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Evanescence’s Amy Lee on Speaking Out, Facing Tragedy, Letting “The Art Drive”

Jueves, Oct 29, 2020
Evanescence’s Amy Lee on Speaking Out, Facing Tragedy, Letting “The Art Drive”

“Music has been the therapy that I really, really, really need right now”

If Amy Lee hadn’t spoken up, she’d be in a very different place right now. In her nearly two-decade long career as Evanescence‘s frontwoman and one of rock’s top vocalists, she’s faced a series of familiar battles. From the day she emerged, falling from a block of CGI apartments, begging to be brought to life, she’s had to fight back against people in power who’ve tried to suppress her voice. Whether that was the old-school music press, who tried to reduce her into a two-dimensional caricature; 50 Cent, who attempted to interrupt her acceptance speech at the 2003 Grammy Awards; or her former record label, who reportedly tried to control her and her work (before she loosed herself in 2014), Lee hasn’t been afraid to use her voice, and to bring to light the iniquities she’s faced.

Until now, Lee’s songwriting has largely been inward facing — directed towards personal drama and sorrow — rather than towards the tensions of the world outside of her. In 2020, that all changed. For the first time in her career, and after almost a decade since Evanescence’s last album of original material, Amy has used her voice for political good. While gradually unveiling the songs for their fourth studio LP, The Bitter Truth, Lee has become a spokesperson for the non-partisan organization Headcount, which promotes a user-friendly website on which people can register to vote in just minutes. The band’s latest single “Use My Voice” is both a rallying cry for unity and the official song for Headcount’s 2020 campaign. Featuring all-female guest vocals from Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, the Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen, Within Temptations’ Sharon Den Adel as well as friends and family members, Lee is encouraging fans to sing with her, step up and be heard, and help unfuck the world.

Revolver spoke with Lee about the upcoming album, why voting is the best way to use your voice, and the experience of watching her son grow up following the tragic death of her brother.

FIRST OFF, DOES THE BITTER TRUTH HAVE A RELEASE DATE YET? 
AMY LEE No. I’ve been looking at this kind of differently, since we’ve just been releasing singles every couple months. We wanted to do that from the beginning, but now we’re in a different situation where we have to do that. I want to live more in the moment with our music, rather than getting all the songs completely finished, then going in a studio and knocking it out all at once. We decided to do this when we could, and really throw things down and placing things as we went. Since we’re still creating the end of it — and we are coming to the end of it — until it’s all completely finished I don’t want to make a release date announcement. We’re not far off though.

HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’VE COME TO AN END? 
I’m still writing some lyrics. That’s the one thing I can’t control. We can lay down a bunch of musical layers, but when it comes to thinking of the words to say what I’m trying to say, that can be a more difficult process. I have two songs left that I’m finishing the lyrics to. Once that’s done, I think we’re gonna fly.

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Rockaxis: Evanescence, devuélveme a la vida

Martes, Oct 20, 2020
Rockaxis: Evanescence, devuélveme a la vida

La espera de un nuevo álbum de los estadounidenses llegará a su fin este año, con un trabajo que tendrá referencias sobre la compleja contingencia mundial. Amy Lee, la icónica vocalista de la banda –uno de los mayores fenómenos de la primera mitad de los 2000–, nos cuenta más sobre este momento, mirando pasado presente y futuro.

Con su álbum debut “Fallen” (2003), Evanescence se convirtió rápidamente en una de los nombres más populares del rock del nuevo milenio, con millones de ventas, premios de la talla de los Grammy, la popularidad de los singles ‘My Immortal’ y ‘Bring Me To Life’ y el reconocible y tan admirado estilo de la vocalista Amy Lee. Con el paso de los años, si bien no han vuelto a tener aquellas desbordantes cifras, han seguido en actividad (aunque con dos recesos, en 2009 y 2012) y con cada álbum, sigue existiendo una alta expectativa por parte de una fanaticada que todavía está ahí. A finales de este 2020, verá la luz “The Bitter Truth”, su nuevo LP y continuación de “Synthesis” (2017), pero el primero compuesto únicamente de material original desde el trabajo homónimo de 2011. Sobre este nuevo trabajo nos cuenta la misma Amy Lee muy relajada desde su hogar.

¿Por qué esa espera tan larga por nuevo material?

He estado disfrutando el hacer música de distintas formas y también centrándome en distintos aspectos de mi vida. Me convertí en mamá en ese entonces, eso fue genial, cambió mi manera de pensar y abrió mis ojos, me dio nuevas perspectivas, y también… no sé, necesitaba refrescarme de varias formas. Hice música para una película y un álbum para niños, obviamente inspirada en mi hijo. Eso me hizo trabajar con mi familia, que fue una experiencia especial y única. No me gusta tener que hacer un álbum de Evanescence solo porque tengo que hacerlo, tiene que salir de mí para hacerlo, tienen que estar las ganas, tienes que sentir que haya una razón que te motive. Definitivamente tenemos todo aquello ahora, ha sido bueno poder hacerlo durante este año, incluso con lo difícil que ha sido todo. No tenemos el control de las cosas, y eso hace que todo sea incierto, pero al menos hemos podido hacer nuestra música, hemos podido tomar nuestros sentimientos y plasmarlos en las canciones. Hemos hecho algo que me encanta, que me ha dado energía de una forma hermosa, así que estoy feliz de que haya salido como salió, de la manera que queríamos desde principios de este año, estoy muy confiada de esto.

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Rolling Stone Colombia P&R: Amy Lee

Domingo, Oct 18, 2020
Rolling Stone Colombia P&R: Amy Lee

Hablamos con la vocalista y líder de Evanescence sobre el sencillo Use My Voice, ser mujer en la industria del rock y el panorama actual del género.

