Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist
Ben Moody, who met at a youth camp. Their first full-length album, Fallen,
sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
1995-2012 (on hiatus)
After experimenting with band names, such as 'Childish Intentions' and 'Stricken', they decided on Evanescence,
which means "disappearance" or "fading away" (from the word evanesce, which means "to disappear").
- lead vocals, piano, keyboards, harp
Terry Balsamo - lead guitar
Tim McCord - bass
Will Hunt - drums
(2010-present; live member 2007)
Troy McLawhorn - rhythm guitar
(2011-present; live member 2007)
Ben Moody - lead guitar
David Hodges - keyboards, piano, drums, backing vocals
Rocky Gray - drums, percussion
(2003-2007; live member 2002-2003)
John LeCompt - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
(2003-2007; live member 2002-2003)
Will Boyd - bass guitar
Did You Know
• Amy Lee took classical piano lessons for nine years
and wrote her first song when when she was eleven, entitled "Eternity of the Remorse".
Lee wrote the song
Call Me When You're Sober
about Shaun Morgan of Seether
who she was in a
relationship with from 2003 to 2005.
• Lee had a younger sister who died in 1987 at the age of three from an unidentified illness.
were reported to have been written for her late sister
I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn't, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don't think any of my relatives are surprised. When we younger, Ben would come over and I'd come down the steps wearing some huge petticoat that I stole from school."- Amy
"I think that our lyrics are defintely dark, but I know for a fact that we pull our inspiration from a million different influences. We listened to everything growing up. Our music isn't just 'opera metal' or 'gothic pop' it's just Evanescence"- Amy
"I didn't want the attention of some counsellor coming up to me and being like, 'Are you okay? You don't have any friends! Let me buddy you up with Chris and you guys can hang out!'" - Amy about camp
"I like to use two basic elements for my clothing: rock... you know, metal and chains and stuff â mixed with fairies and drama and Victorian clothing â fantasy." - Amy about her wardrobe
"...Sometimes i was definately very depressed, sometimes i was very anti-social, other times, other days i was pretty cool. i didnt have a clique of friends. in general i never liked hanging out with a big group of people, i feel, very, i dont know, kind of uncomfortable. im just an intimate person, im very comfortable hanging out with one person."-when asked what type of teenager Amy was growing up.
" I think its a really sick thing that we ever had to talk about our religion at all. i never wanted it to be a part of my career, i believe in the seperation of church and state.This is my work, this is my job and id rather not talk about it."-Amy on religion.
"When people put their pants on they just put their pants on, When I put my pants on I make gold records" -Ben
"He's full of crap. He signs *everything.* - Amy about Ben giving autos
"It's weird when you open up Billboard...because you see your name next to 50 Cent and Madonna. I mean, 50 Cent who I grew up on for the last month." - Ben
Teen Choice Award for Choice Music Rock Track - Bring Me To Life
Kerrang! Award for Best International Newcomer
Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance - Bring Me To Life
and Best New Artist
World Music Award for WORLD'S BEST ROCK ARTIST
Kerrang! Award for Sexiest Female - Amy Lee
MTV Australia Award for Album of the Year - The Open Door
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica for Best Rock Artist - International
National Music Publishers Association - Songwriter Icon Award - Amy Lee
Loudwire Music Award for Rock Song of the Year - What You Want
Loudwire Music Award for Comeback of the Year
Revolver Golden Gods Award for Best Vocalist - Amy Lee