Evanescence’s Amy Lee has opened up about how she deals with feeling “unheard and oppressed.” 

In a recent interview with AXS TV (via Ultimate Guitar), Lee explained that it is music itself that helps her cope with the challenges of working within a male-dominated industry.

“My No. 1 place, even when I have been in situations where I felt unheard and oppressed in my own world and things that were going around me – I’ve always had the lyrics,” she began.

She continued: “I’ve always had music to go and write my words and say things about every element of my life that I don’t necessarily feel comfortable just speaking to you about.”

Although Lee added that she wouldn’t necessarily classify herself as “shy,” she says she has always been a “very introverted person” who “[processes] thoughts a lot before [she] responds.”

“There have been times when I’ve written songs and it’s been such a beautiful healing thing for me because I just can’t lie to our music, even if it’s not something that I’m ready to talk about,” she said.

“So, for me to be able to make something beautiful about something that was really hard and felt stuck inside of me sets me free. And also I hear it back, I sing it back enough times that I’m like, ‘I need to change my life, I need to listen to what I’m saying to myself’.”

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone and turned and started facing a problem in a new way, and become comfortable standing up and my voice in the life in words like this… because I processed something in the writing,” she concluded.

Check out Evanescence’s Amy Lee speaking on AXS TV: