Thursday, 8 March 2007
12:57:36 AM (GMT)
Amy Lynn Lee is an American singer. She founded the band Evanescence with Ben Moody.
The two met at a youth camp when Lee was playing Meat Loaf's "I Would Do Anything for
Love" on the piano.
Lee was born in Riverside, California. She has a brother and two sisters. At school,
Lee was president of the choir council, and appeared in a number of plays. Her family
moved to many places, including Illinois, Kansas, and Florida, but finally settled in
Little Rock, Arkansas, where Evanescence started. She graduated from Pulaski Academy
in the year 2000. She also briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University.
Since May 2003, she has been in a relationship with Shaun Morgan of the band Seether,
and sings with him on Seether's song "Broken".
Lee has a trademark gothic style, marked by her occasional use of gothic make-up
(black eyeliner) and unique fashion which consists of often Victorian-styled
clothing. She is known to design her own clothes, and sometimes even sew them
herself. Starting her own clothing line has not been ruled out, according to her,
although she has expressed concerns about the viability of such an endeavour, as she
has mentioned that she prefers to create unique hand-crafted costumes rather than
mass-produced fashions. In concerts, she often wears a corset or fishnet, and has a
notable piercing on her left eyebrow which is visible on the cover of ''Fallen''
(Evanescence's debut album), even though fans have noted she appears to have removed
it (at least temporarily) in recent concerts.
Many fans praise Lee for her refusal to emulate other celebrities by using sex appeal
in her music. She has stated on a number of occasions that she would never "flash"
her breasts or engage in other publicity stunts which would draw attention to
herself. In fact, in the music video of Evanescence's latest single, "Everybody's
Fool," she seeks to mock such artists by suggesting celebrities who use sex to appeal
to an audience are "everybody's fool" and are in fact, merely peddling "lies" (the
unifying theme of the music video).
Many fans have also suggested that she is very down to earth and refuses to be
politically correct. In a recent interview, for instance, she called Velvet
Revolver's latest album "a bore." She also uses profanity without hesitation.
However, she has said, flat out, she is a Christian and is "very" in touch with her
Lee once stated in an interview while on tour that the successful duet "Bring Me to
Life", featuring Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, was inspired when she met a friend of a
friend. A total stranger who did not know her, somehow could see inside her and when
he spoke, his words, "woke her up inside". This encounter with a true "Word of
Knowledge" inspired the hit that would launch her career.
Artists that have influenced her and her band's music include Björk, Tori Amos,
Korn, Soundgarden, Portishead, Eminem, Nirvana, and Coldplay.
*Siblings: Brother Robby, sisters Carrie and Lori
*She thinks that a girl should try to pay on a date, but would go "hmm" if he doesn't
try to stop her.
*She's more scared of a haunted house than a roller coaster.
*She had a cat named Fievel, because of her favorite movies was "An American Tail".
*She dislikes fast food, including McDonalds and Burger King.
*The first album she owned was The California Raisins tape.
*She loves Stevie Wonder, she even trys to copy his style.
*She doesn't understand why anyone want's to wear thongs.
*She dislikes politics, and thinks Arnold Schwarzenegger is hilarious.
*At 13, she was a little overweight and had poofy hair.
*She describes herself in 3 words: unique, sympathetic, misunderstood.
*Her favorite hobbies include painting, drawing, and writing in her journals.
*She's allergic to lobster, if she eats it she could go into a coma
*Favorite movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
*Favorite actor/actress: Giovanni Rabissi
*She used to be head of her choir.
*Her life philosophy is "Love Yourself"
*Her dad works as a DJ and her mom worked raising her 3 siblings.
*She doesn't really have an childhood names, it was always either Amy, Ames, or
*Michael Jackson was her idol growing up.
*Her favorite holiday is Halloween.