No vanishing act for
Evanescence's Amy Lee
even a year and a half ago, the notion of Evanescence's Amy Lee discussing how
to handle her money with a journalist might have been laughable. The 22-year-old
Lee was living with several roommates in her native Little Rock, Ark., waiting
for her band's first album to come out and praying for the best.
as anyone who's listened to a radio in the past year is well aware, the best is
exactly what she got.
Evanescence's debut album, "Fallen,"
became an incredible hit. Largely on the strength of the single "Bring Me
to Life," the CD has sold more than 5.3 million copies in the U.S. and 12
million worldwide. In mid-July 2004, "Fallen" marked its 71st consecutive
week on Billboard's Top 100, charting at a very respectable No. 26. And, at the
most recent Grammy Awards, the band took home two trophies -- for Best New Artist
and Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bring Me to Life."
from the collaboration of Lee and childhood friend Ben Moody, who met and began
writing songs while in their early teens. The songs on "Fallen" were
written collaboratively, and the two were regarded as the band's guiding lights.
So Lee was caught off guard last October when, with the album soaring up the charts
and the band in the midst of a worldwide tour, Moody packed his bags and left
for home without warning.
A guitarist friend was soon recruited
to take his place, and Evanescence continued on, leaving the question of how much
of the band's identity Moody took with him. That question, of course, will remain
unanswered until Evanescence releases its sophomore effort. But Lee is confident
the band's creative stride will continue.
Bankrate spoke to Lee
about the perils of being thrown into fame.
With such quick success, how do you handle dealing with the business end of things?
Lee: The business (stinks). I try to stay out of it as much as possible, but
you can't completely or you get screwed over. It's a tough business. It's kind
of designed to screw the artist. My grandpa is an attorney. When we were first
going to sign a record contract, we started showing the contracts to my grandpa,
and he's like, "I don't understand. These are all horrible. I would never
advise a client to sign anything like this." And it's not just about contracts.
We're doing fine, obviously, but it's just such a screwed-up industry. I hate
to get into the business end. I'd rather just hire good people to handle it for
Bankrate: Have you been able to find good people?
Lee: Yeah, I have. It takes a lot of looking, but they're definitely out there.