Category Archives: Amy Lee

Amy Says ‘The Bitter Truth’ Saved Her

 

How Amy Lee brought her powerful vocals to life

Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee has one of the most powerful voices in music. But it took a long time for her to feel comfortable using it.

“I’ve got to be honest, that came after I’d been doing it for a while,” she tells EW. “I was pretty insecure in the beginning; I always felt like I wasn’t that good. I started playing music with people in what eventually turned into a band when I was 13, and I was singing only because it was the vehicle for the poetry I used to write.”

Lee laughs as she reflects on being a “wannabe dramatic 11-, 12-, 13-year-old” who poured all of her emotions into those poems — along with her original dream of becoming the next Mozart. “I wanted to write genius symphonic opuses and impress everyone with my skills that I didn’t have,” she says. “I was kind of halfway down the path of realizing that that would be an extreme challenge when grunge hit and I started playing with boys in bands.”

Yet she credits joining choir in junior high as a major factor in her becoming a singer, a role she initially saw as “blending in” rather than standing out. It wasn’t until she realized how much people liked her voice that she gained the necessary confidence to bare her soul on her own. “The more I did it, the more positive attention I received,” she says, adding with a chuckle, “Ugh that feels so weird and insecure to say it that way! I don’t feel that way now.” [READ MORE]

Celebrating International Women’s Day

10 Unforgettable Amy Lee Evanescence Moments

Evanescence will release their newest album, The Bitter Truth, on March 26. To celebrate the band’s massive career, we put together these unforgettable moments from Evanescence legend Amy Lee.

It was only a matter of time before everyone’s childhood was captured on camera, and a high school recital tape of Amy Lee made it all the way to YouTube. The duet of Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection” was actually posted by the guy who sings alongside Lee and was filmed on an ancient Hi-8 camera in Little Rock, Ark. From the very beginning of the performance, it’s plain to see how talented even a young Amy was. [READ MORE]

ICYMI! Watch the Full 2021 She Rocks Awards

Welcome to the She Rocks Awards sponsored by Positive Grid. Check out inspiring speeches and performances by The Go-Go’s, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Margaret Cho, Cherie Currie, Cindy Blackman Santana and many more. Watch it live!

Here’s the full list of honorees:

– The Go-Go’s—the first all-female band to top the Billboard charts that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments
– Nancy Wilson—GRAMMY award-winning member of the multi-platinum band Heart
– Cherie Currie—founding member of the pioneering all-female rock band The Runaways
– Cindy Blackman Santana—respected jazz and rock drummer with Santana and Lenny Kravitz among many others
– Amy Lee—co-founder and lead vocalist for the rock band Evanescence
– Margaret Cho—Emmy and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter
– Starr Parodi—composer, pianist, conductor, arranger, music director and president of The Alliance For Women Film Composers
– Ann Mincieli—Grammy-winning recording engineer, studio coordinator for Alicia Keys and co-founder of NYC-destination studio Jungle City
– Sharon Hennessey—co-president and co-owner of The Music People
– Gwen Riley—Senior VP of Music for Peloton Interactive
– Kim Warnick—Director of the non-profit group Calling All Crows

Evanescence’s Amy Lee Gets Back to Life

Amy Lee misses Brooklyn. She lived there for 12 years with her husband (and later their son, born in 2015), before they left their apartment for Nashville a year ago.

“The perfect year,” she says with an eye roll over Zoom. Lee had hoped to be closer to her family in Arkansas and friends in Nashville when she moved, only to find herself stuck at home with the rest of the world. “We haven’t gotten [to see people] as much as we would have liked to because of Covid, but now we are here, and we will be set up for a better next year,” she adds optimistically.

That’s not the only plan she’s had to readjust: Earlier this year, her alt-metal band, Evanescence, returned to the studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz, writing and recording songs for what will be their first album of new material since 2011’s Evanescence. While the pandemic slowed them down, the group has forged onward, working remotely at first and later, after getting negative Covid tests, at a Nashville studio. In April, they released the sobering power ballad “Wasted on You” as the lead single from their very much in-progress LP, The Bitter Truth, which is due to be released in early 2021. [READ MORE]

AMA on Reddit and Hear The Chain (from Gears 5)

 

“We Instantly Connected in a Beautiful Way”

Check out the song “Love Goes On and On!”

Beyond the Boys’ Club: Amy Lee of Evanescence

Beyond the Boys’ Club is a monthly column from journalist and radio host Anne Erickson, focusing on women in rock and metal music, as they offer their perspectives on the music industry and discuss their personal experiences. This month’s piece features an interview with Amy Lee of Evanescence.

There’s no denying that Evanescence were a game changer. When Amy Lee and company came on the scene in the early 2000s, it was a time when mainstream and active rock radio had nothing but male artists on the charts. Evanescence found themselves an anomaly alongside bands such as Limp Bizkit, Creed, and others on the active-rock radio airwaves.

Fast-forward to today, and mainstream rock radio plays a bevy of female-fronted bands, from In This Moment to Halestorm to The Pretty Reckless.

It’s safe to say Evanescence played a large part in mainstream-rock radio opening its mind to playing a female voice on the airwaves, although Lee is humble about it.

“It’s hard to really take credit, because for me, there were a lot of women that came before me,” Lee tells Heavy Consequence. “There’s Shirley Manson — there were some powerful women in my sphere in the ‘90s and the alternative era that we’re killing it. Gwen Stefani, too.”

“It’s not like I was the first-first, but to go into that active-rock space and be able to break through like we did, I did see that it was special.”

Lee spoke with Heavy Consequence for the latest Beyond the Boys’ Club column, discussing the obstacles she faced early on in her career, the rise of women in hard rock and metal over the years, her recent experience touring with a full orchestra, new Evanescence music, and more. [Full Article]