Category Archives: Amy Lee

Apr18

Amy On Evanescence’s Success: ‘I Feel Proud When I Look Back’

From blabbermouth.net: Amy Lee and guitarist Jen Majura were recently interviewed by Belgium’s RTBF. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked how she looks back on Evanescence‘s success so far, Amy said: “I feel proud when I look back. I look back to those early times and see my face, especially if I see an old an interview or a performance when we were on that ‘Fallen’ tour, and I look like a kid. I was a kid; I’d only lived outside my parents’ house for, like, four years. So I see it and I’m, like, ‘Woah! What an incredibly crazy thing to happen.’ And I know that, behind it all, I was juggling a lot, just adjusting emotionally and trying to keep the band together and everything else crazy that goes along with doing this.

“This has been a very retrospective era for us,” she continued. “We made this box set of our history, and now we’ve done ‘Synthesis’, which is a beautiful reflection of our music throughout my career, and then adding some new things in it.”

Evanescence and acclaimed electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling will embark on a co-headlining 2018 summer amphitheater tour across North America. The trek, produced by Live Nation, will kick off July 6 in Kansas City, Missouri at the Starlight Theatre and will make stops in 31 North American cities. The tour will wrap September 8 in Ridgefield, Washington at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater.

Both artists’ shows will be accompanied by a full orchestra, highlighting both acts musicality and their incredible performance abilities that continue to blow fans away. The orchestrated performances will also perfectly accent the astounding amphitheater venues across the U.S. and Canada that the two will be performing in, making for a magical summer evening.

The two artists recently collaborated on the song “Hi-Lo” from the latest Evanescence album, “Synthesis”, which features a virtuosic violin solo by Lindsey Stirling.

“Synthesis” was released in November. The disc sees many of Evanescence’s songs reworked in new ways, incorporating orchestral and electronic elements into the original compositions.

The “Synthesis Live” tour launched in October and like the album, it features a full orchestra and electronics.

 

Apr11

Amy Lee Faces Down Her Past

From kerrang.com K!1717: Fifteen years have passed since Evanescence first introduced themselves to the world – and life for Amy Lee is today unrecognisable to the one she knew back then. As the band’s Synthesis tour blazes across the globe, in our world-exclusive interview Kerrang! finds a vocalist reflecting on the past, focusing on the present, and considering a future that remains unwritten…

We’ve also collaborated with the band and artist Paul Brown – the man behind the Synthesis cover – for an exclusive art print!

Elsewhere in the mag, in a super-honest chat, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz looks back over the band’s career, as well as his own personal trials and tribulations. On top of that, emo heroes The Get Up Kids tell us all about their return; we go inside the many sides of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong; Alcest, Deafheaven and Møl explore black metal’s deepest corners; Mat McNerney reveals Grave Pleasures’ heart of darkness; and Neck Deep prove that pop-punk tours really are about pizza, partying and pissing about.

Over in the reviews section, A Perfect Circle return to set the world to rights on their beautifully-crafted third album, Metallica’s classic covers EP gets the reissue treatment, and nostalgia reigns down under as Download Festival makes its Aussie debut.

There’s also a jam-packed poster section, too: stick Panic! At The Disco, Against Me!, THE FEVER 333, The Wonder Years and Architects on your walls.

The new issue of Kerrang! is available anywhere in the world when you order online through Newsstand. But for UK residents, it hits the shops on Wednesday, April 11 from all good newsagents. [Source]

Feb13

Amy Say Breaking Between Albums ‘Inspires’ Her To ‘Dive Back In Again’

Amy Lee has told Australia’s AAP news agency that she has “taken breaks a lot of times” during the band’s two-decade history. “Pretty much after every album cycle, there’s a moment where I’m, like, ‘Okay, I have to figure out who I am and I don’t know if I wanna do this anymore. Maybe this was just me as a teenager and now I’m somebody else,'” she said. “And that’s something that inspires me, because every time, at some point, I’ve come back around to loving it again and knowing that it’s such a huge part of who I really am and not a character I was playing. And that’s rewarding in itself, and it makes me wanna dive back in again.”

Evanescence’s latest album, “Synthesis”, was released in November. The disc sees many of Evanescence’s songs reworked in new ways, incorporating orchestral and electronic elements into the original compositions.

The “Synthesis Live” tour launched in October and like the album, it features a full orchestra and electronics.

Evanescence is scheduled to play in Sydney with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on February 13 and 14, and in Melbourne with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on February 16.

Lee told the Brisbane Times that she was looking forward to revisiting Australia — a country she hadn’t toured since 2012.

