The 12 Stones album was well received by both fans and
critics and hit sales of over 300,000. Their success in record sales
came largely through touring with big bands like Creed and 3 Doors Down.
As well, lead singer Paul McCoy made an appearance on Evanescence's
album, Fallen, which sold 12 million worldwide.
The group followed up their 12 Stones album with Potter's
Field in 2004. Because of the success of their first album, 12 Stones
was given complete freedom on Potter's Field and thus made it exactly
how they wanted it. They feel that is is all-around, a more complete
record because they know each other so much better and have learned
to work with one another. It may have a slightly different sound, they
say, but that is the sound they have wanted all along.
All four members of 12 Stones take part in songwriting,
as it is pretty much an all-the-time thing for them. They are constantly
messing around with ideas, and just go with whatever works, dumping
12 Stones feels its purpose is is to play positive music
that can connect with both Christians and non-Christians. "I grew up
Southern Baptist," says frontman Paul McCoy, "and as I've gone to churches
and youth groups, I've seen the same 50 people and it's become more
of a social gathering. Jesus hung out with liars, prostitutes and thieves.
If you have something good to say, tell the world. Don't be judgmental
about who you talk to. Learn to be yourself in any situation, no matter
who you are surrounded by. Putting yourself in that position to make
a difference is key. If you're not a Christian but like the music, it
would be awesome if you related to our lyrics. If you're a Christian
and you relate spiritually, that's amazing too. People enjoy the music
for different reasons and we want to be there for them so they can make
their own story from it-to really get it on a personal level where it
The group has a passion for playing for a crowd and love
the energy that is exchanged. They hope their music helps people know
they are not alone in this world, and that a brighter day will come.