It’s hard to imagine Evanescence without its talented frontwoman Amy Lee, but the singer has revealed that her label once tried suggested they use a male singer in order to show audiences something “familiar”.
Speaking to The Forty-Five, Amy looked back on the release of the band’s iconic 2003 track ‘Bring Me To Life’, saying that they had included guest vocalist Paul McCoy as a compromise over the label pushing for a male singer in the band.
“The fact that it was a woman and a piano that started the track was just too much,” she said, adding that they wanted a male singer in the band full time, much to her disagreement. “I had to think we were being dropped for that because I said no. Eventually, we came to the compromise that we only had to do it on one song and it could be a guest vocalist.”
“That was really hard for me because I had to start out with our first song feeling like I made a sacrifice on my art,” Amy said.
“If that song, like that, was the only thing people ever heard of us on a mainstream level and then we went away, I would be not happy,” she continued. “I would be very disappointed in my career, because I would have felt really misunderstood and like I should have stood up for myself in the first place.”
“Luckily I did stand up for myself, but I would have wished that I’d tried harder. We did survive it, thank God,” Amy concluded.