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Ben Moody (born January 22, 1981, in Little Rock, Arkansas as Ben Robert Moody III) was formerly the guitarist for Evanescence from 1996 to 2003. He met Amy Lee at a youth camp in 1994 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The two became friends and formed Evanescence. The song he wrote the lyrics to was My Immortal, which he based on a fictional story. His father is a prominent photographer in the Little Rock area.
Ben was a big fan of the Christian band Living Sacrifice and is friends with one of its members, Rocky Gray. It was speculated that he had considered joining that band, but decided to stay in Evanescence. He left Evanescence on October 22nd, 2003, before a concert in Europe, because of creative differences. He and Amy are reported to have been in a relationship sometime in the past, during which Ben was abusive to Amy. This is what inspired most of the songs Amy wrote in Fallen (such as Going Under), as well as a number of other songs she wrote from their pre-Fallen repertoire. In the past, Amy would only say that the songs were about an "abusive relationship" with an unnamed person.
He wrote a song titled "10.22" on his debut solo album about his departure from Evanescence, which was named after the night he left the band. "The funny thing is when I wrote it, I thought I was talking to Amy: ‘Tell me again your fucked-up excuses'. But I realized, as I was listening to it three weeks ago, that it’s not about her at all. It’s talking to myself, calling out my own bullshit.”
He started an independent film company called Makeshift Films, and an independent music label called FNR records,, producing singer Hana Pestle. He also released his solo works under this label: the Mutiny Bootleg EP and All For This.
In a 2005 interview with MTV, he explained his reasons for leaving Evanescence (excerpt):
Amy explained about his behavior and departure in several interviews, stating that his leaving was a relief, "we'd gotten to a point that if something didn't change, we wouldn't have been able to make a second record", and "It just got to the point where he hated the band, he hated being on tour and his negativity made everyone around him miserable. He was trying to pull the whole ship down with him." Tour rhythm guitarist John LeCompt commented in 2006 that "Amy gained authority as soon as Ben Moody walked out the door. They had an equal partnership, but he was the man, he had to strangle the band, all the life out of it." Amy said she and Ben had not been friends since their early years, and they pretended to be friends during Fallen but were just business partners.
He has worked on many projects post-Evanescence. The End Has Come on the Punisher Soundtrack, Nobody’s Home on Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin, Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway (with David Hodges), the Blank Theory’s next album, and a project with David Hodges that had been rumored to be on the new Passion of the Christ soundtrack featuring Wind-up artists called Only Human, Only God but was never released. Ben had plans to release an album on Wind-up Records called Can't Regret What You Can't Remember with a release date of March 27, 2007, but it was postponed indefinitely. In 2007 Moody and David Hodges also worked with Céline Dion on her album, Taking Chances.
Ben and Wind-Up Records finally parted ways in early 2008.
Mutiny Bootleg EP
On December 16, 2008, Hana Pestle played a show at Juanita’s in Little Rock, AR, with a supporting band including Ben Moody. Mr. Moody also released a four-track EP with a purchase of Hana’s EP that night. Before the show, Moody said, "There’s a duet between Hana and I on there that WON’T be on the record and won’t be released anywhere ever again. It’s free because I want this shit spread EVERYWHERE. so be sure that all your friends share the four songs with as many people as possible. WOOT".
- 1. Never Turn Back (B. Moody / M. Tait)
- 2. Everything Burns (2008 feat. Hana Pestle) (B. Moody)
- 3. The Way We Are (B. Moody)
- 4. Wishing Well (B. Moody)
All For This
Ben's debut solo album All For This was digitally released on Amazon.com and other outlets on June 9, 2009.
- 1. Perfect (4:12)
- 2. The Way We Are (4:07)
- 3. Hold Me Down (3:43)
- 4. 10.22 (4:08)
- 5. Never Turn Back (4:18)
- 6. All For This (4:30)
- 7. Wishing Well (4:39)
- 8. All Fall Down (5:04)
- 9. Too Far Left To Go (3:51)
- 10. Nothing Left Of Me (5:21)
- 11. In Time (4:35)
- 12. Just Like Everybody (6:16)
You Can't Regret What You Don't Remember
You Can't Regret What You Don't Remember is the second solo album by Ben Moody. The album was released digitally November 11, 2011, through iTunes and Amazon.com via Moody's label, FNR Records.
