Late breaking news:

Original Evanescence members unite with American Idol finalist for new group – We Are The Fallen. Ben Moody, Rocky Gray, John LeCompt, Marty O’Brien along with Carly Smithson announce their formation in Los Angeles before assembled media.

First song, “Bury Me Alive,” to be made available to the public as a free download at – powered by web-impact – first one hundred thousand registrants over the first 48 hours will receive the song.

Los Angeles — June 22, 2009 – Members of the original line-up of Evanescence — one of the most successful bands to emerge over the past decade — announced this morning that they have reunited with a new front person in American Idol’s Carly Smithson.

Ben Moody, who co-founded the band, was a principal writer of the 15-million selling debut Fallen, departed Evanescence in 2003. Since that time, he has enjoyed a prolific career as a producer and songwriter. When asked about the formation of We Are The Fallen, he shares, “I am finally home.” Singer Smithson added, “As an artist I have never been happier. Creatively, musically, visually, and on a comedic level we are united and together on the same page. We are a family.”

Moody initiated this move, and reached out to the current line-up one-by-one. Gray and LeCompt signed on, followed by the commitment from old friend O’Brien. Smithson, who was a finalist on last year’s talent search, was the final piece to fall in to place. Guitarist John LeCompt offers, “Just when you thought it was over, we go and do something like this.” Drummer Rocky Gray added, “I’m very blessed to be able to be playing with my friends and think that this band has the potential to be bigger than anything we’ve done before!” Bassist Marty O’Brien weighs in, “I am so proud to be a part of this band, and can not wait for The World to hear these amazing new songs we’ve been writing!”

Evanescence’s debut album, Fallen, was a phenomenon, becoming one of the few albums released in the history of recorded music where a debut catapulted five unknowns to worldwide stardom. To date Fallen is still Evanescence’s most successful album having spent over 100 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.

We Are The Fallen plan to tour this September, and the itinerary will be forthcoming. In the coming months, the band will release new recordings frequently. These will all be digital for the time being, with a physical debut in consideration for 2010.

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