Evanescence is a Grammy-award winning rock band founded in Benton, Arkansas by singer Amy Lee and former lead guitarist Ben Moody. In 1994, the two me at a youth camp, where Moody approached Lee after hearing her play a Meat Loaf cover. Once they returned home, they started connecting on a musical level. Soon afterwards, the pair began recording and producing songs including their hit single “My Immortal.”
Lee and Moody spent the next 8 years recording demos and playing local shows. After nearly a decade of hard work, in 2002 the band was approached by Diana Meltzer of Wind-Up Records. Meltzer fell in love with the new modern rock sound; however, felt the band needed male vocals to accompany Lee on their album. Lee wasn’t happy with the decision but accepted the contract and moved to Los Angeles, where she and Moody began working on their first full-length album, Fallen. Joining Lee and Moody on the album, David Hodges, John LeCompt, Rocky Gray, and Will Boyd assisted the pair in producing a new cutting-edge rock sound. Per the record label request, Paul McCoy of 12 Stones added the male vocals. The band worked together a short while before tensions began to rise, leading to the departure of Hodges in 2002 and Moody in 2003. Creative differences between band members and producers led to unresolved issues forcing alterations. All was not lost; however, Fallen sold more than 17 million copies world-wide and won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance and Best New Artist. The songs “Bring Me to Life,” “Everybody’s Fool,” and “Going Under,” the most popular tunes on the record, led to the album being named one of the top ten of the decade.
Evanescence rode their wave of success for the next two years touring and writing music when, in 2006, they decided to start a film project. The DVD included footage of the Band’s European Tour, backstage meet-and-greets, and cover songs including Korn’s “Thoughtless.” Soon afterwards, Evanescence began to experience more problems with deviation. In 2006, bassist Will Boyd declined another big tour to be with his family and was later replaced by Tim McCord. Among the issues, guitarist, Terry Balsamo had a stroke and the manager departed adding more delay to their newest album. Although Amy announced the record would be ready by March, 2006, delays pushed the project back another seven months.
The Open Door released October 3, 2006 and later featured at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The feature song “Call Me When Your Sober” played on radios worldwide. Evanescence followed up the album release with a U.S. and world tour, later headlining the Family Values tour in 2007. Playing alongside bands Chevelle, Stone Sour, Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver, and many others, Evanescence garnered much success. However, just as before, the interchanging of band members impeded the band’s progress. On May 17, 2007 Amy announced that guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt would be replacing John LaCompt and Rocky Gray. From this point the band’s touring and writing began to slow down.
After a two year hiatus, Amy announced the band was writing new music and set to release a new album in 2010. During this time, Evanescence performed at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, and the Maquinaria Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On February 22, 2010 the group entered the studio to work on their third full-length album. The project had a few hiccups; however, things settled after the band hired famous producer Nick Raskulinecz. After leaving the studio for some creative inspiration, in 2011 Evanescence concluded and released their self-titled album.
The band followed up their CD release with another world tour making stops in London, Panama, and Japan. Evanescence continued performing on the road, until November 2012, stopping only to play at the Carnaval of Madness Tour with Chevelle and Halestorm. At the end of the extended tour, Lee announced the band would be taking another break to recuperate from the rough life on the road.
In October 2013, Wind-Up records sold part of their client list to Bicycle Music Company. The list included, Amy Lee and many other profitable artists. On January 3, 2014, Amy Lee filed a 1.5 million dollar law-suit against Wind-Up Records for un-paid loyalties. Three months later, Amy announced she and Evanescence were released from their current record label.