Earlier this week, Amy Lee shared a snippet of her new movie single, “Speak To Me.” She wrote the song for the film, Voice From The Stone, back in 2015, and though she filmed a music video that October, it’s taken a while for the song and film to be released. With the movie scheduled for April 28th, fans finally get to hear “Speak To Me” in full.
“Speak To Me” is a dramatic, ethereal song that’s driven by piano, strings, and delicate vocals. The song shifts between moods, its dynamism propelling it forward as it entrances the listener. It’s a gorgeous song that shows Amy Lee at her best. If she were to release a proper solo album, this is the sound we’d expect and hope to hear. Hints of classic Evanescence blend with cinematic, fragile, and moody new atmospheres.
The new single comes in two different versions: The full, 5:19 version, and a 4:35 radio mix. You can hear the radio mix of “Speak To Me” in the video below:
For those of you who want to hear the longer version, listen below:
Amy wrote and recording “Speak To Me” specifically for the film, Voice From The Stone. The supernatural psychological thriller was directed by Eric D. Howell. It is based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Silvio Raffo. Andrew Shaw wrote the script, and the film stars Emilia Clark. Voice From The Stone is scheduled for release on April 28th. Be sure to watch the film once it’s available in your area!
In a press release, Amy talked about writing “Speak To Me.”
There are many reasons why I felt inspired to work on this project. Voice From The Stone tells the haunting story of Verena, a nurse who is asked to aid a young boy who has fallen silent after the sudden passing of his mother- Verena is brought in to help him speak again. As a new mother myself, the film resonated very deeply with me. I had the opportunity to work closely with Eric Howell, who directed the film, and Michael Wandmacher, who composed the score.
I was very moved by the movie, and after having my first conversation with Eric and Michael, I felt a surge of inspiration and immediately began writing. It is a rare phenomenon to really share a creative vision so completely, and that made for a very powerful experience, and an end result that I am very proud of.
It was an honour to be able to work with Eric on the music video as well, which was shot in Sienna, Italy, at the same beautiful location as the film. We conceived the video as a parallel and backstory to the film, which explores the strong bond of love between Malvina and her son, and the belief that love is stronger than death.
Amy Lee has been keeping busy the last few years, and “Speak To Me” is one of many film projects she’s tackled. In 2014, she released her first solo album, Aftermath. It was comprised of music she wrote for the indie film, War Story. Amy has done some more film scoring, and has a few songs in some upcoming movies. In addition to “Speak To Me” from Voice From The Stone, Amy also has a song for the forthcoming film Blind called “Through Your Eyes”. It stars Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin. You can see a trailer for the movie here; it should be out later this year.
Early last year, Amy released a 4-song EP of covers she recorded. In September, she also released a children’s album. Dream Too Much includes both original compositions and covers that Amy recorded it with her family for her young son, Jack. Last month, Amy also released a solo song called “Love Exists,” a reworking of “L’amore esiste” by the Italian singer Francesca Michielin. Incidentally, Amy discovered this song when she was working on “Speak To Me.”
In addition to her film scoring, covers, and children’s albums, Amy is also working on new Evanescence music again. While on tour last fall, the band debuted a new song called “Take Cover”. The band also just released a vinyl boxset of all their albums – including Origin. It comes with new recordings of “Even In Death” and their tour intro, “Lost Whispers”. Amy admits that Evanescence is working on new music, though it may not come in the form of an album. She’s secretive so far, but hopefully we’ll hear more in 2017.
There’s plenty going on for both Evanescence and Amy Lee solo. Keep checking back for all the latest music news. Enjoy both versions of “Speak To Me,” and be sure to see Voice From The Stone in April.