In the year 1995, singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody joined hands and formed this band. After a long time of releasing their albums independently, they came together and released their first album collectively known as ‘Fallen’ with the help of Wind-up records. This milestone was in 2003. Fallen received a lot of positive responses, and they were able to sell more than seventeen million copies of the album. This album also got them to accept seven nominations at the Grammy Awards, two of which they won. They also ranked six of the best selling albums of 2008.
A year after their first release, they worked on another album known as ‘Anywhere but Home’ and this sold over one million copies. More records have since come out.
Type of music they play
The music played by Evanescence falls into some categories which include but are not limited to gothic metal, nu metal, alternative metal, and hard rock.
The band currently comprises of five people.
- Amy Lee
Singer/ pianist Amy Lee is one of the co-founders of this band and has been performing with the band since its inception in the year 1995. Her roles in the group include singing lead vocals, playing the keyboard and the harp.
- Troy McLawhorn
He is in charge of playing the lead guitar, a role he took up in 2011. Between 2007 and 2011, he was a ‘live’ member.
- Jen Majura
Jen joined the band in 2015. She plays the rhythm guitar and sings backing vocals for the group.
- Tim McCord
Having joined in 2006, Tim plays the bass guitar.
- Will Hunt
Will was a ‘live’ member between the years 2007 and 2010. As from 2010, he took over the playing of drums as well as percussion.
Some fall-outs have taken place over the years, leading to the dropping out of some members such as Ben Moody, David Hodges, Will Boyd, Terry Balsamo, John LeCompt and Rocky Gray.
Both Francesco DiCosmo and Josh Freese played with the band in 2002, and they make appearances on the album Fallen.
Some of their best selling albums include Fallen, The Open Door, Origin, Synthesis, Anywhere But Home, Evanescence, Unreleased, Not For Your Ears, Lost Whispers, Mystery, And Sound Asleep.
tour dates in the UK
Evanescence will make appearances in the UK in 2018 starting from 30th March up to 6th April. On both the 30th and 31st of March, they will play at Royal Festival Hall in London. They will then perform at 02 Apollo; Manchester on the 2nd of April before heading to Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on the 3rd. SECArmadillo in Glasgow on the 5th will be their second last stop before they finish their tour with a grand performance at Sheffield City Hall on the 6th.
With two decades of experience, this band is going places!