Singer is 'overwhelmed' by the response to a live recording of new song 'Find A Way.'
Evanescence singer Amy Lee has been keeping busy while her band battles its former label, Wind-Up Records, recording a score for the upcoming indie film "War Story."
As she told MTV News, the majority of that music is atmospheric, as she and composer Dave Eggar concentrated on building "walls of sounds ... blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers ... a lot of ominous tones." But the film does feature one brand-new song from her, an electronic track called "Push The Button," and it's not the only thing she's been working on in recent months.
As any Evanescence fan is surely aware of, at a Wellspring House benefit show late last year, Lee premiered a song called "Find a Way," and footage of the performance has been making the rounds on YouTube ever since.
Frontwoman talks to MTV News about her 'ominous' score for the indie film 'War Story.'
First things first: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee isn't talking about the band's lawsuit against their label, Wind-Up Records.
"I can't say a word, I'm sorry," she sighed. "It's really for the best right now."
What she is willing to speak about is the score — her first — she's just recorded with friend and composer Dave Eggar for the indie film "War Story," which will premiere later this month at Sundance. And what she has to say might not be music to the ears of Evanescence fans awaiting the follow-up to their 2011 self-titled album.
"It's going to surprise my fans. It's not what you'd expect; the film is very dark, very introspective. There's not even a lot of dialogue, which is great, because to me it makes this beautiful, sad platform for music," Lee said. "There's a lot of blending of sounds, a lot of ominous tones. I play a lot of keyboard, and a lot of Taurus pedal. There's a lot of low drones.
"There are moments of playing, and it's musical, but there are a lot of moments where Dave and I just built walls of sounds, out of blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers and harp, all on top of each other," she continued. "Sort of creating new sounds. It's not, like, a soundtrack. it's an atmosphere."
Evanescence may be mired in legalities with its former record company, but that's not keeping Amy Lee from plotting the group's fourth album.
Lee tells us that she's coming through leftovers from 2011's "Evanescence" as well as coming up with fresh material for the group.
"I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven't shared yet and I still believe in them, so...you may still get your chance to hear all that stuff...I really only get into that mode when I'm home and finally separated from the chaos of a public life."
"Evanescence" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 but sold considerably less than its two predecessors.
Lee recently filed suit against Wind-Up Records for $1.5 million in owed royalties, and the suit also alleges that the label undermined the success of the band's self-titled 2011 album by among other things employing deficient independent promoters to work the set.
Wind-Up recently sold Evanescence's back catalog and no longer lists the group as one of its active artists.
"Evanescence founder Amy Lee is waging war with her longtime record label ... claiming the label all but ruined the group and in the process chiseled them out of more than a million bucks ... TMZ has learned.
The singer claims Wind-Up Records hatched a plot to sabotage Evanescence by replacing its promoters with a bunch of idiots who ended up torpedoing the group with lame ideas.
Lee says to add insult to injury the label has withheld $1.5 million in royalties.
The label is mum."
"9.) A New Evanescence Album: I know y’all still know the words to “Bring Me To Life.” Now it’s time to bring a new Evanescence album to life, amirite?? I’m right. Because they haven’t dropped a new disc since their 2011 self-titled, and we want MOAR Amy Lee."
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"The fourth season of PBS' Emmy-winning Bluegrass Underground series - the best looking and sounding music on television - will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass, Americana, roots-rock and the cutting edges of acoustic music. But you don't have to wait for it to come to your TV. Expanded to four days, the marathon video shoot is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014, in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tenn., with tickets going on sale soon at bluegrassunderground.com."
"The breakout performer of the weekend could well be the amazing Dave Eggar, a virtuoso cellist who earlier played our sister show Music City Roots at the Loveless Barn. March 8, he'll make his BGU debut, bringing along the wonderful singer Amy Lee of Evanescence fame, Chuck Palmer. Percussionist and, in a first for Bluegrass Underground, a dance troupe - Hammerstep, an innovative group that mixes traditional Irish step dancing with hip hop, tap and other influences."
Saturday, March 8
Wind-up Records recently completed a deal to sell its legacy master recordings to The Bicycle Music Company, the Concord Music Group and their affiliates. The library includes master recordings, albums and multimedia produced by Wind-up and its artists over a 16-year period, including seventy-six RIAA gold, platinum, multi-platinum and diamond award certifications from artists that include Creed, Drowning Pool, Evanescence, Finger Eleven, Seether and many more.
