World Rock Countdown Exclusive: Paul Mccoy, 12 Stones

World Rock Countdown Exclusive: Paul Mccoy, 12 Stones

When someone mentions the 12 Stones, it may not ring a bell for most internationally, but this band really can kick it.  Paul Mccoy (frontman) found success with his collaboration on the Evanescence breakout single “Bring Me To Life.”

Paul goes uncredited for doing guest vocals on this amazing song. It won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2004, Single of the Year at the 14th Annual Billboard Music Awards, and Choice Music Rock Track at the Teen Choice Awards in 2004.

Did I mention it was ranked number 69 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s? how fitting 🙂

Good things happen to those who seize the opportunities shown in front of them. If Paul wasn’t in the label execs office when this collaboration became topic of conversation, I personally believe that this would have never happened. But things happen for a reason, it was destined for him and a perfect fit. After the label offered the guest spot on “Bring Me To Life” to Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) and Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) who both passed on this opportunity, the phone rang for Paul to come to Los Angeles to track.  It all happened in 24 hours, actually the tracking of the song for Paul took 2 hours. He flew into LA, tracked, and flew back to play a show the same day he found out he was going to guest on what would be Evanescence’s breakout song.

Check out our interview with Paul below..

For those readers who don’t know you already, tell us shortly about the history “12 Stones”. How did you start up as a band?

We started this band because we love music. We were lucky enough to get enough attention that we were able to make this a career. Right place, right time, right people.

How would you like to describe your music?

We describe our music as positive, heavy, real music.

Where do you get the inspiration for composing melodies and writing lyrics? Which other musicians have influenced you?

Our inspiration comes from every day life. Our music is organic in the sense that the songs almost write themselves. Sometimes we have music that we love that just sits there for years until the right words and melody come along.

The artists that have influenced us range from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Silverchair. We come from all different types of musical backgrounds.

You have often been portrayed in the media as a “Christian” band, although this seems to be a misunderstanding. Anyway, is there a particular message that you would like to promote through your music?

A few of us come from religious backgrounds and have written songs about our lives. We have never been a “Christian” band but we also know that music is subjective. 2 people could be in the same room listening to the same song and get 2 completely different things from the exact same song. We want people to listen to our music and take away something positive from what we’ve done. Life isn’t easy but it helps to know that there are so many people going through similar situations.

You took part in the “Make America rock again” tour, which is an obvious wordplay on Donald Trumps “Make America great again”. America seems to be quite a divided nation nowadays, do you think your music can contribute to unifying the nation again?

Music is therapy. Music is an escape. Music makes bad days better and reminds us that we are all human. I don’t know where I’d be without music in my life. That’s why we’ve continued to make music after 17 years. A good song is a good song. I have shown people songs that have shaped my life and they didn’t get the same thing out of it. Until we all start taking care of each other regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference we will never be “great”. We all need to wake up every day and be happy that we have another moment to

You’ve got to check out their newest album Lerlene – we featured it a few months ago on our show. Dive in:

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