"American Idol" season seven outcast, Carly Smithson, has been recruited as the lead singer of The Fallen, a new band formed by Evanescence's former members. "I'm excited to be able to completely jump out of the box," she said. "The Idol thing, you know, was very PG, it was for a family audience ... I've never been more happy than being in this band."
Recalling the first time they were in search of a vocalist after Amy Lee's exit, guitarist Ben Moody told Los Angeles Times, "We began looking for our soul mate, which we were scared was going to take a long, long time." Then, he was impressed by Carly's singing talent after watching her "Bring Me to Life" performance on 2008 American Idol Summer Tour.
A meeting was set up soon afterwards. "Carly and I sat down and we just kinda geeked out at looking at stuff on the Internet," Moody stated. "I want to take this from Cirque du Soleil. I wanna do this kinda outfit and costume."
Beside lining up Carly Smithson as well as Evanescence's ex-personnel, Ben Moody, Rocky Gray and John Lecompt, The Fallen will also have bassist Marty O'Brian as another member. Official announcement regarding their union as a band will be announced on Monday, June 22. On the same day, their new song will be outed for free download on the band's newly-launched website.
As for their future project, this band plan to embark on a national tour for at least a year and a half instead of working on a studio album. However, they promise to craft new songs and releasing them online in between their touring schedule.