Amy Lee

Amy Lynn Lee (born December 13,1981 in Riverside, California)is an American singer,songwriter and pianist.She is a founding member and lead singer of the Grammy Award winning rock band Evanescence. Her influences range from classical musicians such as Mozart to modern artists like Björk, Tori Amos, Danny Elfman, Radiohead,and Plumb.


Early life and the founding of Evanescence:

Amy Lee was born to parents John Lee,a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara 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.' She took classical piano lessons for nine years. Her family moved to many places, including Florida and Illinois,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 before recording two EPs, Evanescence EP (in 1998) and then the Sound Asleep EP (in 1999). Another song, "You", was written by Amy Lee, but was never intended to be released. Rumors, though unsubstantiated, circulated that when "You" was leaked, she asked people to stop distributing the song and its lyrics.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, spent 52 weeks in the Billboard Top 10 and has sold over 14 million 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."

On December 1, 2005, former Evanescence manager Dennis Rider filed a lawsuit against Lee for breach of contract. The suit claims Rider was prematurely and unjustly terminated from his position as manager of Evanescence.

In return, Lee filed a counter-suit against Rider for "breach of fiduciary duty, sexual assault and battery, professional negligence, currency conversion, and other charges". The suit also claims Rider "neglected Lee's career and business and has focused his efforts on having extramarital affairs, hiding them from his wife, becoming intoxicated during business meetings, physically abusing women and boasting about it, making repeated unwelcome sexual advances toward Lee, receiving fees in excess of what was provided for in his management agreement and using Lee's corporate credit card to purchase gifts for his mistress."

Rider's attorney, Bert Deixler, claimed in a statement that Rider had fully performed all of the duties and obligations owed by the firm under the management agreement, and that he had always conducted himself by the highest professional standards


Lee revealed on January 9, 2007 during MuchMusic's Live @ Much that she was engaged the previous night, January 8. She later confirmed on that she was asked the question.