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Amy Lee

Amy 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'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) 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.

When Lee was 6, her 3 year old sister, Bonnie, died, and thus years later Lee recorded the song Hello, featured on the Fallen album. This is the only song on Fallen that the band has not performed live.

She has been in a relationship with Shaun Morgan of the band Seether since May 2003, and sings with him on Seether's song Broken.

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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 for Everybody's Fool, she aimed 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 spirit.

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.

Influences

Artists that have influenced her and her band's music include Björk, Tori Amos, Ko?n, Soundgarden, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Portishead, Nirvana and Coldplay. She has also mentioned the art rock band A Perfect Circle as inspiration in an interview regarding Evanescence's upcoming sophomore album.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Amy Lee Facts

Birth NameAmy Lynn Lee
OccupationMusician
BandEvanescence
BirthdayDecember 13, 1981 (35)
SignSagittarius
BirthplaceRiverside, California, USA
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Amy Lee compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Amy Lee, Dream Too Much
Back
Little Bit of Light
The Unbidden
Chasing Amy
High Voltage
The Competition
Speaking in Code
The New Normal
Back to the Past
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