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Amy Lee

  • American musician
  • Born December 13, 1981

Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. Along with her contributions with the band, Lee has also participated on other musical projects including Walt Disney Records' Nightmare Revisited and Muppets: The Green Album. She has performed collaborations with artists such as Korn, Seether, and David Hodges. Lee composed the soundtrack to the films War Story (2014) and Indigo Grey: The Passage (2015) with cellist Dave Eggar, and the song "Speak to Me" for the film Voice from the Stone (2017).


There are people hell-bent on the idea that we're a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It's simply about life experience.




I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn't, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don't think any of my relatives are surprised.




Evanescence fans aren't the popular kids in school. They aren't the cheerleaders. It's the art kids and the nerds and the kids who grow up to be the most interesting creative people.




I refuse to accept Pluto's resignation as a planet.




I feel like for me the lyric writing really comes from just what's going on in my heart and that's what consumes me; think a lot of our heart is relationships. Not just with boyfriend or girlfriend but all your relationships in your life with other people and our interactions with other humans.




You can't control all the crazy stuff that happens to you. All you can control is the way you handle it.




I love sushi. But after too much of it, it just starts to taste like a dead animal that hasn't been cooked.




We've all fallen, but at the same time we're not broken. There is the hint that we are going to get up again.




I try to be feminist in, like, I love myself and I don't need someone else's approval.




Life can be tough sometimes. But I think it just starts with admitting, 'Okay, the world's not perfect, how do we live our lives within that and not be miserable?'




I love my cats more than I love most people. Probably more than is healthy.




There's nothing sexy about skin and bone. You gotta have some junk in the trunk.




'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is my number one biggest influence artistically in every way.




When you're miserable, you don't want anyone around you to be happy.




We've never been a religious band, but the media wants us to be.




I've always been a very passionate, sometimes overly emotional person. Sometimes things affect me more than they should.




Something that's fun for me is a challenge. When you have a challenge and you take on that challenge and succeed, that's the best feeling.




I'm not the fastest writer. I can't just crank out ideas that are good enough.




I design a lot of things that I wear onstage, but I'm always looking for unique stuff. I like creative things, so anything I can find at a secondhand costume shop to a Helmut Lang store, it doesn't matter - just unique stuff.




I dream crazy vivid dreams. Like, entire movies. And sometimes I write songs about them.




The first real concert, other than going with my dad to see Three Dog Night, was Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage. I was fourteen or fifteen. I liked Shirley Manson because she reminded me of Annie Lennox. They both have these deep, sexy, powerful alto voices.




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.




I'm not ashamed of my spiritual beliefs, but I in no way incorporate them into this band.




I never really did abandon my true self. It's not like I invented this imaginary person and started to be her.




If people are making fun of you then you're probably doing something right.




I think it's important to realize that we're all just human. I mean, nobody is supernatural.




I want to work with kids. I would love to be a teacher.




L.A. doesn't have any big personality to me; it's not inspiring.




I really do listen to all types of music, not only rock, but everything from good pop music - which is usually older pop music - to R&B and indie rock. I love indie rock more than a lot of the commercial stuff that you'd expect.




When Evanescence took time off, I bought a big concert harp and started taking lessons like I was in high school again, which was really, really fun. I felt like I was learning again.




When I was in high school, I listened to a lot of death metal bands.




My darlings, if I can't write dark, epic music, I can't live!




I wanted to be a veterinarian until I saw a video of a vet performing surgery on a dog. Then I decided I wanted to be a pianist.




The only place I'm recognized is at the mall, because that's where the teens are.




Honestly I just wear what I like. You know why? 'Cause I can, I'm a rock star.




I love contrast in music. Being inspired by classical, actually - in high school especially - classical and metal both, I remember having this cool realization that they are really similar. It's just different instrumentation.



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