By Robyn Collins
Amy Lee of Evanescence will release her first children’s album, Dream Too Much on September 30th.
With her signature enchanting intensity, Lee takes on kid classics like Sesame Street’s “Rubber Duckie,” and rock standards like the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” along with several originals.
The project was inspired by Lee’s two year old son Jack, and was intended to be a present for her father. “Dad has always been talking about making some kid songs for Jack to have later in life,” Lee tells Rolling Stone. “[My husband suggested,] ‘You guys should just do it, get in the studio together, you’ve never been in the studio together, you’re both musicians.”
It soon became a family project. Lee’s dad played ukulele, dobro and banjo. Lee harmonized with her sisters Carrie and Lori. Her uncle Tom plays guitar, bass and harmonica, and her son Jack even makes a cameo.
“We’ve been saying, even if we’re the only ones who ever heard it … it was worth it because it means so much to us as a family and we love it,” she says. “So, I’m very proud of it and it was very fulfilling to be able to do that together. … I’m always looking for ways that I can expand myself creatively and this was a surprise. This kind of came out of a very random place and a very pure place. It was just for ourselves and it turned into something really beautiful.”
Lee says she’s not really thinking about touring as a family band, but she’s not saying no.
Check out the title track of Amy’s new project below.