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Ben Moody, William Boyd and David Hodges.
Folks new to Evanescence fandom may be surprised to learn that Ben Moody and Amy Lee, the founding members of Evanescence, met at church camp. I interviewed Ben in 1998 and here's how he characterized the meeting:
Several years ago Amy and myself were attending a youth camp. I was playing with the praise and worship group and Amy was a camper. During some kind of break/recreation time I was sitting in the gym watching a basketball game. On the other side of the court was a stage for plays and a piano. I was just sitting there bored to tears when all of the sudden I was given a quick jolt as my ears were filled with the sound of the piano intro to Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love."
I looked over at the piano and there was this girl effortlessly displaying emmence amounts of talent. After my initial envious rage subsided I hopped to my feet and ran right through the basketball game straight to the piano and introduced myself.
She then impressed me further with songs that she had written. I thought I was in heaven. But then she sang. I nearly died. coming from this tiny little youth camp reject was one of the most powerful, beautiful voicies I'd ever heard. So I somehow convinced her to never play with anyone else again and she's been mine ever since.
Ben and Amy soon began recording songs like "Give Unto Me" and "Understanding" under the name Evanescence. With such influences as Type O Negative, Living Sacrifice (who, rumor has it, once asked Ben to join as guitarist, but he turned them down to continue focusing on Evanescence), Portishead and Sarah McLachlan they began to craft a unique sound that took in elements of metal, electronic music and (probably without intending it) goth rock.
Brad Caviness started to play "Understanding" and "Give Unto Me" on the radio show he co-hosted on KABF in Little Rock, giving Evanescence their first exposure to the world at large.
Their debut EP was released in December of 1998 at their first show (to my knowledge) at Vino's in Little Rock. The run of 100 CDRs sold out quickly that night.
At some point David Hodges joined the band on keys , but I can't give you any details on that because I don't know how that transpired. I can say that those close to the band were in shock, as Ben Moody is a notorious perfectionist who has a hard time finding anyone who he feels comfortable playing music with.
The Whisper EP was released around this time by the band with help from BigWig Enterprises on CDR (limited to 50 copies).
In time the Evanescence live show was rounded out with such members as Will Boyd (the Visitors) John Lecompt (formerly of Mindrage, currently of Kill System) and Rocky Gray (of Soul Embraced, Kill System and Living Sacrifice).
Recently David Hodges has parted ways with the band, hoping to return to his musical roots and start a new band in the Christian market. Rumor has it he and Matt Outlaw are currently writing songs for this project. John Lecompt and Rocky Gray are now considered full-fledged members of the band.
This band, once only know to us lucky few, has taken the world by storm. Their major-label debut Fallen on Wind-Up Records, home to bands such as 12 Stones and Drowning Pool has gone 5x Platinum in the US alone. The overpowering sounds of Evanescence have definently set them apart from any other band in 2003, and have won them many awards to include two grammys! However with all their success, also came lots of disappointments. With the loss of Ben Moody the question on everyone's mind is with 2/3'rds of the original band now gone will Evanescence be able to pump out an even better sophmore album? I guess only time will tell!
Thanks to aIIourlives@aol.com for submitting the biography.
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I LOVE THIS SO MUCH | Reviewer: JadeR | 1/26/14
I first knew about this band when a woman call Aliki on Britain's got talent sang bring me to life then I fell in love with evanescence, know playing bring me to life on my Flute, trying it find the notes.....
I Love This Band | Reviewer: Jennifur Widebrook | 11/5/13
The first song that I heard was Bring Me To Life I loved it. When I heard Lost In Paradise I didn't want to stop listening. I love this band can't wait for new songs. I LOVE EVANESCENCE!!!! ROCK ON!!
thx for a lot | Reviewer: Alauna ;P | 5/1/13
I listen to evanescence a lot. thank you guys you have always cheered me up when im feeling down. Amy lee your voice is beautiful and i love to sing also someday i would love to have a voice like yours. yall have saved me through many hard times and i cant thank you enough for tht because i have many people who need me here. One day i would like to have the same effect on others like evanescence has on me. once again thank you for everything
The best rock/metal/gothic band ever!!! | Reviewer: Camryn | 4/23/13
When i first started listening to Evanescence i got hooked on there music like it spoke to me. Amy Lee has the most beautiful voice i have ever heard and since i like things about blood, death,rock and other things i listened to there music everyday. I still isten to them b/c there awesome and hope they get back from there break and create more songs. Cnt wait!!!
