Evanescence is a Grammy Award winning alternative rock band from Little Rock,
Arkansas. Early in their career, the rock band garnered local fame in Little Rock before releasing
their debut album Fallen. This debut album went on to sell over 14 million copies
worldwide featuring the hit tracks "My Immortal", "Bring Me to Life" and "Everybody's Fool".
Although usually categorized as rock, Evanescence's musical style cannot be easily grouped into one category. The band are sometimes labelled by media sources as, and take influences from genres including Gothic metal, Alternative Rock, Nu-Metal, Piano rock, Arena rock and Wagnerian Rock.
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Evanescence was founded by singer, pianist and songwriter Amy Lee and former lead guitarist and songwriter Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp in Arkansas, where Moody heard Lee playing "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf on the piano. Their first full length demo CD, Origin (2000), is relatively unknown. The band also released two EPs. First, the self-titled Evanescence EP (1998) of which about 100 copies were made, and second the Sound Asleep EP, also known as the Whisper EP (1999), limited to 50 copies.
Evanescence's first major album, Fallen, has been certified 6x Platinum, spent 43 weeks in the Billboard Top 10 and has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. As of April 2005 Fallen is one of only eight albums in the history of the chart to spend a full year (52 weeks) in the Billboard Top 50. Evanescence's major label debut single "Bring Me to Life", which features guest vocals from Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, was a global hit for the band and reached #5 on the American Billboard Hot 100. It also provided Evanescence with their first UK #1, where it stayed for five weeks from June-July 2003. The equally popular "My Immortal" peaked at #7 in the US and UK charts. Their inclusion in the soundtrack for the action movie Daredevil helped propel both songs into widespread popularity and firmly cemented Evanescence within the music scene. "Bring Me to Life" garnered recognition for the band at the Grammy Awards of 2004, where the band was given the Best Hard Rock Performance award. At the same time, Evanescence was awarded Best New Artist.
Evanescence will be touring at the end of 2006 to promote their new album, The Open Door. During live shows, Evanescence often performs cover songs from alternative rock bands, such as A Perfect Circle, Garbage, Metallica and Korn. They have also covered other alternative rock artists such as the now-defunct Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins.