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Evanescence Biography

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Birth Place: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: ''See Below''

Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. The lineup of the band has changed several times with keyboardist David Hodges leaving in 2002, co-founder Moody left in 2003, bassist Will Boyd in 2006, followed by guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray in 2007. The last two changes led to a hiatus, with temporary band members contributing to tour performances. Current members include Lee, guitarist Terry Balsamo, bassist Tim McCord and drummers Will “Science” Hunt and Will Hunt.

After recording private albums, the band released their first full-length album, “Fallen,” on Wind-up Records in 2003. “Fallen” sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and helped the band win two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance. “Fallen” spent 104 weeks on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, with 58 of those weeks in the Top 20 eventually peaking at #3. In the United States, the album was certified 7x platinum by June 2008. The lead single “Bring Me to Life” topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and Pop 100 chart and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. It also peaked at #4 on the Adult Pop Songs chart. The song initially peaked within the Christian rock charts as well, partially because of the lyrics being interpreted as a call for new life in Jesus Christ by several listeners. It was certified platinum in 2003, selling more than one million copies in the U.S. alone.

A year later, Evanescence released their first live album, “Anywhere but Home,” which sold more than one million copies worldwide and reached the Billboard 200 Top 40.

In 2006, the band released their second studio album, “The Open Door,” which was certified platinum in the U.S. just over a month after its release, and has since sold more than seven million copies worldwide. “The Open Door” reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and earned a nomination at the 50th Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Sweet Sacrifice.” The first single from the album, “Call Me When You're Sober,” was a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. The second single was “Lithium” and the third was the nominated “Sweet Sacrifice.”