It is true that a lot of our favourite rock stars have their own projects and business apart from regularly tearing up the stage (ref: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and his brew, A Tout Le Monde). But let’s be real: can’t think of really any hardcore headbangers who openly involved themselves with children. But here is the metal lady of the late 90s and early 2000s, Evanescence front woman, Amy Lee, who became a mother to young Jack circa 3 years ago. She stepped out of the limelight for a while, taking a break from what was a disintegrating band (only she and Tim McCord remain from the original line-up).
Though Lee posts regular tracks of her in her home studio (check out her YouTube channel), we knew little of what the new mother was up to. Spending time with her little tot inspired here to create a unique album of somewhat lullabies and even her father and sister have contributed to the lyrics and vocals in between. The first single released off the album titled Dream Too Much is a song of the same title. When listening to it, being an adult, one can’t help but get engrossed in her velvet-soft voice and enchanting lyrics. It really is beautiful. Would it work for children? She’s a mother and her son seems to be fascinated with it all, so maybe there’s a chance. But could children understand the depth of the meaning of the song? Or is it more about being soothing and soft to your little dreamer?
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, the songstress says: “Dad has always been talking about making some kid songs for Jack to have later in life. My husband suggested, ‘You guys should just do it, get in the studio together, you’ve never been in the studio together, you’re both musicians’. We’ve been saying, even if we’re the only ones who ever heard it…it was worth it because it means so much to us as a family and we love it. So, I’m very proud of it and it was very fulfilling to be able to do that together…I’m always looking for ways that I can expand myself creatively and this was a surprise. This kind of came out of a very random place and a very pure place. It was just for ourselves and it turned into something really beautiful.”
She spoke fondly of times spent with her little one, Jack, and how he inspired her to create this album especially for the little angels like him: “Every time I would get to the end of the book he would cry…like, seriously cry like, ‘like I can’t believe we’re at the end of the book’…And I’d be like, hey dude…not the end…we can just read it again. I thought that was really cute and sweet and it just ended up a song about the end of the book isn’t the end of the story.”
On the Evanescence front, Equilibrium‘s Jen Majura has joined since 2015. Though Lee hasn’t been focusing on her band for a while now, we hope to expect the new line-up to create epic music like they’ve done before with two women for the first time!