Amy Lee is the founder, singer and songwriter of the internationally renowned musical group Evanescence which has sold nearly 20 million records worldwide with more than 8 million in the U.S. alone. They won two Grammy Awards with their major-label debut Fallen forBest New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for the song Bring Me To Life, and aGrammy nomination for their second album, The Open Door.
Fallen spent more than 100 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, was certified gold or platinum in over 35 countries, and sold out arenas globally. Anywhere But Home, their 2004 live DVD release, has sold over one million copies to date. The Open Door debuted at the top of the Billboard charts in October 2006 selling more than 447,000 units in its first week and reached platinum status in just over a month.
Amy Lee’s songs range between feelings of hope and hopelessness, introspection, longing, doubt, desire, loss, self-respect and empowerment. Amy’s songs and sound, a nearly mystical marriage between rock and classical, was formed by a curious duality. Amy, who spent nine years studying classical piano, explains, “When I was in high school I listened to a lot of metal bands. Both genres are intricate, complex types of music that are very dramatic, and I’m naturally drawn to that.”
The inherent drama in Amy’s music – a kind of audio odyssey that can turn on a dime from piano-led introspection to hammering guitar – has resonated with listeners everywhere. The music’s core, which ranges from subtle to aggressive, finds a counterpart in Amy’s passionate vocals, lyrics that forge a connection with audiences searching for identity or struggling with feelings of desire, hope love and loss.
In June 2008, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) honored Amy with its prestigious 2008 Songwriter Icon Award at the NMPA’s Annual Meeting in New York City.