During a recent interview with Revolver, Evanescence singer Amy Lee opened up about parting ways with guitarist Jen Majura. She says the decision was “complicated but at the same time you just need to follow your heart.”
Lee said the following about the band’s new lineup:
“I am so happy, we are all so, so grateful. Emma Anzai is from the band Sick Puppies and we are old friends. We toured together in 2007 and she’s just an excellent musician. We’re all fans of her and just fits us on a personal level really well.
We did a little European run in June and then we did a few shows here and had our first photo shoot with the new lineup just two weeks ago. Some things are just meant to be. Something I’m getting better at as I get older is not trying to control everything so much. Sometimes you just sort of have to listen to the universe and what’s going on and go, ‘You know what, OK, I need to live in the reality of what’s happening now and make something great out of it instead of constantly trying to pull things the way I think they ought to go.’
It’s hard to explain what I’m saying without being specific, and we all love Jen, we had a great time with Jen. Don’t want to make it like it’s anything negative there. But sometimes that chapter just ends, and when you feel that and you know that as a band, that’s how you keep things going. That’s how you keep your team, your band, and everything healthy and moving the way it’s supposed to move.
It’s complicated but at the same time you just need to follow your heart. At the end of the day, when you follow your heart and trust each other, you can move forward into a better place than you could’ve imagined for.
This is big time new for us because I’ve had Tim on bass for 16 years and for the first time he is on guitar, which is fantastic. It’s his original instrument, he’s great on it, he gets into that position when we’re in the writing room a lot. And Emma is just this amazing, seamless … it’s just amazingly cool and the other guys are just thrilled with it as well.
We’re all really happy right now, we’re in a healthy new chapter moment. Those are always really energizing, so we’ve got a lot of energy and are feeling inspired and excited for the future.”