Watch Evanescence’s Amy Lee Cover Led Zeppelin’s ‘Going to California’
THAT voice! Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee is quickly making her YouTube channel something that music fans must subscribe to as she continues to use the platform to record covers of songs that mean something to her. After offering up her renditions of Portishead's "It's a Fire" and a reconstructed version of U2's "With or Without You," Lee is now taking on a Led Zeppelin classic.
The video she shot is for her cover of Led Zep's "Going to California" and she's able to maneuver around Robert Plant's vocal nuances within the song with the best of them. Like her other two postings, Lee covered the track because it holds personal relevance to her. She revealed in a posting on her Facebook page:
This song is a classic that I've loved for as long as I can remember. It puts me at peace.
My friend and manager, Jordan, had recorded the instrumentation for fun and when I heard it a few months ago I knew instantly that I had to sing on it. Listening to mommy sing usually helps get Jack into that elusive sleepy place, and this song has been a regular rotation nap-time hit around our house this fall. As I was preparing for the November Evanescence shows, I just really wanted a moment like this in our set. So I showed this version to Troy, who made it a personal challenge to master a finger-picking based song, which was outside his comfort zone (not that you could tell- he sounded amazing!). We had so much fun playing it live! It's a pleasure to sing a song publicly that is such a part of who I am offstage- my roots, the style of music that we always played around my house when I was growing up, and still at every big family gathering, singing and playing music with my dad. Hope you enjoy it! -Amy
The video itself finds Lee splitting time shrouded among the trees and leaves of a wooded area and visibly smiling while singing in a recording studio. Lee reveals that the guitar and mandolin in the song was provided by Jordan Berliant.
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