Evanescence Interview Ignites Christian Music Controversy

’s interview in the April 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly has created a stir in the Christian music world. As a result, the band’s label, Wind-Up Records, is pulling its album from Christian music stores. “There are people that are hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message,” singer Amy Lee said. “We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It’s simply about life experience.” Lee adds, “I guarantee that if the Christian bookstore owners listened to some of those songs, they wouldn’t sell the CD.” Guitarist Ben Moody added, “I’m not ashamed of my spiritual beliefs, but I in no way incorporate them into this band. We’re actually high on the Christian charts, and I’m like, What the fu** are we even doing there?”

In a letter dated April 10, posted on the Christian Music Central (cmcentral.com) Website, Wind-Up records chairman Alan Meltzer explained to retailers that “despite having roots within the Christian community prior to the release of Fallen, recent statements by band members have made it abundantly clear that Evanescence is a secular band and view their music as entertainment. No more, no less. As such, we strongly feel that they no longer belong in Christian retail outlets.”

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