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AMY LEE ~ THE DARK DIVA~ The EVANESCENCE Thread #1

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EARLY LIFE

Lee was born to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill. She has one brother, Robby, and two sisters, Carrie and Lori. Lee had a younger sister who died in 1987 at the age of three from an unidentified illness. The song "Hello" from Fallen has been reported to have been written for her late sister, as well as the song "Like You" from The Open Door. Lee took classical piano lessons for nine years. Her family moved to many places, including Florida and Illinois, and eventually settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Evanescence started. She briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University to study music theory and composition and later dropped out to focus on Evanescence.

In an interview on AOL Music, Lee said that the first songs she remembered writing were called "Eternity of the Remorse" and "A Single Tear". The first was written when she was eleven years old and wanted to become a classical composer, and the second was for an assignment when she was in the eighth grade.

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APPEARANCE

Lee has a recognizable fashion style, marked by her occasional use of gothic make-up and taste for Victorian-styled clothing. She also designs many of her own clothes, including those worn in the music video for "Going Under", the dress she wore at the 2004 Grammy awards, and the dress worn for the cover of The Open Door. After she designed it she chose Japanese designer H. Naoto to make it for her. In concerts, she often wears a corset-top and fishnets, as well as long skirts and knee-high boots. She at one point had a piercing on her left eyebrow, which is visible on the cover of Fallen.

She has stated on a number of occasions that she would never flash her breasts or engage in other publicity stunts that would draw attention to herself. In fact, in the music video for "Everybody's Fool", she aimed to mock such artists by suggesting that celebrities who use sex to appeal to an audience are, in fact, merely peddling "lies" (the unifying theme of the music video). Many fans praise Lee for her refusal to emulate other celebrities by using sex appeal in her music.

In 2006, Blender listed Lee as one of the hottest women in rock alongside such singers as Joan Jett, Courtney Love and Liz Phair.

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  • EVANESCENCE

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    Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording private albums, the band released their first full-length album, Fallen, on Wind-up Records in 2003. Fallen sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and helped the band win two Grammy Awards. A year later, Evanescence released their first live album, Anywhere but Home, which sold more than one million copies worldwide. In 2006, the band released their second studio album, The Open Door, which sold more than five million copies.

    The line-up of the band has changed several times: David Hodges leaving in 2002, co-founder Moody left in 2003 (mid-tour), bassist Will Boyd in 2006, followed by guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray in 2007. The last two changes led to a hiatus, with temporary band members contributing to tour performances. In June 2009, it was announced on the Evanescence website that the band was working on new material for a third studio album for release in the second half of 2010.

    AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

    1.) GRAMMY AWARDS
    A. 2004
    a.1. Evanescence - Best New Artist - WON
    a.2. Bring Me To Life - Best Hardrock Performance - WON
    a.3. Fallen - Album of The Year - nominated
    a.4. Fallen - Best Rock Album - nominated
    a.5. Bring Me To Life - Best Rock Song - nominated
    B. 2005
    b.1. My Immortal - Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - nominated
    C. 2008
    c.1. Sweet Sacrifice - Best Hardrock Performance - nominated

    2.) MTV EMA AWARDS
    A. 2003
    a.1. Bring Me To Life - Best Song - nominated
    a.2. Evanescence - Best Group - nominated
    a.3. Evanescence - Best New Act - nominated
    B. 2006
    b.1. Evanescence - Best rock - nominated
    C. 2007
    c.1. Evanescence - Rock Out - nominated

    3.) KERRANG! AWARDS
    A. 2003
    a.1. Evanescence - Best International Newcomer - WON
    B. 2007
    b.1. Amy Lee - Sexiest Female - WON

    4.) MTV AUSTRALIA AWARDS
    A. 2007
    a.1. The Open Door - Album of The Year - WON

    5.) WORLD MUSIC AWARDS
    A. 2004
    a.1. - Evanescence - Best Rock Artist - WON
  • ALBUMS

    First Album: FALLEN

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    Fallen is the debut album by American rock band Evanescence. It was released through Wind-up Records on March 4, 2003. The album is the band's most successful album to date, with more than seven million copies sold in the United States, and over fifteen million copies worldwide. This album also earned the band five nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards; Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Hard Rock Performance for Bring Me to Life, and Best New Artist. The band went on to win Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance.

