Backbeat: Amy Lee Attends EMI Canada's Evanescence Listening Party
Backbeat: Amy Lee Attends EMI Canada's Evanescence Listening Party

Amy Lee was on hand for an invitation-only playback of five new Evanescence songs at Toronto's Liberty Studios on August 22. Hosted by EMI Music Canada, and attended by about 30 people, mainly label staff and media, radio and retail, Paul Shaver, EMI's vice-president, marketing and promotion, gave a small intro, before playing "What You Want," "The Change," "The Other Side," "My Heart Is Broken" and "Lost In Paradise."

"This is a great opportunity: we have an artist show up and want to present their music to ourselves, the industry," said Shaver. "It doesn't happen that much anymore. A lot of pride and love went into this record. A few of us had the privilege of going to Vancouver a few weeks ago [to The Warehouse] and Amy played us a few tracks in the studio when she was mixing and it was just fantastic. It made us want to recreate it here in Toronto."

The self-titled album, the first since 2006's The Open Door, due Oct. 11. It was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush) and mixed by Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback, Bon Jovi).

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Evanescence's Amy Lee meets noted broadcaster/writer Alan Cross, creator/host of documentary radio series The Ongoing History of New Music, at Toronto's Liberty Studios.

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Amy Lee with Neil Morrison (CFOX - Vancouver) at Liberty Studios.

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Amy Lee and EMI Music Canada staff (L-R: Ken Witt, Greg Malta, Amy Lee, Fraser Currie, Warren Stewart, Paul White, Andrew D'Abreu).

Said Paul Shaver, VP, marketing and promotions, EMI Music Canada, before introducing Lee and beginning the playback: "This is a great opportunity. We have an artist show up and want to present their music to ourselves, the industry. It doesn't happen that much anymore and a lot of pride and love went into this record. A few of us had the privilege of going to Vancouver a few weeks ago [to The Warehouse] and Amy played us a few tracks in the studio when she was mixing and it was just fantastic. It made us want to recreate it here in Toronto."

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Amy Lee attends playback of five Evanescence songs at Toronto's Liberty Studios August 22, hosted by EMI Music Canada. (Back row L-R: Ricardo Martinez, DMDS; Ken Witt, EMI Music Canada; Tracey McNamara, Telus; Alan Mamaril, HMV. Middle row L-R: Amy Lee; Karen Bliss, Billboard; Alan Cross, broadcaster; Neil Morrison, CFOX. Front row: Sean Plummer, freelance writer.) Photo by Jeff Thistle.

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