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Evanescence is an American Rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the band released their first full-length album, Fallen, on Wind-up Records in 2003. Fallen sold more than 17 million copies worldwide and helped the band win two Grammy Awards and seven nominations, as well as scoring No. 6 in CBS's "Top Bestselling Albums of the Last 10 Years" (2008). A year later, Evanescence released their first live album, which sold more than one million copies worldwide. In 2006, the band released their second studio album, Door, which sold more than five million copies.

The line-up of the group has changed several times: David Hodges leaving in 2002, co-founder Moody left in 2003 (mid-tour), bassist Will Boyd in 2006, followed by guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray in 2007. The last two changes led to a hiatus, with temporary band members contributing to tour performances. Billboard ranked Evanescence No. 71 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart.

Announced in June 2009, the newest line-up of the band eventually returned with Evanescence, their self-titled third studio album, released on October 11, 2011. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart with 127,000 copies in sales. The album also debuted at No. 1 on four other different Billboard charts; the Rock Albums, Digital Albums, Alternative Albums, and the Hard Rock Albums charts. The band spent 2012 on tour in promotion of their new album with other bands including The Pretty Reckless and Midland.


1995-2001: Formation and Early Years

Evanescence in 2006. Left to right: John LeCompt, Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, Rocky Gray, and Tim McCord Evanescence was founded by singer, pianist and songwriter Amy Lee and former lead guitarist and songwriter Ben Moody. The two met in 1994 at a youth camp in Little Rock, where Moody heard Lee playing "That)" by Meat Loaf on the piano. Their first songs together were "Solitude" and "Give Unto Me", both written by Lee, and "Understanding" and "My Immortal", both written by Moody. The songs were edited by both artists, and they shared equal credit.

Two of Lee and Moody's songs were played on local radio stations, raising local awareness of the group and demand for a concert. The band eventually appeared live, and became one of the most popular acts in the area. Citation needed After experimenting with band names, such as Childish Intentions and Stricken, they decided on Evanescence, which means "disappearance" or "fading away" (from the word evanesce, which means "to disappear").

The band released two EPs. The first is the self-titled Evanescence EP (1998), of which about 100 copies were made and distributed at the band's early live performances. The second is the Sound Asleep EP, also known as the Whisper EP (1999). There was also a third EP called Mystary EP (2003). For their first full-length demo CD, Origin (2000), about 2,500 copies were produced and sold to concert audiences. Origin and the EPs contain demo versions of some songs on their debut album, Fallen. During a radio interview, Lee and Moody encouraged fans to download the band's older songs from the Internet.

2002-2005: Fallen and Anywhere But Home

Having first encountered the band at Ardent Studios in Memphis and been suitably impressed, producer Pete The band's signature font was created when Fallen was in development. The label designers used slightly modified versions of each character to make the track titles look unique. Matthews played their demos to his friend at Wind-up Records, Diana Meltzer. It was when Meltzer heard "My Immortal" that she became interested in signing the band, saying she "knew it was a hit". The Wind-up A&R told HitQuarters that, although they already exhibited huge talent, they were still young and needed to be developed, and "given the time and opportunity they could deliver a breakthrough sound. Once signed the band were relocated to Los Angeles, given an apartment and rehearsal space and enrolled in a gym. Lee was given acting, vocal and movement classes. After almost two years producer Dave Fortman was brought in to produce their first albumFallen. However, record label executives initially refused to release the album unless the band would agree to add a full-time male co-vocalist. When the band would not agree to this demand, the label relented and only insisted on having a male vocalist in the album's lead single, "Bring Me to Life". Lee was still not happy about this, but agreed to it.

In early 2003, the lineup was completed by Amy Lee and Ben Moody's friends, John LeCompt, Rocky Gray and Will Boyd, all of whom worked on Evanescence's earlier songs. While they were looking to promote Fallen, Evanescence accepted an offer from the video game company Nintendo to perform on the Nintendo Fusion Tour, which they headlined in 2003.

Fallen spent 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10; was certified 7x Platinum in the United States; and sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. The album was listed for 104 weeks on the Billboard 200, and it was one of eight albums in the history of the chart to spend at least a year on the Billboard Top 50.

On October 22, 2003, Moody left the band during the European tour for Fallen, reportedly because of creative differences. In an interview several months later, Amy Lee said: "...we'd gotten to a point that if something didn't change, we wouldn't have been able to make a second record." This became a point of confusion, as Moody and Lee stated on the Fallen album liner notes that they were best friends. Lee said it was almost a relief that Moody left because of tensions created within the band. During an interview, Lee has said, "I don't know, I just think it's exactly what I would've expected. He's more about kind of the pop influence sort of thing and also, you know, about being commercial and I mean selling albums: That's the part of him we often disagreed on. I wanted to do the more artistic weird thing and he'd wanna do the thing that people would want to hear..." She adds "So that's a lot of the reason [why] it's been so fun writing now, is [that] we're not thinking about that. It's like 'what do we like?', 'what's fun?', like 'what do we want to do that's different?'" Moody was replaced by Terry Balsamo from Cold.

Evanescence's major label debut single "Life", featuring guest vocals from Paul McCoy of 12 Evanescence performing at the concert in Le Zénith, Paris, featured on Anywhere but HomeStones, was a global hit for the band and reached number 5 on the American Billboard. where it stayed for four weeks from June – July 2003. The song also became the official theme for No Way Out (2003). The equally popular "My Immortal" peaked at number 7 in the U.S. and UK charts, and both songs were featured in the soundtrack for the action movie Daredevil. "Bring Me to Life" was recognized at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004, where the band won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy Award for Best New Artist awards and were nominated for two others. New Artist awards and were nominated for two others. "The two other singles off Fallen are Going Under" (#5 U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, No. 8 UK Charts) and "Everybody's Fool]]" (#36 U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, No. 23 UK Charts); all were promoted by a music video.

In addition, Fallen is No. 6 at the "Top Bestselling Albums of the Last 10 Years". After selling more than 7 million copies in the United States alone and 17 million worldwide.

Evanescence's new lineup released a DVD/CD compilation titled Anywhere but Home. The DVD includes a concert in Paris, as well as behind-the-scenes features, including shots of the band backstage signing autographs and warming up. Also on the CD are the live songs "Breathe No More" (from the film movie soundtrack), "Farther Away", and the band's Cover version of Korn Thoughtless. The album has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

2006-2009: The Open Door

A spokesperson for the band's label confirmed on July 14, 2006, that bassist Will Boyd had left the band for "not wanting to do another big tour" and wanting "to be close to his family." Amy Lee originally broke the news to the fans in a post on an unofficial Evanescence site, In an interview with MTV, posted on their website on August 10, 2006, Lee announced that Tim McCord, former Revolution Smile guitarist, would switch instruments and play bass for the band.

The album progressed slowly for several reasons, including Amy Lee's desire to maximize the creative process and not rush production, other band members' side projects, guitarist Terry Balsamo's stroke, and the loss of their former manager. Although Lee stated on the fan forum Evboard that Evanescence's new album would be completed in March 2006, the release was pushed back allegedly because "Wind-up Records...wanted to make a few changes to the upcoming single "Call Me When You're Sober", which hit modern rock and alternative rock radio on August 7, 2006. The 13-track album The Open Door was released in Canada and the United States on October 3, 2006; the United Kingdom on October 2, 2006; and Australia on September 30, 2006. The album sold 447,000 copies in the United States in its first week of sales and earned their first No. 1 ranking on the Billboard 200 album chart, becoming the 700th No. 1 album in Billboard since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956. The music video for "Call Me When You're Sober" was shot in Los Angeles and is based on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. The Open Door became available for pre-order on the iTunes Store on August 15, 2006; the music video for "Call Me When You're Sober" was also made available.

The tour for The Open Door began on October 5, 2006, in Toronto and included locations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe during that year. This first tour continued on January 5, 2007 and included stops in Canada (alongside band Stone Sour), Japan and Australia (alongside band Shihad) and then returned to the U.S. for a second tour in the spring (alongside bands Chevelle and Finger Eleven). As part of their tour, Evanescence performed on April 15, 2007 on the Argentinan festival Quilmes Rock 07 along with Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver and other local bands. They also co-headlined on the Family Values Tour 2007 along with Korn and other bands. The group closed their European tour with a sell-out concert at the Amphi in Ra'anana, Israel, on June 26, 2007, and finished the album tour on December 9, 2007.

On May 4, 2007, John LeCompt announced that he had been fired from Evanescence, and also stated that drummer Rocky Gray had decided to quit. Wind-up issued a press release on May 17, 2007, stating that two Dark New Day members, drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Troy McLawhorn, would be joining the band to replace LeCompt and Gray. It was initially stated that Hunt and McLawhorn would tour with Evanescence until the end of the Family Values Tour in September 2007, but both continued to play with the band through The Open Door tour.

