Amy Lee
Birth Date:
December 13, 1981
Birth Place:
Riverside, California, USA
5' 4
Famous for:
Vocalist of the band Evanescence
Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas (graduated in 2000)
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Vocalist of Evanescence


“I am Evanescence. I am the only original member. I have basically hired the band. Evanescence has become me. It is mine and it's exactly how I want it to be.” Amy Lee

Amy Lee is an American singer and songwriter and classically trained pianist, who is best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of the Grammy Award winning rock band Evanescence. The band's first major album, “Fallen” (2003), was an immense commercial success, and produced the hit singles “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal.” The album sold over 17 million copies worldwide and helped the group win two Grammy Awards. The second album “The Open Door” (2006) sold over 6 million units worldwide. Their latest album, “Evanescence,” was released in October 2011.

“I'm glad that people are accepting our music and are connected to our art. Whether we're popular or not, I don't care.” Amy Lee

Lee has performed collaborations with artists like David Hodges, Korn and Seether. She also has taken part in Walt Disney Records' 2008 release of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack.

Lee has been married to husband Josh Hartzler since 2007. She was previously in a relationship with Shaun Morgan of the band Seether. Lee, who was named Kerrang! Magazine's “Sexiest Female” in 2006, is a spokesperson for the National Epilepsy Foundation, in America. She mentions Tori Amos, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, NIN (Trent Reznor), Björk and Coldplay among her favorite artists.    

Most Talented

Childhood and Family:

Amy Lynn Lee was born on December 13, 1981, in Riverside, California, to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargil, a homemaker. She was named after the 70s song “Amie.” While growing up, she and her family relocated often to several places, including West Palm Beach, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and eventually Little Rock Arkansas, where she started her band.  Amy has two sisters, Carrie and Laurie, and a brother, Robbie. She had another sister named Bonnie, who died at age 3, when Amy was 6 years old. Years after her sister's death, she wrote the song “Hello” for her family. According to Amy, the song is so personal that she cannot perform it live at concerts.  

Amy graduated from Pulaski Academy, a private elementary and junior/senior high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2000. She appeared in many plays and was a president of the choir council her senior year. She was voted “Most Talented” in high school. After high school, she briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University to study music theory and composition. However, she later dropped out to concentrate on her music career. A classically trained pianist, Amy studied classical piano for nine years in her youth.

On January 8, 2007, Amy was engaged to her longtime friend and boyfriend Josh Hartzler, a therapist based in New York City. The couple married on May 6, 2007 at Amy's family home in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bring Me to Life


Amy Lee co-founded the rock band Evanescence with guitarist Ben Moody in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995. They met a year before at a youth camp in Little Rock, where Moody heard Lee playing Meat Loaf's “I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)” on the piano. The two soon performed acoustic set at local book stores and coffee houses, and in 1998, they recorded a debut EP called “Evanescence.” Another EP, “Sound Asleep / Whisper,”  followed in August 1999. They sold the EPs at various local venues. The band's first full-length demo CD, “Origin,” was released on November 4, 2000 through Bigwig Enterprises. About 2,500 units were produced and sold at the band's live concerts in Arkansas. It comprised of three songs from “Fallen” and was written by Lee and Moody: “Whisper,” “Imaginary” and “My Immortal.” The band also had an EP called “Mystary” (2003).

Evanescence signed with their first major label, Wind-up Records, in January 2001, and by early 2003, the band's lineup had been completed by Lee and Moody's friends, guitarist John LeCompt, drummer Rocky Gray and bassist Will Boyd. The band's first studio album “Fallen” was launched on March 4, 2003. It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with over 141,000 units sold in its first week. The album eventually reached its peak at No. 3 in June 2003, and has been certified 7X platinum by the RIAA, for selling over 7.6 million copies in the Unites States alone. “Fallen” also enjoyed a strong charting success in other countries like the UK (#1), Australia (#1), Austria (#1), France (#2), Germany (#2), New Zealand (#2), The Netherlands (#2) and Switzerland (#2). The album has sold over 17 million worldwide. “Fallen” was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album at the 46th Grammy Awards, where Evanescence won the category of Best New Artist.   

The lead single from “Fallen,” “Bring Me to Life” (2003), featuring guest vocals from Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, was a major commercial and critical success for the band. The song, which Lee wrote with Moody and David Hodges, reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum in the US. It gave the band with their first No.1 hit in both the UK and Australia. The song also charted in the Top 10 in many other countries, including Germany (#3), Switzerland (#6), France (#5), Austria (#3), New Zealand (#3) and the Netherlands (#10). The song won the Best Hard Rock Performance honor at the 46th Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Rock Song.

