Introduction by Erica Russell / Photography by Tanner Abel and Nicholas Needham. For Amy Lee, the act of performing has always presented an opportunity to transform herself. Offstage, the lead singer of Evanescence — once a symbol of Y2K-era pop culture, who has transcended the musical zeitgeist as one of the industry's most adaptable, reigning icons — exudes a friendly, effortless warmth and earnestness. In a casual setting (in this case, over Zoom), her energy gives off the vibe of a big sister or childhood friend: playful, comforting, familiar. Onstage or in her music videos, however, the musician undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis. Mic in hand, jet-black hair billowing behind her as that big, angelic voice erupts, she suddenly becomes Amy Lee: unstoppable, inimitable rock trailblazer.