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About Amy Lee

Amy Lynn Lee (born December 13, 1981) is an American singer. She founded the band Evanescence with Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp when Lee was playing Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" on the piano.

Lee was born in Riverside, California. She has a brother and two sisters. At school, Lee was president of the choir council, and appeared in a number of plays. Her family moved to many places, including Illinois, Kansas, and Florida, but finally settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Evanescence started. She graduated from Pulaski Academy in the year 2000. She also briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University.

When Lee was 6, her 3 year old sister, Bonnie, died, and thus years later Lee recorded the song "Hello", featured on the Fallen album. This is the only song on Fallen that the band has not performed live.

She has been in a relationship with Shaun Morgan of the band Seether since May 2003, and sings with him on Seether's song "Broken".

Lee has a trademark gothic style, marked by her occasional use of gothic make-up (black eyeliner) and unique fashion which consists of often Victorian-styled clothing. She is known to design her own clothes, and sometimes even sew them herself. Starting her own clothing line has not been ruled out, according to her, although she has expressed concerns about the viability of such an endeavour, as she has mentioned that she prefers to create unique hand-crafted costumes rather than mass-produced fashions. In concerts, she often wears a corset or fishnet, and has a notable piercing on her left eyebrow which is visible on the cover of Fallen (Evanescence's debut album), even though fans have noted she appears to have removed it (at least temporarily) in recent concerts.

Many fans praise Lee for her refusal to emulate other celebrities by using sex appeal in her music. She has stated on a number of occasions that she would never "flash" her breasts or engage in other publicity stunts which would draw attention to herself. In fact, in the music video for "Everybody's Fool," she aimed to mock such artists by suggesting celebrities who use sex to appeal to an audience are "everybody's fool" and are in fact, merely peddling "lies" (the unifying theme of the music video).

Many fans have also suggested that she is very down to earth and refuses to be politically correct. In a recent interview, for instance, she called Velvet Revolver's latest album "a bore." She also uses profanity without hesitation. However, she has said, flat out, she is a Christian and is "very" in touch with her spirit.

Lee once stated in an interview while on tour that the successful duet "Bring Me to Life", featuring Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, was inspired when she met a friend of a friend. A total stranger who did not know her, somehow could see inside her and when he spoke, his words, "woke her up inside". This encounter with a true "Word of Knowledge" inspired the hit that would launch her career.

Fun Facts
Siblings: Brother Robbie, sisters Carrie and Laurie
Original Hair Color: Brown (dyed black)
Original Eye Color: Green (sometimes wears blue contacts)
She had a cat named Fievel, because one of her favorite movies was An American Tail.
She also has a cat named Zero after the song by Smashing Pumpkins that Evanescence has covered, as well, though unconfirmed, named after the dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The first album she owned was The California Raisins tape.
She loves Stevie Wonder.
She doesn't understand why anyone wants to wear thongs.
She dislikes politics, and thinks Arnold Schwarzenegger is hilarious.
At 13, she was a little overweight and had poofy hair.
Her favorite hobbies include painting, drawing, and writing in her journals.
She's allergic to lobster, if she eats it she could go into a coma.
Favorite movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Favorite actor/actress: Giovanni Ribisi
She used to be head of her choir.
She says she's "just a princess in a rockstar age".
Her life philosophy is "Love Yourself".
Her dad works as a DJ and her mom worked raising her 3 siblings.
Michael Jackson was her idol growing up.
Her favorite holiday is Halloween.

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