En agosto, la agrupación liderada por Amy Lee publicó Use My Voice un tema con el que pretenden animar a las personas a no conformarse y levantar su voz.

Evanescence es una de esas agrupaciones indispensables en el despertar musical de un amante del rock, al menos de mi generación (gen zmillenial o… ¿zillenial?). Y aunque desde el 2011 no conocíamos material nuevo de la banda, este año nos han sorprendido gratamente con varios sencillos que harán parte de su siguiente trabajo discográfico, The Bitter Truth.

Uno de ellos es Use My Voice, tema con el que Amy Lee ha decidido hablar sobre política e invitar a sus fans a que levanten su voz en contra de la injusticia. La canción contó con la colaboración de Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Deena Jakoub (Veridia) y Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), entre otras mujeres que aprecia demasiado.

Siempre será un honor escuchar todo lo que Lee tiene por decir, y en esta ocasión aprovechamos para conversar sobre esta colaboración y lo que hay detrás de ella.

Evanescence ha estado muy activa en los últimos meses, ¿en qué has estado ocupando tu tiempo en este año tan distópico?

Todos los días he estado trabajando muy duro en música. Se ha vuelto mi adicción. Es algo que uso para transmitir mis sentimientos sobre lo que está sucediendo en el mundo.

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Amy Lee Talks Regret From Actions at Height of Evanescence Popularity, Updates on First Album in 9 Years

Viernes, Oct 9, 2020
Amy Lee Talks Regret From Actions at Height of Evanescence Popularity, Updates on First Album in 9 Years

“I don’t even know how to go down that list, it’s so big,” the singer said.

During an appearance on Lazer 103.3, Evanescence singer Amy Lee looked back on the massive success of the band’s 2003 debut album “Fallen,” and some of the regrets she has from that era.

Amy also discussed the band’s upcoming album “The Bitter Truth,” tentatively due later this year as the band’s fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2011’s self-titled.

When asked about the “Fallen” era, the regrets she might have from that period and the lessons she learned, Lee replied (transcribed by UG):

“I don’t even know how to go down that list, it’s so big. More than anything, I was really young when we started and just unsure of myself as a person, as a musician – as anything.

“And things really did rocket-launch for us quickly when we made that album. To be in that spot and to have people looking at you, talking at you about you all of that becoming famous like that – that was hard for me.

“I didn’t start out on this path because I wanted fame. I was a pretty introverted person naturally, and that might have been a lot easier for me if I knew from the outside, from my future self that it was just OK to be myself and what other people think.

“As much as I felt like I would have said that to you back then, that this what was important, it was really hard to put into action, especially when you’re young.

“So just be confident and truly believe – I belong to where I was because, for the first few years of being in this business, it was a constant fight with myself to feel worthy and to feel like I was good enough to be standing on the stage that I was standing on.

“The perspective of just making it through all those concerts and also seeing the much more important, deeper aspect, which was the connection made with people along the way – that music can touch people, and inspire people, and move people in a positive way, even when it’s born out of pain – especially when it’s born out of pain.

“Because they had that pain too, making that connection so much more powerful than if I messed up a note on the piano. I think that that perspective would have been good to me, for sure.

“There’s so much more. I’ve learned a ton about the business – a ton! More than I want to know….”

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Evanescence’s Amy Lee Talks Voting: ‘Nobody Can Speak For You But You’

Lunes, Oct 5, 2020
Evanescence’s Amy Lee Talks Voting: ‘Nobody Can Speak For You But You’

Evanescence‘s Amy Lee has an important message for anyone voting in this year’s election — and for those who are thinking about not using that right.

Lee was the latest guest on iHeartRadio’s “Why I’m Voting” podcast, alongside HeadCount founder Andy Bernstein. During the podcast, Amy opened up about her first time voting, what she does on election day and more. But she had a very important point to share to encourage everyone to vote. She said:

“Nobody can speak for you. Nobody can speak for you, but you. You have to speak for yourself. Don’t let somebody take that from you, use your voice.”

Source: iHeart Radio

Evanescence’s Amy Lee: “What we’re up against now is something that involves everyone”

Viernes, Oct 2, 2020
Evanescence’s Amy Lee: “What we’re up against now is something that involves everyone”

As they prepare to release their first album proper since 2011, Marianne Eloise meets Evanescence’s Amy Lee for a conversation about loss, compromise, truth and the band’s enduring legacy.

Even over the phone, Amy Lee’s presence is soothing. She’s achieved, or earned, a level of calm that comes only with experience, offering her insights and occasionally letting out a big, infectious laugh. At home in Nashville with her husband and six-year-old son, the Evanescence frontwoman’s life has taken a change of pace after moving away from New York last year. She’s been leaning into her new languid lifestyle, particularly after the pandemic began. “I was like, ‘sweet, I’m gonna make homemade dumplings and spend time with my son’ more than anything. I was grateful for that, because we were about to go off on tour and we were going to be apart for a bit,” she tells me.

Ever the workaholic, however, it didn’t take long before Lee was intimidated by the empty space in front of her, and she started to create. “The music is saving me. I’ve gotten to a place now where I am kind of overwhelmed by all of the work I’ve put on top of myself. But honestly, it feels so much better than doing nothing,” she confesses. “Anxiety just takes over. Being able to pour my frustrations and my feelings and my energy into making something that I love and believe in has been saving my life.”

BEING ABLE TO POUR MY FRUSTRATIONS AND MY FEELINGS AND MY ENERGY INTO MAKING SOMETHING THAT I LOVE AND BELIEVE IN HAS BEEN SAVING MY LIFE.

AMY LEE

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