30 on Billboard’s Rock Tracks chart. Additionally, the single, “It Was You,” peaked within the Top 10 on the Billboard Christian Rock chart.

2010 saw 12 Stones release the EP, “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday,” and the band’s departure from Wind-up Records. 2012 saw the band sign with Executive Music Group and released their debut full length for the label, “Beneath the Scars,” which include the hits, “Infected,” “Worlds Collide” and “Bulletproof.”