12 South Band is a cutting-edge event entertainment band based out of Nashville, TN. The group was formed out of the members’ passion for entertaining people and their desire to create a fresh and unique alternative to the typical band
The 12 South Band is one of the most sought-after entertainment bands in the country! This very high-energy dance band plays a huge variety of music from Pop to Rock, Motown, 80s and 90s, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Country and is known for it's choreography, wireless front line, outfit changes, and fun crowd interaction!
With an exciting, medley-style show, The 12 South Band can perform non-stop for up to 3 hours! The talented performers of 12 South have shared the stage with artists like Kid Rock, Trisha Yearwood, Little Richard, Bob Seger, and Ricky Scaggs just to name a few and have been featured artists on reality shows, cruise ships, and international music tours. 12 South travels throughout the country performing their show to people of all ages. From charity events to balls to weddings and parties of all kinds, 12 South’s exciting variety show is sure to entertain any audience!
"12 South Band was an incredible band for our daughter's wedding reception. Reading their reviews and watching their videos I knew they were good, but they definitely exceeded our expectations! The videos can't communicate the energy they exude in their show! They are experts in drawing in the crowd - I saw several guests on the dance floor that I Never would have guessed would have danced! They perform a medley style, with flawless transitions, incorporating multiple genres (i.e. Robin Thicke to Garth Brooks to Prince). I have never seen a band keep the dance floor packed for every song all night long, but that's exactly what they did for Natalie and Aaron and our guests. They did a great job introducing the wedding party and bride and groom, and ended their show with the bride and groom on stage singing Sweet Caroline, with the crowd singing along, waving their hands and sending off the newlyweds in style. They also added to their show the requested songs for the First Dance, the Father Daughter and Mother Groom dances. Natalie and I picked out Paul Simon's "Father Daughter" for our dance, and they performed it perfectly - they nailed it!! They have several options for the number of performers - we chose the 10 person option with 1 horn. Finally, I would add that our wedding coordinator commented on how easy they were to work with. I give them my highest recommendation!"
--- David 1/16/16 (Father of the Bride)
"No matter what size event you are planning, please consider 12 South Band for your entertainment! We recently used them for a convention and were extremely pleased ... no, not pleased, overwhelmed would be a better description! They got the young and the old off their feet and on the dance floor. I have heard nothing but rave reviews! Thank you 12 South Band for bringing your talent and enthusiasm to our gala!! We would gladly book you again (and again, and again ...)."
--- MELANIE 8/15/15 (Fundraising Chair)
"WOW! 12 South Band is the GREATEST wedding band OF ALL TIME! From their wonderful communication with the bride, groom and wedding coordinator from start to finish, determining how to make your day personalized by learning new music for your wedding ceremony and reception, and their OUTSTANDING performance and musical talents, makes 12 South Band the ONLY option for your wedding! If this band is not available for your wedding date, then CHANGE YOUR DATE!"
--- JULIE 8/8/15 (Bride)
"The 12 South Band was flat out amazing at my wedding! At least 30 people at the wedding stopped me and asked me where I found them and told me how great they were. They were very flexible and allowed us to change our wedding song the week of the wedding. I know everyone was extremely impressed with not only the band's versatility and talent but also the fact that they played almost 3 straight hours without a break. Everything they did was fabulous and I can say without a doubt that they were the best money we spent on the entire wedding. I would recommend the 12 South Band for any wedding or any type of event that aims get people out on the dance floor, they are true entertainers! My bride and I also took dance lessons through the 12 South Band's partner Ballroom Bug, this turned out great because we were very coordinated with the band the day of the wedding and we received a discount on the lessons because we were using the band."
--- HARLIN 6/6/15 (Groom)
"12 South Band surprised us all at my daughter's quinceañera. Everyone enjoyed them, and we were so excited to hear them! The band members are so kind, and they are perfect for any occasion. Thank you 12 South Band for making our quinceañera extra special! Thank you!!"
---MARIA 6/20/14 (Mother)
"Choosing a band was probably one of the hardest decisions we made through our whole wedding planning process because all I wanted for my wedding reception was an awesome band that would create an unforgettable party. Well....I should probably rephrase, it wasn't the hardest decision but it was definitely the most time consuming! We found 12 South after a long search online of local and travel bands and I am SO THANKFUL we found them!!! We fell in love immediately with their energy and their music selection of classic and current songs that everyone knows. They were so accommodating, they communicated everything quickly and really took control of the reception on the wedding day. Not to mention, everyone in the band took time to speak to me and thank me for having them, they were all seriously such nice and fun people. I kid you not when I say that EVERYONE at my reception was on their feet, dancing, and belting out every song. In all my pictures from the reception, people either have their arms thrown up in the air dancing for their life or their mouths wide open singing as loud as they can. People are still talking about how amazing 12 South Band was and about how my wedding was the best party they've been to. BOOK THIS BAND!!! I already have a savings account so I can book them again, for what? Who knows, but something!"
