Although there may be some that argue that goth metallers Evanescence have always been kids music, the band’s vocalst Amy Lee is going all out and making a children’s album. Dream Too Much will be released as an Amazon Music exclusive on September 30th, and is actually a collaboration with much of her family. Her father John Lee, perhaps best-known to some as a champion on ’70s variety show Gong Show, is a guitar player, and Lee told Rolling Stone he’d been talking about making some music for his grandson, Lee’s son Jack.
“Dad has always been talking about making some kid songs for Jack to have later in life. [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 quickly became a family affair, with her father playing ukelele, dobro and banjo, her sisters Carrie and Lori sang with her, and her uncle Tom played guitar, bass and harmonica. Her son, who just turned 2, even pops up on the record. Some of the songs on the album include covers of The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” and Sesame Street‘s “Rubber Duckie.” Today Rolling Stone premiered one of the original songs from the 12-song album, “Dream Too Much.” If you’re looking for the goth-lite stylings that put Evanescence on the map, you’re going to be disappointed, but if you’re a fan of Lee’s voice on ballads like “My Immortal,” or have gone from being a teenager in 2003 listening to the band to having a kid of your own, you might want to consider picking up the album, which you can pre-order here.