The Goth-Metal Alternative-Rock act Evanescence started out as a duo in Little Rock, Arkansas USA, in the late '90s, comprising vocalist + pianist Amy Lee and guitarist + songwriter Ben Moody.
The two recorded and released a couple of independent EPs and a full-length
album, "Origin", that landed them a deal with Wind-up Records.
Evanescence then expanded their line-up with the addition of second guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray. Their major label debut album, "Fallen", was finally released in March 2003; it rose to #3 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and topped both Canadian and British Albums Pop charts on the strenght of their masterpiece, "Bring Me To Life", a single track, highlighted by a guest vocal from Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, which rose to #1 on The Modern Rock chart, crashed into the top 5 of The Billboard Hot 100 and became in a few months an international chart topper; it was followed by two more Modern Rock top 40 hit singles including the #5 "Going Under" and "Everybody's Fool"; the delicate ballad, "My Immortal", hit #7 on The Billboard Hot 100 and helped the band's first album sell over 15 million copies worldwide. The band toured heavily behind the record and bass player William Boyd joined the band to complete the live line-up.
At the 46th annual Grammy ceremony Evanescence took home honors for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bring Me To Life".
In October 2003 Moody abruptly abandoned the group in the midst of a European tour, he was replaced by guitarist Terry Balsamo, formerly of NuMetal outfit Cold.
In November 2004 was released the live set "Anywhere But Home", which included a new song and the cover of Korn's "Thoughtless", the record reached #39 on The Billboard 200.
But there were more roadblocks ahead: before a sophomore album could
be finished, Balsamo suffered a stroke in 2005 and also Boyd left the
fold to be replaced by Tim McCord.
Evanescence released its second album in October 2006, "The Open Door" debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart and more the album eventually hit pole position in several countries around the planet. The disc included the smash single "Call Me When You're Sober", #10 on The Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on The Modern Rock Tracks; the following year the group had another modest hit with "Lithium", #37 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart.
"Evanescence" is the title of the band's third album. It was originally scheduled for a fall 2010 release but was delayed due to a number of circumstances; various line-up changes prevented their next offering, the band now consists of Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, Tim McCord and new members ex-Seether guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt formerly of Dark New Day. Released in October 2011 the self-titled album shot to #1 on The Billboard 200 and the first single, "What You Want", charmed its way into a respectable berth just outside the top 10 on both Alternative and Rock Songs charts.