Evanescence's Amy Lee: 'For the First Time in 13 Years, I Am a Free and Independent Artist'

Evanescence and its frontwoman sign off record label.

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In the very beginning of 2014, news broke that Evanescence singer Amy Lee was suing Wind-up Records for $1.5 million in unpaid royalties, along with other allegations. However, it seems like part of Lee's struggle with Wind-up has come to an end, as the rock vixen just announced that she is finally a "free and independent artist."

Along with Lee's financial issues with Wind-up, the singer apparently claimed the record label attempted to sabotage the band by appointing Evanescence under-qualified promoters who lacked useful ideas. Evanescence have sold over 25 million albums throughout their career, and now it appears that Lee and the band are free from any contracts as far as future recording plans go.

Amy Lee has remained quiet since the initial announcement of the lawsuit, but in a pair of Twitter posts, the Evanescence frontwoman celebrated her freedom, saying: "Today, for the first time in 13 years, I am a free and independent artist. I have wanted this for so long and I am so happy. CHEERS!"

In a second tweet answering a fan's question, Lee revealed that both she and Evanescence are free agents: "Free from my record deal. I'm free to do anything, Ev included."

That's not the only big news Amy Lee is celebrating. Back in January, the singer shared the happy news that she is pregnant with her first child with husband Josh Hartzler.

Today, for the first time in 13 years, I am a free and independent artist. I have wanted this for so long and I am so happy. CHEERS!

- Amy Lee (@AmyLeeEV) March 19, 2014

.@gayllaghers "free from your record deal or free from evanescence?" Free from my record deal. I'm free to do anything, Ev included

- Amy Lee (@AmyLeeEV) March 19, 2014

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    Congrats on finally getting off the neverending treadmill. But that's not much to celebrate. They haven't had a solid album in a while. I'm an avid fan of theirs that has found my hopes buggered with every time they release a new album. Terry Balsamo is pretty good at writing riffs but like others have mentioned Amy Lee can't write to save her life. I guess they can take their time and write good material seeing that they don't have the pressure from any major label cock stains to deliver
    This is lovely news, assuming that I can blame everything I hate about the band on their mainstreamification. I thought (still think) Origin was a superb album, a real start-to-finish listen, and that most of the material that they released before Fallen was great, thoughtful, sonicly pleasing stuff. But Fallen and everything that came after it had this "we, the Music Industry, hereby decree that everything you ever make will sound like a mishmash of Linkin Park and Seether, but with the gimmick of a female singer!" feel about it. It felt cheap, and tacky, and just awful from top to bottom. But I can still go back and listen to "Anywhere" or "Whisper 2002" or "Breathe No More" and remember that there actually is some talent living in that band, and imagine that it's just been kept suppressed for a long time by commercial interests.
    I completely agree with you. Their music pre-Fallen was much better. Then they got signed and it sounded too polished, although I did like 'Imaginary' from Fallen. They had great songs on their early releases such as 'Understanding' for one, which I still think of Evanescence's masterpiece. Hopefully this means in the future they'll get back to making quality music, but without Ben Moody I am doubtful about this.
    Good for her! Here's hoping we all get treated to some new GOOD Evanescence because of it!
    Blah. Screw her. I mean, sure, she's a great singer - but she can't write lyrics to save her life. It is probably the most pointless, emotional teenage-angsty crap ever created. I know i probably come off as an arse, but i honestly DESPISE this womans lack of.. well.. art. Deep as a puddle of mud. They should honestly hire a lyricist. Someone with something to say. Nothing worse than these bands with massive audiences and nothing to really give to them, apart from exactly what they are looking for. Pathetic.
    "For the First Time in 13 Years, I Am a Free and Independent Artist" - with boobs(=
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    "For the first time in 13 years, I am a free and independent white woman who don't need no man"
    Love how she included the band as an afterthought when she mentions how "free" she is.
    The first albums were good, then it turned into a "pop" thing with heavy guitars. She sings well (she sucks live btw, I saw her), but what made them "good" was the other members.
    Love Amy. Many of my female friends/former GF's have the "Amy Lee" look and attitude. Love Evanescence as a whole just as much. I'm glad she is happy. I heard sometimes she can be a real B though, lol. Good luck to her and Evanescence, look forward to more of her music, peace out
    That's great news. I remember Evanescence as being a band that got lucky exposure being on the Daredevil soundtrack and wasted no time in letting it go to their heads, bad talking established acts, then ex-members. I hope without her tyrannical record label slowing her fall she can continue a smoother descent into well deserved obscurity.
    "I care about this!" - noone ever.
    Why is there always someone who says this in situations that it doesn't apply? Yes, there are many evanescence fans that would care very much that the band is no longer sponsored.
    The label tried to sabotage the band? Good luck trying to get people to buy into the idea that a record label would actively try to make less money.
    In the real world, announcing to everyone that you're "free and independent" translates to "I got fired."