---JENNY 9/26/15 (Bride)
"When I say that my wedding was complete because of 12 South Band, I mean it. The band's energy was the driving force of the entire night. Working with Anna to make my wedding vision come true was a breeze. She was responsive and understanding. If you don't use this band, then you chose wrong."
---KIMBERLY 10/18/15 (Bride)
"The 12 South Band was just amazing!! Words can't even describe how awesome their performance was during my wedding. They went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. Their energy was incredible and they even went out on the dance floor to sing to our 91 year old grandma! This band is what makes a good wedding a GREAT wedding. Thanks again Anna and Jason, you guys are great, we wish we could re live that night every weekend!"
--- EMILY 8/22/15 (Bride)
"The 12 South Band did such an amazing job! They drove to Pensacola, Florida all the way from Nashville on Valentine's Day to perform at our 15th year anniversary/celebration for our business. There were over 300 guests who attended the celebration. Every single person loved their performance! The band members interacted with the guests throughout the night. They were full of energy and so much fun to be around and interact with. We wish they weren't located so far away...they definitely have a huge fan base now here in Pensacola! "
--- QUINN 2/14/15 (Business Owner)
"If you want to have the time of your life at your wedding - you should hire 12 South Band! They literally made our Reception a BLAST and we loved every minute of having them play! The dance floor was NEVER empty and we have received texts and emails from many of our guests who were at the Reception saying how much they loved the band! They are so nice to work with and SO MUCH FUN! They put on a show that is unforgettable!"
--- LEE 4/30/16 (Bride)
"12 South created an awesome energy at our 1st Christmas party! It was a big event, about 500 guests and hosted by 3 companies, and the band performance made it a memorable night!"
--- JULIE 12/4/15 (Business Owner)
"The 12 South Band seriously made our wedding night!! Picking a band was probably one of the biggest decisions throughout the wedding planning process because all we wanted was for our guests to have an absolute blast. And with all said and done, I couldn't be happier that we found the 12 South Band! Their energy had everyone on the dance floor as soon as they took the stage and it lasted throughout the entire night! The level of talent within the group is unbelievable... on top of providing just a great variety of music, they are true entertainers. I was too busy dancing my butt off, but I wish I could've watched their every move! We have received endless compliments on how amazing and fun our reception was (many have even said it's the best they've been to) and we owe it all to the band! Additionally, Anna was so easy to work with and responsive during the whole booking process. AND they learned our 3 special dance songs for us, which turned out beautifully! All in all, this band is AMAZING! I honestly cannot say enough about them and how highly I recommend them for any event in need of great entertainment! I can only hope I get the opportunity to see this band perform again someday. A million times Thank You 12 South Band!!!!"
--- JESSICA 10/8/16 (Bride)
“That was LITERALLY the best band EVER!!” – all 250 guests at our wedding reception in Cincinnati, OH. 12 South Band played at our reception and everyone is still talking about how amazing they were, three months later! As soon as we got engaged and started planning, we realized the band was one of the most important things to us in terms of throwing a good party. We wanted a band that could entertain and get everyone on the dance floor. After extensive research, we thought 12 South Band might fit the bill. Honestly, 12 South Band is above and beyond anything we could have hoped for!! Not only do they play great music and keep everyone on the dance floor with their continuous flow of songs, but they have AMAZING voices and really make a show of it! The band played music that appealed to all ages and made it a night to remember not just for my husband and I, but for every single guest at the reception! They were really great to work with: flexible, fun and accommodating (even after everyone shouted encore for about 5 more songs). 12 South Band is AMAZING – book them NOW while you still have the chance!!!
--- KIRSTIN 5/28/16 (Bride)
I truly can't find the right words to describe how amazing the 12 South Band was the night of our wedding. We had so many family members and friends asking us the next morning how we came across such a phenomenal band. From the time we hired them until the very end of our wedding reception, they were so great to work with. They are a gifted group of musicians and performers as well!
