amy lee

Birthname: Amy Lynn Lee 
Date of birth: 1981-12-13 
Birthplace: Riverside, California, USA 
Height: 5' 4" 
Nationality: American 
Profession: Musician 

Amy Lynn Lee (born December 13 1981 in Riverside, California) is an American singer and songwriter. She is a founding member and lead singer of the Grammy Award winning rock band Evanescence. She possesses a wide vocal range, and while traditionally an alto singer, she is also able to sing in the mezzo-soprano range.


Early life and the founding of Evanescence

Lee was born to parents John Lee, a drum and bass DJ, and Sarah Cargill. She has one brother, Robby, and two sisters, Carrie and Lori. Lee had a third sister, who died in 1987 at the age of three from an unidentified illness. The song "Hello" from the Fallen album was written in her memory. Amy has stated previously that she will never sing "Hello" live, but on a home video has said that she has not sung it live "yet", which leaves a possibility of her doing so in the future. "Like You" from The Open Door was also about her sister; the lyrics are: 'I long to be like you, sis.' but finally settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Evanescence started. She graduated from Pulaski Academy in 2000 and also briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University.
She founded the band with Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp when Lee was playing Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)" on the piano. Within a month, the pair were playing acoustic sets at Arkansas book stores and coffee houses Many, but not all, lyrics websites took down their content for "You". In 2000, Evanescence recorded the longer EP Origin. This demo contains three songs which were used on the debut album Fallen and was written by Lee and Moody: "Whisper", "Imaginary", and "My Immortal". Whereas "Whisper" and "Imaginary" underwent further modifications before being included on Fallen, "My Immortal" is virtually identical. A later "band version" of "My Immortal" was made available for download for those who had bought an official version of Fallen through their official web site, but required that a CD checker program also be downloaded for verification before it would play. The "band version" was included on later versions of Fallen, notably the Brazilian and Argentinian Editions.

Fallen and lawsuit

Her first major album with Evanescence, Fallen, has been certified 6x Platinum, copies worldwide.
Then on October 22, 2003, guitarist Ben left the band stating the reasons for his departure were "creative differences." In an interview several months later, Amy said: "We'd gotten to a point that if something didn't change, we wouldn't have been able to make a second record." She also said "We're finally a real band, not just Ben and I and a few others thrown together."

The Open Door

Lee was working on the opening theme of and writing additional music for the film, but the music was rejected. However, Lee has been quoted as saying that the rejected material is "just more great stuff for the new album". 
There was some speculation that the song had been cut and used in several tracks though Lee has stated that this is not true. Though unconfirmed, part of it is believed to be used as the introduction to "Good Enough".
Released in North America on October 3, 2006, the album was leaked almost a month earlier, on September 4, 2006.


Lee has a trademark neo-goth 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 and the dress she wore at the 2004 Grammy awards. After she designed it she chose Japanese designer H. Naoto to make it for her, although she does sometimes make her own clothes. In concerts, she often wears a corset and fishnets, and used to have a notable piercing on her left eyebrow which is visible on the cover of Fallen.
Many fans praise Lee for her refusal to emulate other celebrities by using sex appeal in her music. 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).

Other projects

In 2000, Lee sang guest vocals on two of former Evanescence keyboardist David Hodges' songs: "Breathe" (The Summit Church: Summit Worship) and the unreleased "Fall Into You". She also performed backup vocals on "Missing You", a song on Big Dismal's 2003 debut album Believe. Lee later performed a duet with her ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan on the track "Broken" for Seether's 2004 album Disclaimer II. The song was also featured as part of the soundtrack for the 2004 film The Punisher.
2006 has seen Lee become the American Chairperson for Out of the Shadows, an international foundation with the goal of educating others about epilepsy. Lee's younger brother was previously diagnosed with this condition. Most recently, the singer made a brief guest appearance in the music video for Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down".

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