Released on September 9, 2003, the follow up single “Going Under,” which Lee wrote with Moody and Hodges, failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to reach No. 5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and No. 26 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. It charted in the top forty in every country and it was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Written by Lee and Moody, “My Immortal” was released as the third single from “Fallen” on December 8, 2003. The song provided the band with their second Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when it peaked at No. 7 on April 10, 2004, and it was certified gold by the RIAA. The song also charted within the Top 10 in other countries like New Zealand (#2), Australia (#4), where it was certified platinum by the ARIA, Germany (#5), the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland (all #7).  “Immortal” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2005.          

The fourth and final single “Everybody's Fool,”  which was also written by the trio of Lee, Moody and Hodges, peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Alternative Songs, No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 23 in Australia.     

On October 22, 2003, seven months after the release of “Fallen,” Moody departed Evanescence citing creative differences. He was replaced by guitarist Terry Balsalmo. Commenting on Ben Moody's decision to leave the band, she stated, “The fact that he left the band, it wasn't like it killed me and hurt my feelings and made me feel like I lost a friend, it was actually more of a relief because he'd been so unhappy on tour recently that it was making everyone else unhappy. We all hope he's happier now.”

On November 23, 2004, Lee and her bandmates released their first live album, “Anywhere but Home,” which includes all four of their “Fallen” music videos, an hour of behind the scenes features, and a recording of a concert at Le Zénith in Paris. Lee produced the album with James O'Brien and Dave Fortman. “Anywhere but Home” peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold in both the US and Australia.

Evanescence released the sophomore effort “The Open Door” on September 25, 2006 through Wind-up Records. It was originally intended to be released in March 2006, but it had to be delayed because of guitarist Terry Balsamo's stroke, the loss of the band's former manager and the departure of Ben Moody and then Will Boyd (in 2006) from the band. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and in other countries like Australia, Germany, Greece and Switzerland. It sold more than 447,000 copies in its first week and it has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA. The album has sold more than 5 million worldwide. The first single “Call Me When You're Sober,” which was written by Lee and Terry Balsamo, reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's third Top 10 single on the chart, No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 5 on the Australian Singles Chart. It was certified platinum by the RIAA and gold by the ARIA. The second single “Lithium,” which was written solely by Lee and produced by David Fortman, failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the Top 40 on both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The third single “Sweet Sacrifice,” which Lee wrote with Balsamo, received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for a 2008 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The song peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.

Following the departure of guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray in 2007, Evanescence took a hiatus, with temporary band members contributing to tour performances. The band did not resurface with a new studio album until they released the eponymous “Evanescence” on
October 7, 2011, with the lineup of bassist Tim McCord (joined in 2006), rhythm guitarist Troy McLawhorn (joined in 2007) and drummer Will Hunt (joined in 2007, then in 2010), in addition to Lee and lead guitarist Terry Balsamo. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the Billboard Alternative Albums, the Billboard Hard Rock Albums and the Billboard Top Rock Albums, and made it to the Top 10 in various countries, including the UK (#4),  Australia (#5), New Zealand (#3) and France (#8). The album has been certified gold in Canada and silver in the UK. Released on August 9, 2011, the lead single “What You Want,”  which Lee wrote with Terry Balsamo and Tim McCord,  reached No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 72 on the UK Single chart. The follow up single “My Heart Is Broken” earned favorable reviews from music critics.   

Apart from her work with Evanescence, Lee has collaborated with other artists like David Hodges on the song “Breathe” from “The Summit Church: Summit Worship” (2000) and “Fall Into You,”   Big Dismal on “Missing You”  from the Florida based post-grunge Christian Rock band's debut  album, “Believe” (2003), and Seether on the song “Broken,” which was included on Seether's second album “Disclaimer II” (2004) and  the official soundtrack for the movie “The Punisher,” “The Punisher: The Album” (2004). She recorded an acoustic rendition of Korn's hit song, “Freak on a Leash,” with  Jonathan Davis for “MTV Unplugged: Korn” (2007). In 2008, Lee performed a remake of “Sally's Song” for Walt Disney Records' “Nightmare Revisited.” The album contains new material and covers of songs from the original “Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack. Lee sang a cover of “Halfway Down,” which was included on the 2011 album “Muppets: The Green Album.”


Grammy: Best New Artist, Evanescence, 2004
Grammy: Best Hard Rock Performance, “Bring Me to Life,” 2004 Show Less