Amy Lee of Evanescence has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, sells out arenas throughout the world, and has had radio hit after hit in multiple countries, and for some reason decided to sit down with Jay and Jacob to chat about it all. In Episode 15, the fellas dig deep with Amy about all things music including working on her new album “Synthesis” (which debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 20 charts) with David Campbell (Beck’s dad). Post-show, she also sent along her own quick hits with descriptions of why she likes the tunes she picked. And Jay & Jacob included their own Best of 2017 playlists.
Evanescence singer Amy Lee caught up with Donny Fandango ahead of their SOLD OUT HoHo Show at Peabody Opera House on Sunday (December 3). She spoke about how the reimagining of Synthesis came to be, including the idea of playing with a full orchestra, playing beautiful theatres while wearing “fancy clothes”, how playing in this type of busy, high-level orchestral atmosphere forces her to focus and “step up” and much more.
“[The song] ‘Hi-Lo’ we’ve had in the bank for a long time,” Amy said (see video below). “I wasn’t quite finished [writing it before], but it’s just a song that never fit anywhere that I’ve been holding on to and waiting to find its right home for 10 years. So it’s this weird thing that I feel very close to already that I’ve had to listen to with my family and my friends to now finish it out and have the orchestra on it. That’s what it needed — it needed that beautiful, luscious emotion that [longtime collaborator, orchestra arranger and composer] David Campbell put on there. But I wrote that song with our producer on this album, the guy that did all the programming, Will [Hunt, not to be confused with Evanescence‘s drummer, also named Will Hunt]. It was our first collaboration together 10 years ago. And the other one, ‘Imperfection’, is brand new. We just wrote it this year. And it was very collaborative between Will, again, and also David Campbell, the arranger. He’s done all the string arranging for Evanescence for all of our albums, but this one… We went in [and said], ‘Let’s go in and go really deep and rip [the songs] apart and elevate ’em to another place together and make something new.’ So for all of it, and the new [song] included, he was a real part of what laid the foundation of what was gonna happen. So it gave the music and the writing and everything a chance to grow in some different directions.”
The Evanescence leader discusses her band’s ‘Synthesis album, and the inspiration behind single “Imperfection.”
Thirty years ago, when metal and hard rock ruled the airwaves, the genre had few female artists in the spotlight. During the ’90s, female-fronted bands like Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Within Temptation and Nightwish started building their careers, but no woman in the scene achieved significant mainstream crossover success.
Then in 2003, Evanescence released its major-label debut, Fallen. Breakout track “Bring Me to Life” introduced the Arkansas quintet’s sound: singer-pianist Amy Lee’s siren vocals paired with crunchy guitars and gothic-flavored atmospheres. To date, the album has sold 8 million copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen Music.
Lee’s success expanded the opportunities for other rock acts featuring women, and since then, groups like Paramore, The Pretty Reckless and Halestorm have made their mark. Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen, who cites Evanescence as being her first concert when she was about 10 years old, considers Lee an innovator. Continue reading
Evanescence’s just released fourth album Synthesis — out via BMG in the United States and Sony in Europe/Australia — has debuted as the #1 Rock Album in the United States —the #4 best-selling album overall–and at #8 on the Top 200 album charts. In its debut week, Synthesis reached #1 on the iTunes Rock and Alternative charts in over 40 countries worldwide.
Get your copy of Evanescence’s new release here!
Through the official facebook of the band Amy Lee will be doing a track-by-track of the album Synthesis. Read the first four songs here:
“That progression includes bits from some of our earliest music, including ‘Whisper,’ which was one of the first songs we ever recorded and anyone ever heard from us.”
Evanescence‘s “Synthesis” sold 34,000 equivalent album units in the week ending November 16, according to Nielsen Music, to land at position No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. Of that sum, 30,000 were in traditional album sales. The set is a reimagining of some of Evanescence‘s best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones. “Synthesis” is Evanescence‘s first album since its 2011 self-titled release, which debuted at No. 1. The new album is the group’s fourth top 10 effort, following “Evanescence”, “The Open Door” (No. 1 in 2006) and “Fallen” (No. 3, 2003).
Evanescence is giving away a few exclusive Synthesis merch bundles via Tunespeak.
Tunespeak is an online platform that enables users to listen to music, watch videos and photos, and share with friends in order to earn points. It acts as a loyalty platform for musicians.
Enter here: https://www.tunespeak.com/campaign/5a05b6511d96c55fa0000d6f
1st Prize: 3 Winners
• One (1) Exclusive Signed Merch Pack from Evanescence including:
– One (1) ‘Imperfection’ Tee
– One (1) ‘Synthesis‘ Journal
– One (1) ‘Synthesis‘ Hoodie
– One (1) Signed ‘Synthesis‘ CD
Important Rules (see the full official rules here):
TUNESPEAK WIN AN EXCLUSIVE SIGNED MERCH PACK FROM EVANESCENCE SWEEPSTAKES (“SWEEPSTAKES”) IS OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) OR THE UNITED KINGDOM, THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY and who have a valid Tunespeak account.
Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 AM Central Time (“CT”) on 11/17/2017 and ends at 07:00 AM Central Time (“CT”) on 01/17/2018.
Sources: Amy Lee Fans, Crunchbase
Paul R. Brown, photographer/designer behind the Synthesis artwork & photoshoot, is selling some limited edition prints on his website.