    Tracklisting:
    1.) Going Under
    2.) Bring Me To Life
    3.) Evrybody's Fool
    4.) My Immortal
    5.) Haunted
    6.) Torniquet
    7.) Imaginary
    8.) Taking Over Me
    9.) Hello
    10.) My Last Breath
    11.) Whisper

    Music Videos:

    1.) Going Under
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF5ODtDRNGU

    2.) Bring Me Life
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u94-kdMYAL0

    3.) My Immortal
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtIdjRMAMMw

    4.) Everybody's Fool
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck1-blT820s

    CHART
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  • 2nd Album: THE OPEN DOOR

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    The Open Door is the second studio album released by American rock band Evanescence. To date, it has spawned five singles and been supported by two worldwide tours. The album was certified platinum in the United States just over a month after its release, and has since sold more than five million copies worldwide.

    Tracklisting:
    1.) Sweet Sacrifice
    2.) Call Me When You're Sober
    3.) Weight of The World
    4.) Lithium
    5.) Cloud Nine
    6.) Snow White Queen
    7.) Lacrymosa
    8.) Like You
    9.) Lose Control
    10.) The Only One
    11.) Your Star
    12.) All That I'm Living For
    13.) Good Enough

    Music Videos

    1.) Call Me When You're Sober
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLHRbRwsdyE

    2.) Lithium
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxPv48jphg

    3.) Sweet Sacrifice
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-pSifM4UnM

    4.) Good Enough
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iY06X7GGV4

    CHART PEAK POSITIONS
    U.S. Billboard 200 - 1
    Australia Top 50 Albums - 1
    Austria Top 75 Albums - 2
    Belgium Top 50 Albums - 9
    Canada Top 50 Albums - 2
    Czech Republic Top 50 Albums - 4
    Danish Top 40 Albums - 5
    Estonian Top 100 Albums - 4
    European Albums Chart - 1
    Finnish Top 40 Albums - 5
    French Top 100 Albums - 2
    German Top 100 Albums - 1
    Greek International Albums - 1
    Irish Top 75 Albums - 3
    Italian Albums Chart - 2
    Netherlands Top 100 Albums - 2
    New Zealand Top 40 Albums - 2
    Norway Top 40 Albums - 3
    Sweden Top 60 Albums - 2
    Switzerland Top 100 Albums - 1
    UK Top 75 Albums - 2
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    EXCLUSIVE: AMY LEE TALKING ABOUT THE UPCOMING THIRD ALBUM

    After much anticipation, Evanescence front woman, Amy Lee confirmed today that Evanescence is in fact going into the studio this week to work on their third studio album with Grammy Award Winning producer Steve Lillywhite. The band's new album is scheduled for a late Fall 2010 release date.

    "I can't explain how excited I am to make this record, said Amy Lee. "Over the past year and a half these songs have become the center of my life, and I can't wait to hear what they grow into in the studio. I think our sound is evolving into something that will surprise people, in a very good way. I feel, as always, that growth can be an incredible, limitless thing if you let it. I never want to make the same album twice."

    Evanescence singer Amy Lee is over the drama.

    "There's a lot of ******** related to that band name for me," Lee tells SPIN.com, "but I'm ready to move past it. I've realized that Evanescence is who I am."

    She's not kidding about the ********. Since their 2003 Grammy-winning, multi-platinum debut Fallen rocketed the Little Rock, AR, natives to world stardom, the group have been plagued by in-fighting and lineup changes, beginning with the departure of co-founder Ben Moody. In a very public 2006 spat, the last remaining original members -- guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray -- left or were fired, and soon joined Moody to form We Are the Fallen with ex-American Idol finalist Carly Smithson on vocals.

    Evanescence is also moving on. The goth-rock outfit will release their first album since 2006 this September, with a new lineup -- and a new sound.

    Lee, guitarist Terry Balsamo, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, and the band's newest member, producer, songwriter, and studio whiz Will "Science" Hunt (that's right -- the band has two guys named "Will Hunt"), are recording the album in a New York studio with producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones). And they're taking Evanescence's characteristically heavy, goth-rock sound in an electro-pop direction inspired by Lee's favorite bands: Massive Attack, Bjork, and Portishead.

    "The album has sounds that are distorted, changed, reversed," says Lee. "There's a lot of that fun stuff going on."

    Below, she tells SPIN.com more about the record, her former bandmates, and her favorite hobby: painting.

    How did you get a second guy named Will Hunt in your band?That's freaky.
    [Laughs] Well, part of getting back to Evanescence was the new Will Hunt. I met this Will -- I call him Will "Science" Hunt because he does a lot of programming and beats -- when we recorded "Sally's Song" for Nightmare Revisited.

