Georgia Regents University and 12 Bands will celebrate local bands with ties to the university with the release of a second CD featuring their music.
Volume II, which includes music by GRU students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters, features tracks by Carey Murdock, Livingroom Legends, Passionate, Edison Project, Rising Stone, Delta Cane, Adam Sams, Hound of Goshen, The Remedy, McKenna & Phil, Dead End Sons, and MCG 2017.
One of the highlights of this year’s album is the song “Study” from MCG 2017. According to Ravi Patel, one of the three Medical College of Georgia students that make up the group, “We wanted to find a fun way to share our experiences while bringing our class, school, and community closer together. Thus, the idea for ‘study’ was born.”
The group started to record the song last summer and at their initial session, met 12 Bands Director Joe Stevenson.
The group wasn’t able to complete the recording before classes started in the fall, but received a call from Stevenson in October saying he wanted to feature MCG 2017 on the next 12 Bands CD.
“The timing was surreal. We had just finished a quiz on pediatric cancers and here was an opportunity to help real patients at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia,” Patel said.
“Album sales are donated to our local children’s hospital to support families of pediatric cancer patients,” Stevenson said. “To date, 12 Bands has raised more than $250,000 in support of this cause.”
Patel went on to talk of how things have snowballed for the group since the song’s release, with multiple performances and even their very own music video, which is set for release March 4 on social media.
“We hope to gain a large audience on social media, which we believe will enhance the reputation of our school, help with the recruitment of more qualified students, and educate the public about health care issues,” Patel said.
Copies of 12 Bands of GRU Volume II are available at bookstores on the GRU Health Sciences and Summerville campuses, in GRHealth gift shops, and select campus events, for a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
“We’re excited to partner with GRU in support of the children and families who visit CHOG each year, and for the opportunity to showcase local talent,” Stevenson said.
For more information, contact Joe Stevenson at director@12Bands.org or at (706) 664-5595.