Amy Lee of the group EVANESCENCE won the Hollywood Music And Media Award for "Best Original Song - Independent Film" for the track "Speak To Me" from the film "Voice From The Stone" (starring Emilia Clarke). The song was written by Lee and Michael Wandmacher.
The Hollywood Music And Media Awards (HMMA) ceremony — which took place Thursday night, November 16 at The Avalon in Hollywood — honors music in all visual media (film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers). HMMA awards are selected by an advisory board and which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), the Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, NARAS and performing rights organizations. The awards are historically representative of the music nominees in key awards shows that occur months later.
"I'm so honored and so proud!" says Amy Lee. "The experience of making this song was so special; it was surreal being let into the creative process of a film I loved so much."
"As an artist, I look for opportunities that are musically challenging and push creative boundaries in pursuit of something wonderful," adds co-writer Michael Wandmacher. 'Speak To Me' is the result of such an experience. Working with Amy on this song was a privilege and career highlight. I'm thrilled that people are enjoying it."
"Voice From The Stone" a haunting thriller, set in 1950s Tuscany, tells the story of Verena ("Game Of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke), a determined young nurse hired to help a young mute boy, who she realizes has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the stone walls of the isolated castle in which he lives. Directed by Eric Howell, Lee was moved by the film and inspired to write "Speak To Me" after watching the story which depicts the strong bond between a mother and her son and the belief that love is stronger than death. Lee recorded the song at Skywalker Ranch and shot the official video on the film set in Tuscany, Italy.
See Amy Lee perform the award-winning song "Speak To Me" live with a 28-piece orchestra on the sold-out EVANESCENCE "Synthesis Live" tour.