2009-2015: Evanescence and Hiatus

In a news posting to the Evanescence website during June 2009, Amy Lee wrote that the band was

Evanescence on a concert at Maquinaria Festival, São Paulo, Brazil on November 8, 2009.

in the process of writing new material for a new album proposed for release in 2010. She stated that the music would be an evolution of previous works and be "better, stronger, and more interesting". The band played a "secret show" at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom in New York City on November 4, 2009, with label mates Civil Twilight. Tickets for the show sold out in five minutes. This performance acted as a warm-up for their headline appearance at the Maquinária Festival in São Paulo, Brazil, which took place on November 8.

Evanescence entered the studio on February 22, 2010, to begin recording. Will Hunt returned as drummer while a second drummer and programmer, Will "Science" Hunt, was brought in to assist in writing but ultimately did not join the band. David Campbell, who previously worked on The Open Door, was brought back to handle string arrangements, and the album was scheduled for release by the producer Steve Lillywhite. Lee later said that "Steve wasn't the right fit" and was replaced by producer Nick Raskulinecz.

At the time the band began recording, the album was intended for an August or September 2010 release. However, on June 21, 2010, Lee announced on that Evanescence had temporarily left the studio to work further on the album and "get our heads into the right creative space". Lee also indicated that record label Wind-up Records was going through "uncertain times", which would further delay the release of the album. The band reentered the studio in early April 2011 with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who had produced music for Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters, to continue work on the third album. It was reported that the album would be released in late 2011. Troy McLawhorn was reported to have rejoined the band as a primary guitarist after leaving post-grunge band Seether, but Evanescence's management later stated that this was not the case.

On June 12, 2011, Amy Lee announced through her Twitter account that Troy McLawhorn was officially back with Evanescence and that the release date for the new album would be October 4, 2011. Later, on July 11, 2011 it was reported by MTV News that the release date for the album had been pushed back to October 11, and that the first single from the album will be "What You Want". The band recorded the album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville. During an interview with Kerrang!, Lee revealed that the new album's title will be Evanescence. Lee said that the decision for the title of the album was her love towards Evanescence, as well as the record being written more collaboratively than albums from the past. Other themes are the ocean, the quest for freedom, and falling in love.

The Evanescence Tour began on August 17, 2011, with a show at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. The band then performed at Rock on the Range in Winnipeg on August 20, 2011, and at Rock in Rio on October 2 alongside Guns N' Roses and System of a Down as well as Brazilian artists Pitty and Detonautas Roque Clube. After a series of events in North America, Evanescence traveled to Europe in November to play a sold-out tour in the UK, Germany and France, with support from The Pretty Reckless and Australian band ME. Evanescence performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert on December 11, 2011, where they played "Lost in Paradise" and "Bring Me to Life", before again touring in North America. In February 2012 they toured Japan with Dazzle Vision, and in the same month performed in other southeast Asian countries. March 2012 saw the band tour Australia and New Zealand with Blaqk Audio. Between April and July 2012, Evanescence toured in Europe and North America, with additional stops in Africa and the Middle East.

Evanescence paused their tour to take part in the Carnival of Madness Tour alongside Halestorm, Cavo, New Medicine and Chevelle. This tour began on July 31, 2012, in Springfield, Illinois, and ran through September 2, 2012, ending in Buffalo, New York. The Evanescence Tour resumed in October 2012 with stops in South America, Costa Rica and Panama. The tour wrapped with a series of shows in England, ending on November 9, 2012, in London's Wembley Arena. Lee stated the band plans to take an extended break after the tour, saying, "At the end of any really long tour you need to get your head in order. I think at the end of the run we'll go on a break for a while and figure things out."

In October 2013, Wind-up Records sold part of their catalog of artists, including Evanescence and their master recordings, to Bicycle Music Company. The combined company Concord Bicycle Music will market the catalog. On January 3, 2014, it was announced that Amy Lee had filed a lawsuit against former record label Wind-up Records, seeking $1.5 million in unpaid royalties owed to the band. In March 2014, via her Twitter account, Lee announced that she and Evanescence had been released from their record label and were independent artists.

2015-Present: Return to the Stage

On April 27, 2015, it was announced that the band will perform at Japan's Ozzfest on November 21, 2015, as the second headline act, making it the band's first live performance since their hiatus. Prior to Ozzfest, Evanescence will play three shows in the United States.

On August 7, 2015, Lee announced that long-time guitarist Terry Balsamo had departed the band. His position was filled by German singer and guitarist Jen Majura, bassist for folk metal band Equilibrium.

