Introduction and Early Life:
Amy Lee is an American singer-songwriter and pianist best known for being the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence.
Born in Riverside, California on December 13, 1981, her father was a well-known disc jockey and media personality. Lee graduated from Pulaski Academy in 2000 and studied music theory and composition at Middle Tennessee State University for a brief period. She met Ben Moody at a youth camp, while she was performing Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” on the piano. Moody was quite impressed with her performance and the duo started their musical partnership within a month. They performed in small book stores and coffee houses.
Career and Musical Achievements:
Amy Lee has cited Björk, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, Portishead, and Nirvana as her primary musical influences. She is known for her trademark gothic style and Victorian-styled dresses that she designs herself. She is often praised by her fans for her refusal to use sex appeal in her music.
Lee’s contributions were crucial to the success of Evanescence studio albums, including Fallen (2003), The Open Door (2006), and Evanescence (2011). When Moody left the band due to “creative differences” in October 2003, he was replaced by Terry Balsamo, the former guitarist of the alternative metal band Cold.
Awards and Accolades:
Amy Lee has won several awards and accolades. The National Music Publishers Association honored her with Songwriter Icon Award in June 2008. Lee was named the 2012 Rock Goddess of the Year in the Loudwire Music Awards, and was presented with the Best Vocalist honor at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
Amy Lee is often ranked one of the hottest women in rock music. She was in a relationship with Seether singer Shaun Morgan from 2003 to 2005. Lee married Josh Hartzler, a therapist and long-time friend, in May 2007. Their first child, Jack Lion Hartzler, was born in July 2014.