Josh Hartzler is mostly famous for being the husband of Amy Lee, the lead singer of the rock band “Evanescence”. The fans of the band knew well that earlier Amy was in apparently painful relationships with other guys, and breathed with a sigh of relief when they found out she had started dating her long-term close friend, Josh. The couple eventually married, so let’s find out more about his biography, net worth, son Jack, etc.
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Early life and family
Josh Hartzler was born on 4 November 1977, in Encino, California USA, so under the sign of Scorpio, and holding American nationality. Little is known about his family, as he never mentioned any details about his parents, siblings or other relatives. He spent his early years in Encino, not moving anywhere.
Love you babe. Gonna love you for a million more years. Thanks all for the happy anniversary wishes! It is! pic.twitter.com/kpmoMQDj6i
— Amy Lee (@AmyLeeEV) May 7, 2013
Josh matriculated from his high school in 1995, and then entered the Arkansas Baptist College, from which he graduated in 1999 with a BA in Psychology, later becoming a Psychological counselor.
Josh has been a therapist all his working life. He also developed his songwriting skills, often collaborating with several musicians. He worked with David Hodges writing lyrics for his solo album “Musical Demonstrations Pt.1”; the album had four tracks, all of them co-written by Josh. He also wrote the lyrics for the song “What About Now”, performed by the Irish boys’ band Westlife, and American rock group Daughtry. His wife, Amy Lee, wrote a children’s album in 2016, which was entitled “Dream Too Much”, and Josh helped her with two songs, “End of the Book” and “If You’re a Star”.
Personal life, wife Amy Lee
Josh and Amy Lee, the lead singer of the band “Evanescence”, had been close friends for a long time before they even started dating. Josh supported Amy when she suffered from child trauma after she lost her three-year-old sister who died from an unidentified disease. Before starting her relationship with Josh, Amy had a romance with Shaun Morgan, the lead singer of the band Seether, which lasted from 2003 to 2005. Their relationship ended after Amy understood she couldn’t do anything with Shaun’s drug addiction, and even wrote the song “Call Me When You’re Sober” which related to their story. In 2007 Amy announced during a live music broadcast that she was engaged to her long-term friend, therapist Josh Hartzler.
It turned out that Evanescence hits “Bring Me To Life” and “Good Enough” were in fact inspired by the story of Amy and Josh’s friendship and then romantic relationship. The couple married on 6 May 2007, and on 18 January 2014 Amy announced that she was pregnant; she gave birth to their son, Jack Lion Hartzler, on 24 July 2014.
Who is Amy Lee?
Amy Lynn Lee was born on 13 December 1981, in Riverside, California USA. Her father, John Lee, was a DJ, and her mother, Sara Cargill, was a housewife. Amy now has two sisters, Lori and Carrie – in 1987 she lost her youngest sister who died at the age of three. ‘It sounds stupid, but that was when I became an artist. The music is my attempt to heal myself. Things like that can destroy you, or you can get through it’, she shared in her interview with Blender in 2007.
Her brother Robby also died in 2018, as he suffered from severe epilepsy all his life.
All the difficulties and tragedies which happened to her made her stronger, and music became her healing instrument, so she started playing the piano and writing music when she turned nine years old. After she matriculated from Pulaski Academy in Arkansas, where she moved with her family, she went to study at Middle Tennessee State University, but quit to focus on her music career and the band Evanescence. From 1995 her band, formed with guitarist Ben Moody, has released four studio albums: “Fallen” (2003), “The Open Door” (2006), “Evanescence” (2011) and “Synthesis” (2017).
The band won two Grammy Awards in 2004 in the categories Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance (Bring Me To Life single), also winning multiple awards during their successful performing career, such as Kerrang!, World Music, MTV Australia, Revolver Golden Gods Awards, and many others. As of 2019, Amy Lee has recently finished her US tour with the popular violin player Lindsey Stirling.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Josh is fond of listening to classical music, and whenever he has some spare time, he and Amy Lee enjoys the compositions of Mozart and their other favorite composer, Danny Elfman who, according to Amy’s words, was her biggest inspiration, along with the singer Bjork and the pianist Tori Amos.
The Hartlzers often enjoy painting too, as Amy is fond of painting, and Josh always supports her in all her creative endeavors. They also like spending time together, and while on tour, Amy takes her son and often her husband with her, so they can spend more time together, if not exactly quality.
Social media presence
Josh is not at all active on social media. He had a Twitter account which he abandoned in 2014, and an Instagram account, which is closed to the random viewer and has only six photos posted. However, his wife Amy Lee is a bit more consistent in posting on her social media account, though it is obviously not her biggest passion, as she probably uses them only to keep in touch with her fans.
Her Instagram account is followed by more than 800,000 subscribers; her Twitter is read by over 830,000 people, while her Facebook page has the biggest base, as her official profile is liked and followed by more than 2.5 million fans.
Appearance, clothing style
Josh has short dark brown hair and hazel eyes; he wears glasses. He is 5ft 4ins (1.64m) tall, but his weight and vital statistics are not available at the moment. As to his clothing style, he prefers casual and classy looks, just as his wife Amy, who could wear fancy gothic dresses with corsets on stage, but in her everyday life she still prefers comfortable and simple clothes.
She even wears her own merchandise, such as hoodies and T-shirts. Josh hasn’t got any tattoos, though Amy has recently had her first tattoo. in memory of her late brother Robby; he liked playing Zelda video game, and Amy has a tattoo of three hearts on her wrist, which depicts the number of “lives” one has in the game.
Net worth and salary
According to authoritative sources, Josh has accumulated a net worth of $1.5 million, while his wife’s current net worth is estimated to be around $12 million. As Josh is still working hard as a psychological counselor, and Amy Lee is still active on her music career, their net worth is very likely going to continue growing.