Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer.She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence.
Lee is also the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation, Out of the Shadows.
During Evanescence's hiatus, Lee embarked on her film score career in 2013 by composing the soundtrack to War Story (2014) and Indigo Grey: The Passage (2015) with cellist Dave Eggar.
Lee cites influences ranging from composers such as Mozart and Danny Elfman, to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill.
She has a brother named Robby and two sisters, Carrie and Lori.
Lee had a younger sister who died in 1987 at the age of three from an unidentified illness.
In an interview on AOL Music, Lee said that the first songs she remembered writing were called "Eternity of the Remorse" and "A Single Tear".The first was written when she was eleven years old and wanted to become a classical composer, and the second was for an assignment when she was in the eighth grade.and they eventually recorded two EPs, Evanescence EP (1998) and Sound Asleep EP (1999), selling them at various local venues.In 2000, Evanescence recorded the longer EP Origin.This demo contains three songs from the debut album Fallen and was written by Lee and Moody: "Whisper", "Imaginary" and "My Immortal".Whereas "Whisper" and "Imaginary" were altered before being included on Fallen, "My Immortal" is virtually unchanged, apart from additional string arrangements.