Evanescence front-woman Amy Lee has given birth to a baby boy. The child, named Jack Lion Hartzler, was born on July 28, 2014.
Lee took to social media to announce her new arrival, posting a post-birth picture of her newborn son in her arms. The picture was accompanied by a caption stating that she had never known the depth of her heart until her son was born, and that her world had just exploded into Technicolor. The 32 year-old Arkansas native announced her initial pregnancy via Twitter in January, gushing that she could no longer keep it a secret.
The baby’s father is Josh Hartzler, a therapist and long-time friend of Lee’s, with whom she became engaged in early 2007. The Going Under hit-maker announced the engagement during an episode of Live At Much. She went on to say that two of her songs were inspired by her now-husband. Good Enough was released on Evanescence’s 2006 album The Open Door, and the smash hit single Bring Me To Life secured a place on the band’s debut album Fallen. The latter single charted the top 10 in more than 15 countries, attaining the number one spot in Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The chart-topping single featured guest vocals from 12 Stones front-man Paul McCoy, who was also prominently featured in the music video.
Although founded in 1995, Evanescence did not achieve substantial recognition until 2003, when their aforementioned debut album Fallen was released. Initially, the band consisted of Lee and Arkansas born Ben Moody, who accompanied the group until 2003, when he took his leave reportedly due to creative differences. However, there is speculation that Moody and Lee once shared a romantic relationship, one that ended in turmoil. There are unconfirmed reports that Lee’s emotional unreleased song The Last Song I’m Wasting On You, was written in regards to her former relations with Moody. Moody was replaced by ex Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo.
Moody was not the only one to experience conflict concerning his involvement with Evanescence. Bassist Will Boyd left the band in 2006; his explanation being that he wanted to be closer to his family, and also not wanting to do another extensive tour. One year following Boyd’s departure, guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray also bade farewell to Evanescence in 2007. LeCompt and Gray have collaborated together in multiple rock groups, most recently consisting of We Are The Fallen and Machina. The former group also consists of the aforementioned ex Evanescence member Ben Moody. Carly Smithson, sixth place finalist on the seventh season of hit FOX reality show American Idol, became the lead vocalist of the band after being introduced to Moody in early 2009.
After the departure of LeCompt and Gray, Lee was forced to put Evanescence on hiatus. Temporary band members were assigned to assist in pre-arranged tour performances. The band returned in 2009 with a new line-up with Tim McCord, Will Hunt, and Troy McLawhorn joining Balsamo in the group’s line-up. The newly formed group released the band’s third studio album, self-titled as Evanescence, in October 2011. The record quickly attained the number one spot in the Billboard 200 charts. Since then, Evanescence has toured with such groups as the popular rock band The Pretty Reckless, the front-woman of which is ex Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen.
Amy Lee has not yet released a statement regarding any further production of Evanescence’s music. For now, at least, the singer appears to be focusing on the newest addition in her life.
by Rebecca Grace