Amy Lee was born to John Lee, a disc jockey, and TV personality Sarah Cargill. Amy had three siblings, Robby (a boy), Carrie (a girl), and Lori (a girl). She also had a younger sister who died from an unknown illness, and the songs "Hello " and "Like You " were created for her. Amy took nine years of piano lessons, even though her family was constantly moving. Soon, they settled down in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Amy was the co-founder of the band, along with guitarist Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp, and Ben heard Amy performing Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love". Soon, the two were playing gigs at coffee shops and bookstores, until they recorded two EPs, "Evanescence EP " (1998) and "Sound Asleep EP " (1999). In 2000, they recorded the EP demo, "Origin ", including three songs later to be put on the debut album "Fallen ": "Whisper ", "Imaginary ", and "My Immortal ".
Sadly, in October of 2003, Ben left the band because of "creative differences". Soon, at an interview, Amy said: "...we'd gotten to a point that if something didn't change, we wouldn't have been able to make a second record".