“Coming to play with the symphony orchestra in the Sydney Opera House is huge,” she said. “I’m bragging to all my relatives about it.” [Source]

Jan12

Sad News from Amy Lee

Amy Lee Net would like to wish Amy and her family the deepest of condolences. Please remember to give her and her family some privacy during this difficult time!

 

Dec13

Happy Birthday Amy Lee!

Wishing Amy Lee of Evanescence a very happy birthday. We at Amy Lee Fans hope you have a wonderful day.

Dec07

Amy Lee on Lean Forward Podcast Episode

Amy Lee of Evanescence has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, sells out arenas throughout the world, and has had radio hit after hit in multiple countries, and for some reason decided to sit down with Jay and Jacob to chat about it all. In Episode 15, the fellas dig deep with Amy about all things music including working on her new album “Synthesis” (which debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 20 charts) with David Campbell (Beck’s dad). Post-show, she also sent along her own quick hits with descriptions of why she likes the tunes she picked. And Jay & Jacob included their own Best of 2017 playlists.

Amy’s Picks

  1. K Flay, Giver – I’m really into this girl right now, hard to pick just one song to share. This is from her latest album. She started out by making some hip hop music as a joke in college and then realized she loved making music and started doing it for real. I think she is seriously talented.
  2. Glasser, Apply – I love this. It hits me right in the Bjork. It’s dark and heavy and primal and innocent at the same time.
  3. Bjork, Blissing me – It’s impossible to choose one Bjork song from the new album, to sum up, or represent it. There are too many aspects worth focusing on, it’s something that you have to go through, you really have to listen to the whole thing. One of my favorite parts of the new album is its lyrics. The poetry. Most of the songs could just be read without music and stand alone as a great poem. I chose Blissing Me, because listening to the words and hearing the story play out made me smile, and connect with my own feelings and experience about music. Also, they remind me of classic Bjork- Headphones from Post.
  4. Kiara, Gold – In contrast, I’m not sure this song means anything at all. They chopped bits of her singing a fully written part, scrambled and reposted them into a new melody made of clippings. It’s fragmented and fantastic.
  5. Erykah Badu, Phone Down – This is from the album Mixtape. Every song on the album has something to do with phones and it’s awesome. I saw this live at the King’s Theater in Brooklyn, NY last year and she was unbelievably cool.

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Dec06

Amy Lee Says ‘New’ Song ‘Hi-Lo’ Was Written 10 Years Ago

Amy Lee spoke to the 105.7 The Point about the two new songs that are included on the band’s latest album, “Synthesis”. The set is a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE’s best-loved tracks is the band’s first full-length effort since its 2011 self-titled release.

“[The song] ‘Hi-Lo‘ we’ve had in the bank for a long time,” Amy said (see video below). “I wasn’t quite finished [writing it before], but it’s just a song that never fit anywhere that I’ve been holding on to and waiting to find its right home for 10 years. So it’s this weird thing that I feel very close to already that I’ve had to listen to with my family and my friends to now finish it out and have the orchestra on it. That’s what it needed — it needed that beautiful, luscious emotion that [longtime collaborator, orchestra arranger and composer] David Campbell put on there. But I wrote that song with our producer on this album, the guy that did all the programming, Will [Hunt, not to be confused with EVANESCENCE’s drummer, also named Will Hunt]. It was our first collaboration together 10 years ago. And the other one, ‘Imperfection’, is brand new. We just wrote it this year. And it was very collaborative between Will, again, and also David Campbell, the arranger. He’s done all the string arranging for EVANESCENCE for all of our albums, but this one… We went in [and said], ‘Let’s go in and go really deep and rip [the songs] apart and elevate ’em to another place together and make something new.’ So for all of it, and the new [song] included, he was a real part of what laid the foundation of what was gonna happen. So it gave the music and the writing and everything a chance to grow in some different directions.”

“Hi-Lo” includes a guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling.

In support of “Synthesis”, Evanescence — Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Troy McLawhorn and guitarist/background vocalist Jen Majura — is currently in the midst of its extensive “Synthesis Live” headlining tour of North America. “Synthesis Live” features Lee and the band performing with a live 28-piece orchestra and electronic programming.