- "Why You" (Ben Moody) - 2:08
- "10.22 ('03 Version)" (Moody, Marty O'Brien) - 4:10
- "Chasing Yesterday" (Moody, David Hodges, Rene Mata, Danny Martinez) - 3:21
- "Always Do" (Moody, O'Brien) - 4:17
- "Sanctuary" (Moody) - 4:52
- "Never Turn Back (Dead Man Walking Remix)" (Moody, Michael Tait) - 5:22
- "Hold Me Down (Burn in Hell Mix)" (Moody) - 6:07
- "Run Away" (Moody, Jason C. Miller, Lance Garvin) - 4:23
- "Just Breathe" (Moody, Josh Newell) - 3:40
- "Everything Burns (In Memorium)" (Moody) - 6:37
* Ben Moody: vocals, additional vocals, guitar, programming, sound engineer, orchestral and choir arrangements, drums, percussions, piano, keys, producer. Jason C. Miller: vocals, additional vocals. Marty O'Brien: bass guitar. Hana Pestle: additional vocals. John Tempesta: drums, tribal percussions. Zak St. John: drums. Josh Newell: bass guitar, vocals in "Chasing Yesterday", additional sound engineer. Tobin Esperance (member of "Papa Roach"): bass guitar. Mitch Allan: additional vocals. Michael Tait: vocals, additional vocals. David Hodges: additional vocals. Dan Certa: additional programming, production. Jared Scott: additional programming aggiuntiva, production. Jay Baumgardner: additional production. Mixed and mastered by Dan Certa. Sound engineers: Dan Certa, Jared Scott, Josh Newell and Ben Moody, with the assistance of Dave Colvin, Sergio Chavez and Casey Lewis. Recorded at "NRG Recording" / Coffin Case Warehouse / Sound Asleep Studios / Setback Studios. Cover art and booklet photographed and designed by Jasmine Safaeian.
We Are The Fallen
In 2009 it was announced Ben would be joining ex-Evanescence rhythm guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray along with former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson (Vocals) and bass player Marty O'Brien to form We Are The Fallen. The group released their debut album "Tear The World Down" on May 11, 2010.
His 2010 open letter
On August 24, 2010, Ben posted an open letter talking about his split from Evanescence, claiming his band We Are the Fallen was not intended to exploit Evanescence, and asking fans not to cause drama anymore. This is what he wrote:
Amy never answered, not even privately, to this letter. Amy and Ben never had contacts again:
Spin.com: [Ben] He posted a halfhearted apology online in 2010. I was wondering if that made you think about giving him a call.
Amy:(Sighs) I don't want to say why, but no, I didn't respond. I think we're probably both better off not being in each others' lives. 
Ben has done some work in film with his film company, Makeshift Films. He had a cameo in Resident Evil: Apocalypse as a zombie, which was mentioned by actress Milla Jovovich in her commentary. He can also be seen in a low cost release of Lionsgate film, Dead and Gone (2007).
- He's 5' 8½" (1.74 m) tall.
- His favorite drink is Dr. Pepper.
- The first song he learned to play on the guitar was "Rape Me" by Nirvana.
- He first wanted to become a drummer, but finally he played the guitar for wrist pains.
- He dated singer Hana Pestle, who he signed to his label.
- He married Jaclyn Napier on January 12, 2013, at Eli Roth's Goretorium in Las Vegas. They have two children together. As of 2022, they are divorced.
Notes and References
- Howell, Maddy (December 2020). "The First... Amy Lee". Rock Sound (272): 63. ISSN 1465-0185. https://evthreads.proboards.com/thread/2877/interview-rock-sound-december-2020.
- TRUE TUNES MAGAZINE REVIEW Retrieved 2015-12-24
- April 2004
- Evanescence: The Split - MTV.com
- Amy Lee vs. Rider lawsuit of December 2005: "Ms. Lee was recently in an abusive relationship with Ben Moody."
- "Ben Moody Gets Life After Amy Lee". July 12, 2005. Rolling Stone.
- BEN MOODY OPENS NEW LABEL FNR RECORDS Skope 30-06-2008]
- Amy Lee's interview with iRock Chile on June 16, 2021: "The first verse is about that internal turmoil and somebody that I was up against in our early days. I’m not gonna name-call."
- Ben Moody No Regrets
- January 2004
- September 2006
- October 2006
- Rock’s a hard place -- ask Evanescence. (Oct 1, 2006)
- Ben Moody MTV.com 24-07-2007.
- Watch the trailer of the film, featuring Ben
- Jaclyn & Ben Moody's Goretorium Wedding Ceremony - YouTube.com