EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has revealed that she is a "free and independent artist" who is no longer signed to any record label. Writing on her Twitter account on March 18, Lee said: "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." She added: "[I am] free from my record deal. I'm free to do anything, [EVANESCENCE] included."
Lee in January sued her longtime label, Wind-Up Records, for at least $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds, according to TMZ. Lee also alleged in her lawsuit that the company attempted to sabotage EVANESCENCE's career by assigning them to under-qualified promotion executives who lacked fresh ideas on how to market and promote the group.
TMZ did not cite its sources for the report, nor did it obtain any official statements from either the label or Lee, who was seeking over $1.5 million in back royalties.
Back in November, Wind-Up sold most of its back catalog to the Bicycle Music Company and Concord Music Group, including the entire catalogs of EVANESCENCE, CREED, SEETHER and others.
EVANESCENCE, whose third, self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it came out in 2011, has sold 25 million records worldwide.
That last disc came out after a five-year hiatus and Lee told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that she wasn't even sure if she wanted to keep on making rock music. "For me, it had really been such a long time for us coming back after, you know, five years or four years of not doing it, living normal life and not even thinking about EVANESCENCE for a lot of that time, it starts to feel like, is this really still me?" she said. "You know, have I outgrown this thing? Is this going to work anymore? You know. Who am I? [laughs]"
The band toured through mid-2012 in support of the CD, but has been inactive since then.
Lee announced at the end of January that she was expecting her first child. The 32-year-old did not divulge if she knew whether she was having a boy or a girl, or when the baby was due.
The singer has been married to Josh Hartzler, a therapist, since May 2007. The couple live in New York City.
With EVANESCENCE currently inactive, Lee recently completed her first film score, with collaborator Dave Eggar, for the movie "War Story". The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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