    Evanescence took about two years off. Why return now?
    For a long time I didn't know what I wanted to do. I really love scoring film and that was definitely where my head was. I took a few stabs at doing that, but then I started writing more songs. I had such a good time in the studio with Will "Science" Hunt recording "Sally's Song" -- it was a cool, free, creative space. So we thought, "Why don't we just try writing an original song?" He has a studio in Forth Worth, TX, and we spent two days down there writing and a new song came out that was so different -- it was dark and inspiring. It was a groove that I hadn't found in a long time. So we spent all of last year writing like crazy and somewhere halfway through I said, "You know, I think we're writing an Evanescence album."

    Tell us about that first song you guys wrote
    "Hi-Lo." It's a working title. It's going in an electro-pop direction -- there are no organic instruments. It's a Portishead or Massive Attack direction, and lyrically it's about moving on, but in a very non-confrontational, non-angry way. It's just, "Hey, everything that happened, I'm over it and I'm not mad at you."

    Will fans of Evanescence's heavy sound be surprised?
    Well, it's definitely still heavy. Like The Open Door, the new songs are a rainbow of sounds. But this album spreads out even more. There are moments that are amazingly heavy, but then there are moments that are completely stripped down.

    Did you write the entire album together?
    Most of it. He was definitely my big inspiration and co-writer. Some songs I wrote by myself, and I wrote a little bit with Terry [Balsamo, guitarist] and Tim [McCord, bassist] as well. I have a studio in my home and I flew Will "Science" out here a lot. And we'd work by ourselves then email each other ideas to play with, sort of like a Postal Service method. The songwriting and sound is inspired by a lot of our mutual loves -- Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, and music with a lot of programming and sounds that feel larger than life.

    How did you hook up with producer Steve Lillywhite?
    We decided it would be good to have another brain in the room to provide some perspective, since we've been living with the demos for so long. Steve Lillywhite randomly called my record label said, "Hey, what's Amy Lee and Evanescence doing? I'd really like to work with her." I thought that was really interesting. I honestly wouldn't have thought of him if he hadn't called. So we went to lunch and I showed him some of the songs. He really loved them and wanted to do it!

    It's an interesting fit, considering his work with U2 and the Rolling Stones.
    True. And this album isn't going to sound like either of those bands, that's for sure. It's not an organic record. Our idea is to take synthetic and atmospheric sounds and find a way to blur the line between organic and synthetic.

    Is this direction a byproduct of listening to any new music?
    I think so. There is something really cool happening in music right now. There are bands that sound like they're from another time -- it's like '80s throwback music with analogue synthesizers and Moogs. I love it. I've been listening to a lot of La Roux.

    Is there a lyrical theme?
    I write about what I'm going through at the time. There are moments of, "Hey, I'm over it and I'm good" and others of fun sarcasm like, "Hey, everything's not the most dramatic thing in the world." But it gets really, really, really deep in places, too. That's probably why it's been really hard to pick an album title. [Laughs] But lyrically, it's a more real version of myself. I'm saying things that I would've been afraid to say before. I'm more confident and more comfortable.

    When we last spoke in 2008, you were writing Celtic inspired songs for a solo album. Any plans for that?
    I was in a very different creative space then, before hooking up with Will "Science." I wrote a couple of songs that are good, but in a totally different direction. Nothing from that period is making it to the new record.

    Other than music, what does Amy Lee do in her spare time?
    I love to paint. I've been working on this one painting for a year and a half. It has a lot of tiny sea creatures and I keep going back to it, but it has become this daunting project. When I need to free my brain, that's one of the things that I do. I have also been playing the harp. When Evanescence took time off, I bought a big concert harp and started taking lessons like I was in high school again, which was really, really fun. I felt like I was learning again. I'm definitely going to use it on this album.

    What are your thoughts on We Are the Fallen?
    I don't have any. I doesn't have anything to do with me or Evanescence.

    Would it be safe to say that you haven't talked to Ben, John, or Rocky?
    Oh yeah, that's very safe to say.

    It sounds like you've over the drama and revitalized.
    I am, definitely. I'm in a new headspace. I'm good with me and I don't need everybody else's approval.

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    THE THIRD ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED LATE THIS YEAR!!!:bop:
  • So any Amy Lee or Evanescence band fans out there???

    Well, feel free to post!!!
  • how come there's no thread for the talented Amy Lee here? Or I just can't find it?

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    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amy-Lee/169400337801?v=wall
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