Evanescence – American rock group
A popular rock group Evanescence was formed in 1995 in a small American city, Little Rock, Arkansas. Its founders, vocalist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody met when they were still students. The love for music united young artists, and they started writing songs, which soon appeared on local radio stations.
In 1998, Evanescence released its first two EPs, Evanescence and Sound Asleep.
In 2000, the band recorded a demo album, Origin. Beside their early songs, it featured new tracks. They were written after the David Hodges (keyboards and backing vocals) joined the group. After the demo came out, many music magazines wrote positive reviews. The album was considered successful. Later, Rocky Gray (drums) and John LeCompt (guitar) joined the band. However, the appearance of new members didn’t make the band popular. The group was struggling to gain international recognition, which wasn’t far away.
In 2002, Evanescence signed a contract with Wind-up Records and started writing Christian rock music. The song “Tourniquet” appeared on many Christian radio stations. However, Ben Moody was against this genre and declared his discontent in one of the interviews. This led to disagreements between the band members. As a result, David Hodges left the group in December 2002.