12 The Band

12 The Band

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Biography

When you look through the portal into Caribbean music, 12 The Band is a shining star.

Bringing sun and sea to rock music, the band has been described as Radiohead meets Dave Matthews band meets Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. 12 has been the driving force behind Trinidad’s underground sound for the last decade.

Founder/Lead Singer Sheldon Holder’s real world view and lyrical introspect combined with the band’s sonic allure have entranced fans at home and abroad. The live shows are a hot topic and have received rave reviews in the London Telegraph, Jamaica Observer, and the Trinidad Guardian to name a few.

Hits like Carnival, Imagination and Prosper are the foundation of the band’s iconic status and have also been the substance of many an encore.

12 has been promoting their debut album Sts and Aves throughout the Caribbean, North America, and Europe, supporting acts like David Rudder, 3 Canal, and The Mighty Sparrow, as well as The Dirty Heads and Mishka.

In the field of Caribbean Rock Music, 12 is a flower that is in radiant bloom.

At present, 12 is seeking performance opportunities in Toronto, Canada. Sheldon Holder, who was born in Canada, has returned in an effort to increase the band’s fan base and exposure.

More Information About 12 The Band

The dawn of the new millennium saw the formation of 12 the band, by lead singer and songwriter Sheldon Holder.

12's eclectic brand of music fuses elements of Calypso, Jazz, Reggae, and Rock, and has earned them an enthusiastic following in their hometown of Trinidad and Tobago.

Their uniquely themed shows at some of the hippest venues have cemented their reputation among Trinidad's discerning music crowd.

12 has also created a distinctive artist space at their rehearsal rooms called Conversations in the Yard where poets, bands, painters and Djs exchange ideas and link with others in their field.

Art and Culture is usually the means by which people inspire and elevate themselves. It is also the means by which a society articulates its needs and provokes social conscience.

12's music can influence minds and hearts, foster love, create change, and is a powerful spiritual force. The key to life is a balance of industry and creativity and 12's music is a reflection of that balance.

From its inception 12 has had to define its space. 12 has been promoting, marketing and distributing its product underground for a number of years. 12 is in the process of transitioning from a hometown sound to an international band in order to sustain its life.

Recent International Performances

12 has performed in the Alliance Francaise Fete de la musique for the last 6 years, opening for international recording artists such as Chris Combette and The Orange Sky.

In 2007, 12 has had the distinguished pleasure of being captured in the BBC 2 radio documentary on Caribbean life and music hosted by renowned British recording artist Joan Armatrading, receiving kudos from Joan herself who described 12 as “One of the great undiscovered talents of the Caribbean”.

Other landmark performances include:

2008 - Caribbean Fashion Week - Broadcast on Fashion TV - Jamaica

2009 - Canadian Music Week Festival feat. Mishka and Blue King Brown - Toronto, Canada

2010 - Under the Trees - Tribute to the Masters feat. Mighty Sparrow and David Rudder, Trinidad and Tobago

2011 - Tobago Jazz Festival feat. Trey Songz and Randy Crawford, Trinidad and Tobago

Lyrics

Wrong Chord

Written By: Sheldon Holder

HEY YOU MISTER BIG SHOT
YOU HAVE AND WE HAVE NOT
BUT WE SEE THROUGH YOUR DISGUISE
AND WE KNOW BOUT YUH LIES
AND WE KNOW MANKIND HAS ONE DESTINATION
WHICH IS TO FLY
WHICH IS TO SOAR
HIGH ABOVE THE TREES
AND BE A KING OF ALL HE SURVEYS AND SEES

CHORUS

CAUSE MANKIND PUSHIN OUT HERE
STRUGGLING OUT HERE
WITH ONE BREATH OF LIVE
DON’T MIND THE ROAD MIGHT BE
ROCKY AND STEEP
WE NOT GOING TO SLEEP
WE NOT STICKIN
DOH MIND LIFE GIVIN WE A LICKIN
YOU’LL NEVER SEE WE STICKIN

HEY YOU MISTER BIG SCORE
YOU HAVE AND YOU WANT MORE
NEVER THINKING ABOUT THE POOR
EVERYDAY YOU SAY WE WILL HAVE A BRIGHTER TOMORROW
BUT WE NEED TO LIVE TODAY
AND IF YUH DON’T HEED THE WARNING
BROTHERMAN YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY

CHORUS

CAUSE MANKIND PUSHIN OUT HERE
STRUGGLING OUT HERE
WITH ONE BREATH OF LIVE
DON’T MIND THE ROAD MIGHT BE
ROCKY AND STEEP
WE NOT GOING TO SLEEP
WE NOT STICKIN
DOH MIND LIFE GIVIN WE A LICKIN
YOU’LL NEVER SEE WE STICKIN

Lady of the Night

Written By: Sheldon Holder

CHORUS

LADY OF THE NIGHT
I SMELL YOUR PERFUME
IT COULDA NEVER BE RIGHT
FOR YOU TO MAKE YUH MONEY
THE WAY THAT YOU DO

AND SHE SAY I KNOW BOUT MAN
THE MIND OF MAN
AND I KNOW
JUST WHAT MEN DOES DO
YUH SEE MUMMY
SHE TURN A BLIND EYE
AND DADDY
HE DO AND HE DO AND HE DO
WHAT HE SHOULDA NEVER DO

CHORUS

LADY OF THE NIGHT
I SMELL YOUR PERFUME
IT COULDA NEVER BE RIGHT
FOR YOU TO MAKE YUH MONEY
THE WAY THAT YOU DO

AND SHE SAY JUST PASS
THE MONEY HONEY
AND I’LL TAKE YOU
AROUND THE WORLD
FORGET WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT ME
I’LL BE YOUR GOOD TIME GIRL
YOUR GOOD TIME GIRL

CHORUS

LADY OF THE NIGHT
I SMELL YOUR PERFUME
IT COULDA NEVER BE RIGHT
FOR YOU TO MAKE YUH MONEY
THE WAY THAT YOU DO

SO DOH SHOW ME NO BAD MIND
CAUSE I IS PEOPLE TO
AND THE SAME WAY YUH CRYIN FUH ME
I DOES CRY FUH MANKIND TOO
IT’S JUST THAT SOMEWHERE
ALONG THE LINES MINDS GET TWISTED
AND BROKEN HEARTS TURN BLUE

CHORUS

LADY OF THE NIGHT
I SMELL YOUR PERFUME
IT COULDA NEVER BE RIGHT
FOR YOU TO MAKE YUH MONEY
THE WAY THAT YOU DO

Imagination

Written By: Sheldon Holder

NOW PICTURE ME I SITTIN HERE
JUST COOL LOOKIN ON
AND YOU CATCH MY EYES
AND IT’S NO SURPRISE
NO SURPRISE
YEARS HAVE ROLLED ON
WE’RE HERE TOGETHER
LOOKIN AT THE STARS
WITH A VISION OF FOREVER
SEEIN LOVE IN YOUR EYES
LOVE IN MY EYES
LOVE IN YOUR EYES

ALL CAUSE OF
IMAGINATION
WE REALIZING
GREAT VISIONS
IMAGINATION
IMAGINATION
IMAGINATION

SO WE I SEE WE
HOLDING ON AS BROTHERS
LOVING AND RESPECTING
ONE ANOTHER
REGARDLESS OF BOUNDARIES
CREEDS OR COLORS
AND FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
ANYONE CAN SEE WE NOT FAKING
WE IS TRULY FAMILY
ONE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO FAMILY

SO NO MORE AMERICANISM
NO MORE IMPERIALISM
I’M TALKIN TRINIDADISM
I’M TOBAGOISM
CARIBBEANISM
SEE YOURSELF, BE YOURSELF, FREE YOURSELF

IMAGINATION
REALIZING GREAT VISIONS

Window

Written By: Sheldon Holder

SAID YOU WERE MY LOVE
WHEN YOU CAME MY WAY
THE WAY I TREAT YUH
MOST WOULD HAVE NEVER STAYED
TIME PASS WE MAKE AMENDS
AND COME BACK AGAIN
AND KNOW YOU’VE BECOME
MY MOST INTIMATE FRIEND

CHORUS

SO I’M GLAD THAT LOVE
IS LOOKIN OUT THE WINDOWS
OF YOUR SOUL RIGHT AT ME
AND I’M GLAD TO KNOW THAT
YOU FOUND IN YOUR HEART
TO STILL LOVE ME

NOW I KNOW
I MUST TELL YOU HONESTLY
TRUTHFULLY
EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME
NEVER AGAIN WILL I BE GUILTY OF
WITHHOLDING THE FULL STRENGTH OF MY LOVE

CHORUS

SO I’M GLAD THAT LOVE
IS LOOKIN OUT THE WINDOWS
OF YOUR SOUL RIGHT AT ME
AND I’M GLAD TO KNOW THAT
YOU FOUND IN YOUR HEART
TO STILL LOVE ME

THE STRENGTH OF YOUR LOVE
PUTS A GLOW ON ME
IT UPLIFTS MY SOUL
I’M FEELIN HEAVENLY
WRAPPED UP IN YUH VIBE UNDER THE SPELL OF YOU
I APPRECIATE ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU DO

Discography

2003: Five song EP entitled Overtones

2008: debut album Sts and Aves (Streets and Avenues)

Set List

A typical set varies from 45 minutes to 60 minutes and will include original tracks such as:
Consumed
Sts. & Aves.
Tabanca
Wrong Chord
Window
Lady of the Night
Ghetto
Twilight
Anger & Violence
Wrong
Imagination