My husband's brother and a very close friend of ours performed the first dance with them, and they were so accommodating. They also really worked with us on tailoring their show to fit our song/genre preferences. Anna was awesome in terms of communication... she always got back to us within a day or two!
Their medley-style show really lends itself to keeping the party going and our dance floor was packed the whole night. They have the perfect amount of crowd interaction and really fun costume changes! The music was the most important part of the reception for us and we truly couldn't have been happier. They exceeded all expectations! Look no further if you want a band for any type of function!
--- JESSICA 8/13/16 (Bride)
"Almost a week after my son's wedding, friends are still talking about the band! 12South Band made the evening memorable for everyone. The band was so high-energy that no one wanted to stop dancing including the bride and groom! The song selection appealed to all ages, and the singers were amazing to watch! The band interacted with the guests, and everyone ended up on the dance floor. The 12South Band made the evening, and I hope to book them again."
--- PAM 5/14/16 (Mother of the Groom)
12 South far exceeded my expectations! Everyone including the venue staff remarked about how professional and polite every member was and how easy it was to work with them. They were punctual in setting up. Their actual performance was over-the-top!!! They sang every genre and were extremely talented. The showmanship was fantastic with lighting changes and costumes and great choreographed dance. The dance floor was not big enough to accommodate everyone who was dancing to the sounds of 12 South. The attendees would have stayed forever if the band had kept playing. I have had two people in the first 24 hours ask for the contact information on the band. Yes, they were that good. Absolutely outstanding and a total pleasure!"
--- KATHY 8/27/16 (Event Chair)
"I have been thinking about how I wanted to write this review because I felt an obligation to make it perfect. I feel like I owe it to them – and you will too after 12 South Band performs at your reception. This is because you will become a fan of this group for life - and in the days and weeks and months after your big day, you and your guests will still be talking about them and will still be riding that incredible high from having attended the coolest party on the biggest day of your life. Quite simply, this is a superbly-talented group of musicians and performers who will alter the universe on your wedding night.
As a recent groom who was married in September 2016, the 12 South Band performed at our reception at the Cleveland Museum of Art and I can say without hyperbole that the adjectives "phenomenal", "extraordinary", and "masterful" are still limited in their ability to describe them, their talent, and the energy they brought to our evening. Every single guest was blown away by how spectacular this band was and how much fun they had at our reception. So many guests told us this was the best wedding they ever been to – and of course the atmosphere and energy that 12 South Band created was a huge part of that. We are still receiving texts from guests who live in Knoxville, Houston, and Cleveland who are asking us for the group’s contact information and we are gladly obliging.
Lastly I will say this: I don’t normally do reviews for anybody. But in this case I am so happy to do it. Weddings are stressful. Lots of moving parts, lots of third-party vendors – especially those you never dealt with before nor trust automatically. In the case of 12 South Band, it was different. Every step on the business side was easy. E-mails were promptly returned, obligations and timelines were met and showed reliability, and the end product obviously was absolute insanity. We took a risk by selecting a band that is not from the Ohio/Pittsburgh area for our wedding and choosing 12 South Band (from Nashville). It was the best decision we made!
I will be happy to provide any additional information for anyone who wants it. Congratulations on your big day!"
--- ARMOND 9/10/16 (Groom)
"Hands down the absolute best decision my committee and I made for our fundraising event! This band had a good part of our 300 guests on the dance floor by the end of their first song and kept them there all night! They are as professional as they are talented. We booked them for the following year before they had their gear packed up! P.S. Nashville is not an easy place to perform and they totally rocked it (even the country artists in attendance agreed)."
--- FUNDRAISING CHAIR 11/19/16
"I am a wedding planner at a hotel in Charlotte, and I must say, this is one of the best bands I’ve worked with. They arrived on time, were responsive to all day-of changes, and were great performers! The music was fantastic, not too loud (usually I have to ask the band to turn it down), and were able to accommodate songs that were special requests. All in all, I would definitely recommend them!!"
--ALLI, Event Planner, NC
"The entire reception was unbelievable and PERFECT. Jason did such an awesome job the entire night! He got the crowd involved and was absolutely perfect! His timing was impeccable. We could not have imagined it going any better than it did! The band sounded great. The band read the crowd and played great music all night long! In fact, nobody wanted to leave the dance floor!! It was perfect from beginning to end!"