Lee told Forbes about the fan response to the “Synthesis Live” tour: “I think our fans like it a lot. It’s a way to experience this music, for them and for us, in a different way. We’ve been playing the straight-up original versions of our songs for many years now. So to have an opportunity to go to a different venue for most of these shows, go to a concert hall, sit down and listen to it, it’s a lot more like going to a show, like going to a movie, than going to a rock concert where you’re gonna jump up and down and make noise. There are parts that are very intimate before it goes big and epic and 28 orchestral musicians are going off. So it’s a very personal experience. The reaction I’ve seen has been really good, but it’s definitely different. It feels still weird to us on stage, we’re getting completely used to it. It’s definitely not a rock and roll show, but I think it’s really special and I’m absolutely positive I’m gonna remember these performances and this very special experience for the rest of my life.”

 

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Dec01

Amy Lee Has Had To Fight For Her Art

Amy Lee spoke to Billboard about her beginnings in the music industry, saying that “it was sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference between just being treated like a young idiot — you know, ‘You’re just a kid, everybody knows better than you’ — and being treated that way because I was female. I learned as I got more experienced, and a lot of it was because I’m a female,” she said. “People naturally see us as the softer sex that’s going to step aside and let the men do the real work, so there’ve been plenty of times when I’ve had to look at that, recognize it, and go, ‘No, this is what’s going to happen, because I’m positive that I’m right, and it’s my art and you’re not going to change it.'”

One compromise that Lee had to make along the way was including a rap verse in EVANESCENCE’s original 2003 breakout hit “Bring Me To Life”. The song was recently re-recorded in a more stripped-down format — without the rapping — on the “Synthesis” album. Lee explained to News.com.au: “God bless the rap, it’s part of what got us on the radio, I guess. At least according to all the rules of radio that I don’t agree with or understand. The rap wasn’t part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great.”

Lee added that she had made her peace with the original version of the song, saying: “That’s a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again, then nobody would understand who we were. We’ve made it past that point, so the rap doesn’t make me angry anymore. I’m so glad to put a new version out there without the rap, though.” The rap on the original version of “Bring Me To Life” was performed by singer Paul McCoy of the band 12 STONES.

“Synthesis” was released on November 10. The disc sees many of EVANESCENCE’s songs reworked in new ways, incorporating orchestral and electronic elements into the original compositions. The “Synthesis Live” tour launched in October and like the album, it features a full orchestra and electronics. [Source]

Nov27

Amy Lee talks about the message behind “Imperfection”

Amy Lee recently talked to amazon.de about the meaning behind Evanescence’s song “Imperfection” from their brand new Synthesis album. Which has sold over 34,000 units in the week ending on November 16th. Synthesis is a combination of organic and synthesized sounds featuring the lyrical talents of Lee and her band Evanescence. The new album also features the talent of Lindsay Sterling in the song “Hi-Lo”. You can read the rest of the interview here!

Nov17

Amy Lee’s song “Speak To Me” won a Hollywood Music in Media Award

Last night the Hollywood Music in Media Awards were held at the nightclub Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles where Amy Lee‘s song “Speak To Me”, the end title theme from Voice From The Stone movie, won in the category best original song in an independent film.
The song competed with the following nominees:

ORIGINAL SONG – INDEPENDENT FILM
• “Calling to Me” (One Percent More Humid) Written by Nathan Halpern. Performed by Emily Forsythe
• “My tiredness Hasn’t limit” (The Enchanted) Written by Ivan Ruiz Serrano, Ricardo Davila and Angela Boj, performed by Angela Boj
• “PBNJ” (Patti Cake$) Written By Geremy Jasper & Jason Binnick. Performed by Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay & Cathy Moriarty
• “Speak To Me” (Voice from the Stone) Written by Amy Lee & Michael Wandmacher. Performed by Amy Lee

“Speak to Me” is a song by American singer Amy Lee recorded for the ending credits of the independent movie Voice from the Stone (2017). It was published online and made available for digital download on March 17, 2017. For the song, Lee collaborated with the movie’s score producer Michael Wandmacher and director Eric Dennis Howell with whom she got acquainted to Voice from the Stone and its plot. Inspired by the movie’s story line which she could relate to her personal life as a recent mother, Lee decided to contribute to the soundtrack with an original song. Musically, “Speak to Me” is a piano ballad instrumentally complete with strings, booming drums and cellos and features lyrics in which the protagonist pleads for love.

Upon its release, the song received critical acclaim from music critics most of whom praised its haunting and cinematic sound accompanied by the singer’s trademark vocals. A music video for the song for which Lee collaborated with Howell was filmed at the same location as the movie, in Siena. It serves as a backstory to the movie and it features Lee singing the song and playing the piano in a gothic castle setting; shots of her walking at a garden with a boy are present throughout. As the song itself, the visual received positive feedback from critics who felt that it was a fitting accompaniment to the song’s overall musical style and the movie’s tone. [Source]