Evanescence Artistfacts

  • 1996-
    Amy LeeLead vocals
    Ben MoodyGuitar, bass, drums1996–2003
    David HodgesKeyboards1999-2002
    Terry BalsamoGuitar2003-2015
    Will BoydBass2003–2006
    John LeComptGuitar2003-2007
    Rocky GrayDrums2003-2007
    Tim McCord Bass2006-
    Will HuntDrums2007-
    Troy McLawhornGuitar2011-
    Jen MajuraGuitar2015-2022
  • The band takes a lot of time between albums, partly because logistics are tough, but also because Amy Lee likes to pursue other interests to goose inspiration. In between their albums The Open Door (2006) and Evanescence (2011), she learned to play harp and used the instrument to write "My Heart Is Broken."
  • Evanescence won the Grammy for Best New Artist of 2003, beating out 50 Cent, who went on stage anyway and walked past the band while they were accepting their award.
  • "Bring Me To Life" was first heard in the 2003 movie Daredevil and featured on the soundtrack. "My Immortal" was also in the film and on the soundtrack, but that song had appeared on various EPs and demos. Exposure in the film gave the songs a big boost and helped spur sales of their debut album Fallen, which was released a few weeks later.
  • Few female-fronted bands were having success when Evanescence emerged. The last group with a female lead singer to have a string of hits was No Doubt, which had been extant for over a decade.
  • By the time their first album Fallen was set for release, they had issued some material on their own (sometimes sold at shows) that had made its way onto the internet. After their music appeared in Daredevil, many folks downloaded this older material from peer-to-peer sites. The band endeared themselves to fans by encouraging it, since they wanted to get their music out there.
  • They formed in Little Rock, Arkansas. Moody and Lee met at a Christian youth camp in 1996 (he was 14, she was 13) and started working on songs together. Moody and Lee dated for a time, but found they were better suited as friends (she refers to him as her "best friend" in the Fallen liner notes.
  • In their early years, Hodges, Moody and Lee were very close and even lived together for a while. Hodges and Moody remained very close, but as they reached the cusp of stardom, tensions with Lee escalated, and Hodges left four months before their debut album Fallen was released. Moody found himself miserable even as the album was selling millions of copies, and abruptly left in October 2003 in the middle of a tour, leaving Lee the only original member.

    Hodges and Moody later teamed up to write and produce the Kelly Clarkson hit "Because Of You."
  • "Evanescence" is a real word - it means vanishing quickly, like vapor.
  • Amy Lee wanted music to be her career from an early age. She told Teamrock.com:

    "My earliest big memory of what made me go, 'I want to be a musician, I have to be,' was when I saw the movie Amadeus and I was completely obsessed with Mozart. I was like, nine. I wanted to be that, a composer. It wasn't about being in a rock band, it was about making that music that made me feel so passionately."


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