Twelve South, a band based in Middle Tennessee, is comprised of five guys who love music and love God. Yet, they consider themselves a different kind of Christian band – one that isn’t afraid of dirty hands and digging in to do the work involved in God’s kingdom.
The members write songs about real-life situations and their pasts. They view themselves as a group of normal guys with God-given talents they are using together, reaching out to people through their lyrics. Their lyrics don’t have to be an obvious cry out to the lost, but the message is in all of their songs. They hope through the venues where they choose to perform and through their secular rock, pop and acoustic sound that they will begin to reach out to the world. They are simply Christians in a band with a mission to use their talent and music to help their fans dig deeper and uncover their hearts.
Twelve South began as a one-time gig. Alex was asked by a friend to perform for a church youth lock-in. Alex agreed on the condition he could find a band. He recruited from among fellow church members on praise teams, friends, and friends of friends. Out of this gig, three Twelve South members emerged. Alex, Jeremy and Scott all began to write together and stir around the idea of a band. With a friend as a temporary bassist, no drummer and waiting for an electric-guitar player to return from the Dominican Republic, they explored the avenues of playing together. They began playing shows with fill-in members and without keys since Scott was on drums until the lineup was set. They also began playing under the name Downpour, until confusion arose since the name was also a part of the Calvary Baptist Church college ministry. At this point the guys needed a name for their new band. They began to think of ideas, and after much deliberation, they found a solution. They wrote down words on pieces of paper and threw them in a baseball cap. They picked the words out two at a time. “Twelve” and “South” were the first two picked. Shortly after realizing that "Twelve South" was as good as it was going to get, they decided to leave the name drawing and keep the new name.
As the summer of 2009 came to an end, Wes returned and agreed to play electric guitar with the guys, and Matt returned from his summer tour and agreed to play bass. Scott was still playing drums for the band as they began to book gigs. They tried out numerous drummers at practices, even one drummer they found on craigslist. They all agreed he had the talent, but the timing for the drummer just wasn’t going to work out, and Scott continued to play.
In November 2009, Twelve South played at Rocketown with SONICFLOOd, David Upton and Messenger. This really focused the band members, and later that month, they recorded their EP, still with Scott playing drums and keys. As the holidays passed, and the band came back together for practices, they knew they were determined to find a drummer. Alex called back John the drummer from craigslist. He still had no gig and Alex asked him to come to another practice. John entered the picture and returned for another Twelve South practice – and he was impressed with the band’s progress in such a short time. Thus, the band became six-members strong and faced a new year ahead.
In February 2010, the band released its self-titled EP. Twelve South won the 102.9 the Buzz Battle of the Bands competition in April and has also been featured on the radio numerous times since then. "I would definitely say we are picking up speed." Says the bands lead singer Alex Belew. The band plans on playing out as much as possible in the coming months and they are returning to the studio late June. They have recently partnered with Fastrax entertainment and they are working hard to book/market and manage 12S. With so many great things on the horizon the guys keep pushing forward and writing new songs. Playing venues such as the Exit In, Rocketown, 12th & Porter, The Muse, The Rutledge and many churches, the band is earning more and more credibility and their fan base continues to grow. "We can't wait to see what God has in store for us in the next couple of months and years."
The band most recently finished recording 3 new songs at Castle Studios in Franklin Tn. These songs are being used by Fastrax Entertainment to pitch the band to different labels around the Nashville area. Singer Alex Belew's thoughts on the band are "God has really blessed us more than we could have imagined. It's truly amazing to see how much has happened in the last year. It's more than any of us deserve." Stay tuned for what's going to happen with these guys in the near future.