I'm an avid fan of yours since 2003..... | Reviewer: jhem_14(from Phil.) | 4/19/13
When I first heard your music, which was "Bring Me To Life..." I got an instant heart madness for you guys, and then I saw your lead vocalist's fashion statement which who's "Ms. Amy Lee" I begun to loved and be crazily supported to you guys.... Until now, I am a really die-hard fan of yours.... I Love You all Guys!!!!! KEEPIN' ROCKIN' THE ENTIRE WORLD, LET'S RRRRROOOOOOOOCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
evanescense forever | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/5/12
amy lee you rock your voice is incredibly beautiful and so so so amazing and i like your style you are real gothic girl and i like your fashion its gothic and yet its rock i hope you visit the philippines soon you have more funs here
Evanescence's follower | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/4/12
Amy Lee is the best singer I have ever heard. She has such a beautiful voice. I wish she came to Greece again for some days!
Furthermore when I hear her music I feel like I'm on soft clouds and I don't want to go back to the reality.....
Awesomeness | Reviewer: Insert Name Here | 9/24/11
I first heard Going Under on Kerrang! TV, about...three years ago? I was hooked. Looking forward to the new album, hoping it's as awesome as the two I've heard, amazingly talented band, reccomend them to anyone! ...now, to listen to The Only One, again.
Bring Me To Life | Reviewer: Mikhaela | 6/2/11
i like this song because the voice is the wind of God and Be a good boy/girl with your heart also....! and because i want also to become a singer...! Just like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez & Taylor Swift...! and thanks...!
AMY LEE | Reviewer: Trisha Shaffer | 9/28/10
I adore Amy Lee and the whole Evanescence band. I have all thier albums and when I hear Amy Lee's voice, I feel like she's singing to me. I LOVE YOU EVANESCENCE, don't stop playing or I'll die (I'm kidding of course)
wow................amylee | Reviewer: haokip | 9/11/10
evanescence is the best band ever.they had a different kinds of musics..when i listen to there music,it makes me feel like i'm in heaven,i love the band evanescence..and also i love you amy lee,keep rocking on..
evanescence forever!! | Reviewer: NaZaNiN!!! | 8/2/10
evanescence is the best band ever!they have diffrent types of musics and this is the reas0n that i've fallen in l0ve with evanescence!!i never get tired of their song NEVER!!amy is the best poet!!all songs are meaningful,deep and awesome!!i love amy and evanescence forever and i cant wait for the next album!!I LOVE YOU AMY!I LOVE YOU EVANESCENCE!!please keep on singing your perfect songs!because i cant live without them!!go0d luck dear amy:-*:-*
i'm crazy about evanescence!! | Reviewer: anna | 7/2/10
i'm one of the biggest fan of evanescence because they have perfect and emotional songs for each situation in life and their songs can really help in diffrent situations!i cant wait for the next album!
Amy i love you and your songs till my last breath!!(even in death)good luck dear amy:-*
Youth camp??? Hummmmm.... | Reviewer: duane | 6/7/10
I had the pleasure of meeting a young lady at a youth camp when I was younger, Only I was the one in the youth camp? I'll leave out the details? Amy?? Anyone read there Bio on the web? Yes there a good band.
I love this band | Reviewer: Louree | 5/26/10
The first song I heard was sweer sacrifice and I fell Inlove whit the band it's been 5 years and I'm still rockin whit them they have alot of talent and I wish they could produce much more I LOVE U EVANESENCE.
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