--JESSICA ,Charlotte, NC
"We were lucky enough to have them play at our wedding. Oh my lord is really the only words when you see this band. My friends in Chattanooga are still talking about them. There is talk of wedding crashing just to see these guys again. We are so extremely pleased with our decision thank you all very much. If they are not booked for your wedding or event hurry, they are worth at least double of what they charge, we promise you!"
--TONY, Chattanooga, TN
"The band was BEYOND UNBELIEVABLE!! The entire crowd never stopped dancing, even my 85 year old grandmother! It was such a FUN night!!!"
--SARAH, Louisville, KY
24K Magic- Bruno Mars
Adventure of a Lifetime- Coldplay
Ain’t No Other Man- Christina Aguilera
All Star- Smash Mouth
All Summer Long- Kid Rock
Beat It- Michael Jackson
Billie Jean- Michael Jackson
Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
Boogie Shoes- KC and the Sunshine Band
Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
Bye Bye Bye- NSync
Cake By the Ocean- DNCE
California Love- 2Pac
Can’t Stop the Feeling- Justin Timberlake
Crazy in Love- Beyonce
Dixieland Delight- Alabama
DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again- Usher
Don’t Stop Believing- Journey
Everybody- Backstreet Boys
Footloose- Kenny Loggins
Forget You- Cee Lo Green
Fresh Prince of Bel Air- Will Smith
Friends in Low Places- Garth Brooks
Get Lucky- Daft Punk
Get This Party Started- Pink
Hands to Yourself- Georgia Satellites
Hot Stuff- Donna Summer
House Party- Sam Hunt
I Don’t Like It, I Love It- Flo Rida
I Love Rock and Roll- Joan Jett
I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor
Ice Ice Baby- Vanilla Ice
In Da Club- 50 Cent
Johnny B. Goode- Chuck Berry
Joker- Steve Miller Band
La Bamba- Los Lobos
Lady Marmalade- Patti LaBelle
Let’s Get it On- Marvin Gaye
Livin on a Prayer- Bon Jovi
Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars
Lose Yourself- Eminem
Love Shack- B52s
Mary Jane’s Last Dance- Tom Petty
Me Too- Meghan Trainor
Mony Mony- Billy Idol
Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5
Mustang Sally- Wilson Pickett
Never Forget You- Zara Larsson
Oops I Did it Again- Brittney Spears
Party in the USA- Miley Cyrus
Play That Funky Music- Wild Cherry
Pour Some Sugar on Me- Def Leppard
Proud Mary- Tina Turner
Respect- Aretha Franklin
Rock with You- Michael Jackson
Rocky Top- Osborne Brothers
Save a Horse- Big and Rich
Shake it Off- Taylor Swift
Shout- Isley Brothers
Shut Up and Dance- Walk the Moon
Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Stay With Me- Sam Smith
Sugar- Maroon 5
Summer of 69- Bryan Adams
Superstition- Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond
Sweet Child of Mine- Guns n Roses
Sweet Dreams- Eurythmics
Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
Thriller- Michael Jackson
Twist and Shout- Beatles
Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars
Viva La Vida- Coldplay
Wagon Wheel- Old Crow Medicine Show
Walk this Way- Aerosmith
Wanna Be- Spice Girls
Want to Want Me- Jason Derulo
What I Got- Sublime
Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
Work From Home- Fifth Harmony
You Are the Best Thing- Ray LaMontagne
You Make My Dreams- Hall and Oates
Jazz Hour Songs:
Ain’t No Sunshine- Bill Withers
All About that Bass- Kate Davis
All Blues- instrumental
All of Me- Frank Sinatra
Autumn Leaves- instrumental
Blue Bossa- instrumental
C Jam Blues- instrumental
Cissy Strut- instrumental
Everything- Michael Buble
Fly Me to the Moon- instrumental
Georgia- Ray Charles
Girl from Ipanema- Frank Sinatra
Let’s Stay Together- Al Green
Mercy Mercy Mercy- Buddy Rich
Natural Woman- Aretha Franklin
Song for My Father- instrumental
Stand By Me- Ben E. King
Sunday Morning- Maroon 5
Country songs that may be added with a Fiddle player:
(Fiddle player also plays on many other tunes in the Variety show as well as Jazz hour and can also perform ceremony music as an add-on.)
Callin Baton Rouge
Devil Went Down to Georgia
Fishin in the Dark
Folsum Prison Blues
If You’re Gonna Play in Texas
Little White Church
Louisiana Saturday Night
Orange Blossom Special
South’s Gonna do it Again
Walkin after Midnight