Josh Hartzler

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Josh Hartzler and Amy Lee at the Anna Sui Spring 2008 Collection.

Josh Hartzler is Amy Lee's husband. He was born on November 4, 1977 and works as a therapist. He is also a photographer. He took Amy's promotional pictures for the 2009 shows[1][2] and the album cover for Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth.[3]

He was an inspiration for Evanescence songs Bring Me to Life, Taking Over Me and Good Enough.[4][5]

He began a relationship with Amy around November 2005.[6] Amy told in an interview that she ran into him at a party and wrote Good Enough two weeks later: "I waited until it was done then I played it for him. I knew I would be really nervous -- way more nervous than playing in front a huge crowd. He loved it."[7]

Josh and Amy were engaged on January 8, 2007. The next day, Amy confirmed their engagement during a live broadcast of Canadian show MuchMusic.[8][9] They got married on May 6, 2007 at Amy's family home in Little Rock, Arkansas, and lived in New York for 13 years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 2019.[10][11]

Josh is credited with co-writing the lyrics for David Hodges' solo album Musical Demonstrations Pt.1, including the songs Crowd Of Me, Fly, and Thursday.[12]. He also has a co-writing credit on Daughtry's last single off his Daughtry album, What About Now, which was co-written by Ben Moody and David Hodges. He has writing credits on Trading Yesterday songs: She Is The Sunlight and Elizabeth from their 2004 debut album, The Beauty & The Tragedy,[13] and Revolution, My Last Goodbye, and Come Back To Me from their second album, More Than This.[14] Another co-writing credit is on Skillet's "Hard To Find" from their 2013 album, Rise, along with David Hodges.[15]

Josh made a brief appearance on the Making of Fallen video.

In 2008, he gave Amy a harp as a gift.[16]

On January 18, 2014, Amy announced that she and Josh are expecting their first child together.[17] Jack Lion Hartzler was born on July 24, 2014, with the announcement of his arrival four days later.[18]

In 2016, he was credited for co-writing the songs The End of the Book and If You're a Star on Amy's children's album, Dream Too Much.[19] The album was inspired by their son, Jack.



  1. Lee, Amy (October 20, 2009). "photographer". EvThreads. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010.
  2. "My Photos". Facebook. October 28, 2009.
  3. "【ICRT Reaching Out】Amy Lee|Evanescence Interview". YouTube. May 22, 2020.
  4. Eells, Josh (October 2006). "Amy Lee: Back in Black". Blender. Archived from the original on September 6, 2007.
  5. Garner, George (November 15, 2023). "Evanescence: “I’m so grateful for Fallen. It is something bigger than me”". Kerrang!.
  6. "Burning Angel (Kerrang!)". August 30, 2006. Archived from the original on November 18, 2006.
  7. Robertson, Jessica (October 19, 2007). "P's & Q's: Amy Lee Finds Solace in Marriage and Music". AOL Music. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007.
  8. "Evanescence Live at Much Music full Interview+ live performance+ engagment". YouTube. January 9, 2007.
  9. Lee, Amy (January 9, 2007). "*clink clink* *ahem...*". EvThreads. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012.
  10. Rubin, Courtney (May 10, 2007). "Evanescence Singer Amy Lee Gets Married".
  11. Eloise, Marianne (September 30, 2020). "Evanescence’s Amy Lee: “What we’re up against now is something that involves everyone”". The Forty-Five.
  12. Here is the link to David's Lyrics page, Josh appears in the credits for this album
  13. "Trading Yesterday ‎– The Beauty & The Tragedy (2004, CD)". Discogs.
  14. "Trading Yesterday ‎– More Than This (2011, File)". Discogs.
  15. "Skillet - Rise (2013, CD)". Discogs. June 25, 2013.
  16. Baltin, Steve (July 20, 2011). "Evanescence’s Amy Lee Thrilled to Return After Five-Year Break". Rolling Stone.
  17. Lee, Amy (January 18, 2014). "Ok I can't keep it a secret anymore". Twitter.
  18. Duncan, Gabi (July 28, 2014). "Evanescence's Amy Lee Welcomes Baby Boy—See the Precious Pic!". E!.
  19. Dream Too Much (liner notes), 2016.
  20. Lee, Amy (October 19, 2009). "actually". EvThreads. Archived from the original on October 24, 2009.