Evanescence Singer Amy Lee Shows Off Surprising New Musical Gifts on Upcoming Album
From the outside, it would appear as though the last few years have been relatively quiet for Evanescence. But a lot has happened in the life of leader and big-voiced singer Amy Lee during that time.
Starting around 2007, she pursued some personal growth -- or as she puts it, made a conscious effort to "find myself as an adult." And in the process, Lee also expanded her musical horizons by learning the harp, which she plays on Evanescence's new self-titled third album, which arrives Oct. 11.
"It's really cool to be able to play another instrument," says Lee, who learned classical piano as a youth. "It's great. It makes you think a different way; it makes you write a different way."
Getting a good feel for the harp was a challenge, admits Lee, "but I knew that I had a little bit of a head start because of the piano playing. It's not completely different. It's a grand piano upright instead of on its side. … It's sort of like a mix between piano and guitar."
Lee is very pleased with the outcome of the new Evanescence album. What she feels is "different … and better to me" about it is the "really strong band core — this musician feeling of a live band at the center of it all."