In other media

Lee claimed that she wrote a song for the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but that it was rejected because of its dark sound. Lee went on to state that it was just "more great stuff [for The Open Door]". Another song supposedly written for Narnia was the Mozart-inspired "Lacrymosa". The producers of Narnia, however, rebutted her claim, stating this information was "news to them" and that no Evanescence music had been planned for inclusion in the soundtrack.

In 2010, Evanescence released "Together Again" as a digital download, a song created for The Open Door but later cut. The song was released to aid the United Nations Foundation in Haiti earthquake recovery efforts. It later received wide release as a digital download on February 23, 2010.

Musical Style

Critics vary in terming Evanescence a rock or metal band, but most identify them as some form of gothic band: publications such as The New York Times, Rough Guides, Rolling Stone and Blender have identified Evanescence as a gothic metal act, while other sources such as NME, MusicMight, IGN, PopMatters and Spin have termed them gothic rock. They have been compared to a variety of bands from differing genres, such as nu metal ensembles like P.O.D. and Linkin Park, gothic metal groups like Lacuna Coil, and symphonic metal acts like Nightwish and Within Temptation. David Browne of Blender offers an elaborate description of the band's music as "goth Christian nü-metal with a twist of melancholic Enya." Adrien Begrand of Popmatters describes Evanescence as utilising "nu-metal riffage". Adrian Jackson of My Dying Bride stated that he feels Evanescence is doing something similar to his own gothic metal group, only in a more commercial direction. Other genres and influences used to describe the band's sound include industrial, alternative metal, progressive metal, alternative rock, hard rock, electronica, post-grunge, chamber pop, and heavy metal. The band's official website classed their musical genre simply as "rock".

Evanescence was originally promoted in Christian stores. Later, the band made it clear they did not want to be considered part of the Christian rock genre, like fellow Wind-up Records artists Creed. Terry Hemmings, CEO of Christian music distributor Provident, expressed puzzlement at the band's about-face, saying, "They clearly understood the album would be sold in these [Christian music] channels." After many Christian stores began to remove the band's music from their shelves, Wind-up Records chairman Alan Meltzer then issued a press release in April 2003 requesting formally that they do this. In 2006, Amy Lee told Billboard that she had opposed being identified as a "Christian band" from the beginning.


Fallen is the debut studio album by American rock band Evanescence. It was released on March 4, 2003, through Wind-up Records and Epic Records. The album was recorded in multiple recording studios, including Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. It is commercially the band's most successful album to date, selling more than seven million copies in the United States alone, and more than 17 million worldwide. It debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 141,000 copies within its first week, eventually peaking at number 3 in June 2003. Internationally, it topped the charts in more than ten countries. It was certified Platinum seven times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and acquired multiple certifications worldwide.

Upon its release, Fallen received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. It spawned four singles: "Bring Me to Life", "My Immortal", "Going Under", and "Everybody's Fool". "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal" peaked within the charts of more than ten countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The album earned the band five nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Hard Rock Performance and Grammy Award for Best New Artist, winning Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance.

  1. Fallen (2003)
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      1. Going Under
      2. Bring Me To Life
      3. Everybody's Fool
      4. My Immortal
      5. Haunted
      6. Tourniquet
      7. Imaginary
      8. Taking Over Me
      9. Hello
      10. My Last Breath
      11. Whisper
      12. My Immortal BAND VERSION
    2. Japanese Bonus Tracks
      1. Farther Away
      2. My Immortal BAND VERSION
    3. Limited Edition DVD Bonus Tracks
      1. Bring Me To Life MUSIC VIDEO
  2. The Open Door (2006)
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      1. Sweet Sacrifice
      2. Call Me When You're Sober
      3. Weight of the World
      4. Lithium
      5. Cloud Nine
      6. Snow White Queen
      7. Lacrymosa
      8. Like You
      9. Lose Control
      10. The Only One
      11. Your Star
      12. All That I'm Living For
      13. Good Enough
    2. Japanese Edition Bonus Track
      1. Call Me When You're Sober ACOUSTIC VERSION
    3. Japanese Limited Edition Bonus Tracks
      1. Call Me When You're Sober MUSIC VIDEO
      2. Making of the Video: Behind the Scenes Footage
  3. Evanescence (2011)
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      1. What You Want
      2. Made of Stone
      3. The Change
      4. My Heart is Broken
      5. The Other Side
      6. Erase This
      7. Lost in Paradise
      8. Sick
      9. End of the Dream
      10. Oceans
      11. Never Go Back
      12. Swimming Home
    2. Delux Edition Bonus Tracks
      1. New Way to Bleed
      2. Say You Will
      3. Disappear
      4. Secret Door
    3. Japanese Edition Bonus Tracks
      1. The Last Song I'm Wasting On You
    4. iTunes Bonus Track
      1. What You Want REMIX
    5. Delux Edition Disc 2 Bonus Tracks
      1. What You Want MUSIC VIDEO
      2. Making of the What You Want Music Video Day 1
      3. Making of the What You Want Music Video Day 2
      4. Behind the Scenes: In the Studio 1
      5. Behind the Scenes: At the Photoshoot
      6. On the Songs
  4. Synthesis (2017)
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      1. Overture
      2. Never Go Back
      3. Hi-Lo (featuring Lindsey Stirling)
      4. My Heart Is Broken
      5. Lacrymosa
      6. The End of the Dream
      7. Bring Me To Life
      8. Unraveling (interlude)
      9. Imaginary
      10. Secret Door
      11. Lithium
      12. Lost in Paradise
      13. Your Star
      14. My Immortal
      15. The In-Between (piano solo)
      16. Imperfection
    2. International Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD
      1. From The Inside:  The Creation of Synthesis
      2. Synthesis (instrumental album)
      3. Synthesis (5.1 sound mix)
      4. Photo Gallery


