Evanescence is a rock/alternative/pop band from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.
Early in their career, the rock band garnered local fame in Little Rock before releasing their first major label album Fallen, which went on to sell over 14 million copies worldwide.
Although usually categorized as rock, Evanescence does not easily fit into any one rock subcategory. The band are sometimes labeled by media sources as, and take influences from, gothic rock, alternative rock, nu metal, piano rock, arena rock, and Wagnerian rock (the latter especially in the group's videos).
Evanescence was founded by singer, pianist and songwriter Amy Lee and former lead guitarist and songwriter Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp in Arkansas, where Moody heard Lee playing "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf on the piano.
The pair discovered they liked music and began to write songs together (the first was "Solitude" by Amy Lee, followed by "Understanding" by Ben Moody, "Give Unto Me" by Amy Lee, and "My Immortal" by Ben Moody). The songs were altered lyrically and musically by them, which allowed both individuals to receive equal credit for their composition.
For some time the two were unable to recruit additional musicians and did not have sufficient funds for professional assistance. Thus, they were unable to play live shows. However, two songs, "Understanding" and "Give Unto Me", found their way onto local music charts, and demand for a live show increased. When the band finally made an appearance, they became one of the most popular acts in the area. They went through several names, including Childish Intentions and Stricken, before deciding on the name Evanescence (from the word "evanescent", meaning the act of vanishing, synonymous to disappearing). Lee said she loves the name because it puts a picture in your mind, one that relates to the band's sound, which is what she wanted to do.