EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee's new album, "Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath", sold around 6,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc, which was released on August 25 via 110 Records, Inc., is a film-score collaboration with Dave Eggar for the movie "War Story", which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Lee told MTV earlier the year that the music for "Aftermath" is unlike anything she's done before. She explained, "It's going to surprise my fans. It's not what you'd expect; the film is very dark, very introspective . . . There are moments of playing, and it's musical, but there are a lot of moments where Dave and I just built walls of sounds, out of blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers and harp, all on top of each other. Sort of creating new sounds. It's not, like, a soundtrack. it's an atmosphere."
Lee did write one new song for the film, called "Push The Button", about which she said, "It's very different for me, it's electronic; I did it all myself." She added, "This whole process has been really different, and freeing. Doing my band, it's always been a big deal, a lot of pressure, a lot of hoops to jump through and things to live up to . . . (this) wasn't about production and singles and worldwide success, it's about the integrity of the art piece we're creating."
The Sons of Serendip covered Evanescence’s hit ‘Bring Me to Life’ on part one of ‘America’s Got Talent’ finale last night (Sept. 16). The classically trained quartet brought the song to life on piano, cello, harp and beautiful vocals with the help of a backing orchestra and choir for the performance.
The group, who has been making waves on ‘America’s Got Talent’ all season, formed while the members were pursuing graduate degrees at Boston University. The quartet –comprised of Micah Christian, Cardaro Rodriguez, Kendall Ramseur and Mason Morton –are in the running for the top prize of one million dollars on the reality show’s finale tonight.
‘Bring Me to Life’ was the breakthrough hit for Evanescence back in 2003. It was the first single off their debut album ‘Fallen,’ which has sold a staggering 17 million copies. The song, which features Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, went on to win the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance beating out the likes of Godsmack, Audioslave and Queens of the Stone Age for the honor.
Evanescence are currently on a break while Amy Lee is enjoying life as a new mother. She recently showed a different side of herself on ‘Aftermath,’ the soundtrack to the film ‘War Story.’ The effort features the dance-driven song ‘Push the Button.’
MJ of CBS Radio KXTE X107.5 in Las Vegas, Nevada recently conducted an interview with EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Lee gave birth to a son named Jack Lion, on July 24. According to People.com, Jack Lion entered the world weighing seven pounds and 13 ounces. The 32-year-old Lee told X107.5: "[Motherhood] changes you completely. I have never felt like this before. It's sort of like it shifted my perspective on the whole world. As soon as he came out, totally overwhelmed with love. It's a lot like the way it feels when you're falling head over heels in love with somebody."
Lee's new album, "Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath", sold around 6,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc, which was released on August 25 via 110 Records, Inc., is a film-score collaboration with Dave Eggar for the movie "War Story", which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Lee confirmed in an interview with Rolling Stone that she doesn't have any plans "to do anything with [EVANESCENCE]" for the foreseeable future. Asked about the group's current status, Lee explained, "The situation is we're not doing it now. I don't like to make predictions about the future, because I'm honestly open-minded, and I would never want to say I'm done with any of it, because it's a huge part of me. I've loved my time with EVANESCENCE, I wouldn't want to just throw it away, but, for the foreseeable future, I don't have any plans to do anything with the band."
Lee continued, "It's really important to me to take some time to show some different sides of myself . . . there does need to be other outlets for me to make music." Lee said that she keeps in touch with the members of the band, but added that "the days of living on the road and an album cycle be this giant daunting thing of working in the studio for six months then going on the road for a year or two, they're behind me."
After the experience of working on her first film score -- for War Story with composer Dave Eggar, and the Aftermath companion album -- Amy Lee tells Billboard that her muse is in high gear and that there's "nothing really new" in regards to the band, whose third, self-titled album came out in 2011. "I'm enjoying this new space," Lee says. "Evanescence has been wonderful, and I've gotten to do so many things with it. I'm really proud of that, and I have been for a long time. But at the same time, I feel like I have a lot more that I want to do with my life and a lot more that I want to express, and there's only so much that people are going to allow Evanescence to be.
"People hear the word Evanescence and they associate it with 'My Immortal,'" she continues. "We were working on that when I was, like, 15 years old, so now that I'm 32, you get into a different headspace where you're like, 'I need a new space to be able to be myself now.’ At the same time Evanescence is such a huge part of my life and has grown with me. It's still really close to my heart and close to who I am now. So it's all good, but mixed emotions to be sure." "In Evanescence it's me, me, me — I'm the center of attention and it's all about me," she explains. "In something like (the film) it's actually me in a more supporting role and working with a bunch of other people to create something I couldn't create on my own, and that feels really good to me. It feels really nice to be able to release something that is not just mine."
Lee studied film music at Middle Tennessee State University, and says she always wanted to work in that field before Evanescence took off. The Aftermath album, which debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200 following its Aug. 25 release, was the result of coming up a surplus of material for the film. "At the end of all that, when the film was finished, we had all this music and some of it made it into the film and some of it hadn't," says Lee, who also collaborated with co-writer Chuck Palmer and co-producer Johnny Nice on the set. "I was just sitting there looking at it going, 'We can't throw this stuff away. We have to put it out, somehow.' So that's what Aftermath is: it's our favorite stuff from the film and our favorite stuff that didn't make the film."
Lee says she's "casually" putting out feelers for another film project, but she's also been busy with her first child, son Jack Lion Hartzler, who was born on July 20. "It's crazy good," Lee says of motherhood. "It gives me a new perspective on life. I have new feelings I've ever felt before. I can't describe them, but it's going to be my mission, artistically, to define those things. I felt like maybe I wouldn't be interested in working or making music after having a baby, but I've really been more inspired to create so much more after this happening. It makes me want to just create and create and express myself so much because I'm feeling so many new things."
Don't hold her to a timetable, though. "I guess that's nothing really new," Lee acknowledges. "Every time we've put out a record there's been a few years in between where I sort of needed to find myself again. But I really like to keep that open mind and have nothing in place in my head about what's going to happen a year or two down the line. I've got to wait for inspiration to tell me what to do next. I just love making music and I'm going to make music for the rest of my life; whether that means it's called Evanescence or not, I don't know."
Amy Lee has been vocal recently about the fate of her band Evanescence, but the singer took to Facebook today (Sept. 27) to clarify a few things. First and foremost, Lee isn't done with Evanescence, Blabbermouth reports. "Feeling the need to clarify this — I never said Ev was over. I wouldn't limit myself that way," she wrote. "I said I wasn't doing it now and have a completely open mind for the future. An open mind is a beautiful thing — I had one when I started the band."
Lee recently spoke with Gary Graff of Billboard about the band prior to her statement. "The truth is I love making music, and I'm going to make music for the rest of my life," she said. "Whether that means it's called Evanescence or not, I don't know, but I wouldn't worry about it if I were a fan."
"Evanescence is a part of me — it just isn't a complete picture of everything I'm capable of — not even close," she continued in her statement. Lee released a collaboration soundtrack for the movie War Story with cellist Dave Eggar and other musicians titeld Aftermath on Aug. 25. "I wanted it to be completely different," Lee told Rolling Stone. "I didn't want it to be like Evanescence just because I've flexed that muscle so much, I wanted people to see different sides of me. I've written music all along the way that's just been mine that nobody hears but my friends, and I still want to do something with that at some point."
The singer also recently became a mother, which has been a big factor in Lee's limited tour appearances.