Charlotte, N.C. – Platinum recording group 12 Stones will open each ACC Network telecast of the 2011 ACC men’s basketball tournament. 12 Stones single “We Are One” will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each game.
Hailing from Mandeville, LA, 12 Stones is one of the most dedicated, hard-working bands of the last decade. With a massive fan base and a non-stop work ethic, 12 Stones has signed a new deal with EMG/ Fontana / Universal and is hard at work on their 4th album, due out in 2011. The band is made up of Paul McCoy, Eric Weaver, Justin Rimer and Michael McManusis.
In their 10-year career, 12 Stones has sold over 2 million singles and albums collectively, won a Grammy Award for front man Paul McCoy’s contribution to the single “Bring Me To Life” from Evanescence (which went on to sell a 14 million albums worldwide and 3 million singles in the US), and have received multiple GMA Dove Nominations for their singles “Broken” and “Lie To Me”. The band’s current EP “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” debuted at #2 on the iTunes Rock Album chart and #6 overall on iTunes. For more details, please visit www.12stones.com
12 Stones joins a star-studded list of performers featured in Raycom football and basketball telecasts over the years, including Rascal Flatts, Three Days Grace, Brooks & Dunn, Daughtry, Sugarland, David Cook, Alison Krauss, Lil’ Mama, T-Pain and Ricky Skaggs.
“12 Stones delivers a song that exemplifies the heart of competition in the ACC Tournament,” said Raycom Sports producer Dave Barringer, who created the opening sequence. “The song brings into focus the importance of teamwork and dedication to one common goal. That is vital to every team as they compete for the prestigious ACC Championship. It really is a song that will set the tone for fans and get them ready for each exciting game.”
Barringer speaks from experience. He and fellow producer Jeremy Williams have been honored with a combined five Regional Sports Emmys for their work on openings for live sporting events.
Raycom Sports, based in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the leading independent syndicators in the nation. Raycom owns the television rights to ACC basketball and syndicated television rights to ACC football.
Raycom Media, parent company of Raycom Sports, owns 44 television stations, covering over 12% of the U.S. and is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.
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