Amy Lee, the Movie Star?

By Hayley St. John | Thursday, January 9, 2014


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Evanescence singer Amy Lee may not be recording a new rock album for her label anytime soon, but that doesn't mean she isn't making music. The vocalist told MTV News that she's just completed her first film score, with collaborator Dave Eggar, for the movie War Story. The film will premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and Lee said the music will be unlike anything she's done before.

Lee explained, "It's going to surprise my fans. It's not what you'd expect; the film is very dark, very introspective . . . There are moments of playing, and it's musical, but there are a lot of moments where Dave and I just built walls of sounds, out of blaring cellos and trombones and synthesizers and harp, all on top of each other. Sort of creating new sounds. It's not, like, a soundtrack. it's an atmosphere."

  • Lee did write one new song for the film, called "Push The Button," about which she said, "It's very different for me, it's electronic; I did it all myself." She added, "This whole process has been really different, and freeing. Doing my band, it's always been a big deal, a lot of pressure, a lot of hoops to jump through and things to live up to . . . (this) wasn't about production and singles and worldwide success, it's about the integrity of the art piece we're creating."
  • Lee said that she would like to score more films, explaining, "Dave and I were already talking about taking a meeting for another film, and I definitely want to work with him again."
  • One thing that Lee did not want to talk about is the lawsuit she has reportedly filed against her longtime label, Wind-Up Records. When asked, she replied, "I can't say a word, I'm sorry. It's really for the best right now."
  • Lee is reportedly suing Wind-Up for at least $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds. She has also alleged in her lawsuit that the company attempted to sabotage the band's career by assigning them to under-qualified promotion executives.
  • The most recent Evanescence album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011.