Tuesday, 22 April 2014
11:41:00 PM (GMT)
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, Anywhere but Home, which sold more than one million copies worldwide. In
2006, the band released their second studio album, The Open 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 200 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 first
single, "What You Want", was released on August 9, 2011. The second single, "My Heart
Is Broken", was sent to radio stations in October 31, 2011. The band spent 2012 on
tour in promotion of their new album with other bands including The Pretty Reckless
and Fair to Midland.