Amy Lee (born December 13, 1981 in Riverside, California) is an American singer and songwriter. She founded the band Evanescence with Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp when Lee was playing Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)" on the piano.
Her father (John Lee) works as a DJ, and her mother (Sarah Cargill) works raising Lee's three siblings: her brother Robby and her two sisters, Carrie and Lori. Amy had a third sister, Bonnie, who died at the young age of 3 due to an unknown cause, and the song Hello from the Fallen album was written in her memory. At school, Lee was president of the choir council, and appeared in a number of plays. She has had two years of voice-training lessons and she is a mezzo-soprano singer. She has had classical piano lessons which she took for nine years. Her family moved to many places, including Illinois, Kansas, and Florida, but finally settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Evanescence started. She graduated from Pulaski Academy in the year 2000. She also briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University.