Current members

  1. Amy Lee—lead vocals, piano, keyboards, harp(1995–present)
  2. Tim McOrd—bass guitar(2006–present)
  3. Wild Hunt—drums(2010–present; live member 2007)
  4. Troy McLawhorn—ryhthm guitar, backing vocals(2011–present; live member 2007)
  5. Jen Majura—lead guitar(2015–present)

Former Members

  1. Ben Moody—lead guitar, bass guitar, drums(1995-2003)
  2. David Hodges—keyboards, piano, drums, backing vocals(1999-2002)
  3. Will Boyd—bass guitar(2003-2006)
  4. John LeCompt—rhythm guitar, backing vocals(2003-2007; live member 2002-2003)
  5. Rocky Gray—drums, precussion(2003-2007; live member 2002-2003)
  6. Terry Balsamo—lead guitar(2003-2015)

Touring Members

  1. Francesco DiCosmo—bass guitar(2003; appears on Falen)
  2. Josh Freese—drums, precussion(2003; appears on Fallen)

Awards and Nominations

The list of awards and nominations received by the rock band Evanescence consists of 20 awards won and 58 nominations ranging from several publications such as MTV, Teen Choice Awards and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The band was founded by singer, pianist and songwriter Amy Lee and former lead guitarist and songwriter Ben Moody. After recording and releasing three EPs and one demo album, the band started working on their first major studio album, Fallen which was released in 2003.

After the success of their first studio album Fallen and their first single "Bring Me to Life", Evanescence won two awards and received two nominations for the Grammy Awards in 2004. Later, "My Immortal" in 2005 was also nominated in the category for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and "Sweet Sacrifice" received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Evanescence received one nomination in 2003 and two in 2004.

Brit Awards

The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. Evanescence were nominated in one category on the ceremony.

Echo Awards

Echo Awards is a German music award granted every year by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie (an association of recording companies). Each year's winner is determined by the previous year's sales.

Kerrang! Awards

The Kerrang! Awards is an annual music awards show in the United Kingdom, founded by the music magazine, Kerrang!. The awards feature a mixture of readers' and critics' awards. The annual Kerrang! Awards ceremony is usually held in mid-August in London. The annual awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a televised ceremony.

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Evanescence won two awards out of seven nominations.

MTV Awards

MTV Music Video Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. Evanescence received 3 nominations.

MTV Australia Awards

MTV Australia Awards (previously known as the MTV Australia Video Music Awards or AVMA's) started in 2005 and is Australia's first awards show to celebrate both local and international acts. Evanescence won one award on the ceremony.

MuchMusic Video Awards

The MuchMusic Video Awards is an annual awards ceremony presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic.

NME Awards

The NME Awards are an annual music awards show founded by the music magazine NME. Evanescence has received one award in 2013.

Planeta Awards

The Planeta Awards is an annual Peruvian awards ceremony established by Radio Planeta. Evanescence has received one award from two nominations.

Revolver Golden Gods Awards

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards is an annual awards ceremony held by Revolver, an American hard rock and heavy metal magazine.

Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards is an awards show presented annually by the Fox Broadcasting Company.

World Music Awards

The annual World Music Awards, founded in 1989, is an international awards show that honors recording artists based on their worldwide sales figures, which are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. In the ceremony, Evanescence won one award.

Awards Procession and Succession

They were preceded by the Norah Jones Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and in 2004, they were succeeded by Maroon 5.


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