"Today is a great day for Wind-up and our amazing group of artists,” said Wind-Up CEO & President Ed Vetri about the move. “Our roster of platinum, multi-platinum and diamond artists will now be able to call Concord and Bicycle their new home. I am confident with the experience of their staffs and scale of the combined companies our artists will find continued growth and achieve even greater levels of success. The future of Wind-up is diverse, exciting and strong. We continue to build our strength as an artist-driven independent label with our growing roster of amazing new talent with the goal of developing career artists."
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"Legends and Lyrics", the television show we've worked so incredibly hard on, is coming back to television in 2014! We will be broadcast in the U.S. on PBS and will be distributed by the BBC Worldwide for international broadcast through out Europe, Australia, and other regions. We were blessed to be part of the show in the role of Talent Supervisor and some huge things are going on behind the scenes to make this finally happen.
Friends in the entertainment industry, if we've spoken about your artist appearing as a "Legend" or a "Rising Star", please reach back out to me or I will be in touch with you! If your a singer/songwriter or have a band and I took you to Nashville or showcased before, please reach back out to me as we start to plan things out.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
A statement from the show's owners...
"As a long overdue update to our wonderful fans and supporters, shortly after the airing of Season 1, our production company suffered a tragic set back. Creator, Director, and resident “Big Idea Dreamer”, Will Mitchell, was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. As you might expect, following that, there were moments of uncertainty as to the future of our show. We here at Legends & Lyrics were all deeply impacted by this news, both personally and professionally. But as a testament to Will’s vision, love, and respect for the art of songwriting, we are happy to announce we are adding to our production team and hope to be back on the air in 2014 with our much anticipated Season 2. We appreciate all the fans of the series and hope you feel that it is worth the wait.
We will once again be broadcasting through American Public Television in Full HD. And in addition, we are being distributed by BBC Worldwide for international broadcast.
We thank you for your patience and support during our absence.
Evanescence‘s Amy Lee has become an idol for countless hopeful female singers, songwriters and pianists worldwide.
The American songstress became rock’s most influential female with the release of the Evanescence breakthrough album ‘Fallen’ in 2003. Her performances on ‘Bring Me to Life,’ ‘My Immortal,’ ‘Call Me When You’re Sober’ and more hits have kept her in the limelight for a decade, with her gothic beauty and unmistakable talent rallying up a cult fan base rivaling almost any active musician today. After completing a heavy 2012 tour schedule, Lee is currently taking a bit of a break to “figure things out.”
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"They threw us out of the office. They said, 'A chick and a piano? Are you kidding? On rock radio?'"
According to Wind-up Records president Ed Vetri, that's what a radio programmer said back in 2003 when Wind-up knocked on the station's door to solicit airplay for a new band. It indeed had a chick and a piano. The woman was Amy Lee, singer of Arkansas rock band Evanescence. The song was "Bring Me To Life," which first appeared on the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner movie "Daredevil." The rest is history.
The PD's name? Vetri politely wouldn't say. But to be fair, Evanescence was nothing like the bands then dominating the rock channels. Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit merged rap and rock. Mudvayne and System of a Down sounded jerky and chaotic. Korn, Slipknot and Staind were down-tuned and morbid. That was one reason Lee's mezzo-soprano broke through the ocean of testosterone: a melodic counterpoint was overdue. Female rock fans also appreciated having someone of their own gender to look up to — an anti-thesis to pop entertainers who co-wrote her music and didn't rely on Auto-Tune.
Evanescence dodged the alleged curse of the best new artist grammy (the band won it in 2004) by selling 7.7 million copies of its Wind-up debut, Fallen, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was propelled by "Bring Me to Life" and follow-up hits "Going Under," "Everybody's Fool" and "My Immortal." The monstrous success still had a price: conflict between Lee and co-songwriter/guitarist Ben Moody resulted in his abrupt resignation while Evanescence toured in support of Fallen. The rest of the band that was together at the time of the album's release — bassist Will Boyd, guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray — later exited, the latter two under bitter circumstances. And Lee later admitted she considered calling it a day after completing touring for sophomore album The Open Door.
Ten years on, while Lee continues with Evanescence, Fallen has aged gracefully. It's easy to hear why the band was among the class of rock groups that went multiplatinum at the turn of the millennium. Its formidable combination of power and melody was more than enough of a foundation to withstand the trends of its time.
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