Evanescence – American rock band
Evanescence is an American rock band. It was founded by Amy Lee and Ben Moody in 1996. They met at a summer camp when she was 13 and he was 14. At first they didn’t even notice each other, but one evening Ben caught Amy playing the piano and singing. Soon they became friends and started to write songs together.
They chose a name for their group – Evanescence. It means “to disappear like vapour”.
They drew inspiration from goth, electronica and movie soundtracks. As a result a new style was created. Amy Lee called it Dark epic rock.
Their first single Bring me to life was included in the soundtrack for the blockbuster movie Daredevil and became a global hit. In 2002, Evanescence signed a contract with the popular label Wind-up Records. The band has achieved great popularity in early 2003 with the release of the album Fallen. At the Grammy Award of 2004, they won two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance. In 2004, they released their first live album Evanescence Anywhere but Home. In 2006, the second studio album, The Open Door was released.
In 2008, Bring Me to Life became one of the songs released in TOP 50 Best Selling Singles! (1999-2008).
The band members changed several times. Keyboardist David Hodges (2002), guitarists Ben Moody (2003), John Lecompte (2007) and Terry Balsamo (2015), bassist Will Boyd (2006), drummer Rocky Gray (2007) left the band at various times. Only vocalist Amy Lee is with the band from the beginning.
Amy Lee (vocals, keyboards, harp, 1996 – present)
Tim McCord (bass, 2006 – present)
Will Hunt (drums, 2010 – present)
Troy McLawhorn (lead guitar, 2011 – present)
Jen Majuro (rhythm guitar, 2015 – present)
Ben Moody (guitar solo, 1996-2003)
David Hodges (keyboards, backing vocals, 1999-2002)
John LeCompt (rhythm guitar, 2002-2007)
Rocky Gray (drums, 2002-2007)
Will Boyd (bass, 2002-2006)
Terry Balsamo (rhythm guitar, 2003-2015)