Who is Josh Hartzler?
Josh Hartzler was born on 4 November 1977, in Encino, California, USA, and is a songwriter as well as a therapist, but probably best known for being the husband of singer Amy Lee. His wife rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence, which has produced hits such as “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal”.
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The Net Worth of Josh Hartzler
As of early-2020, Josh Hartzler’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through success in his various endeavors. He has consistent income with his work as a therapist, and his credits as a songwriter have also helped in building his wealth.
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
He probably benefits from the success of his wife as well, as Amy Lee has a net worth estimated to be over $12 million, thanks to her success with Evanescence.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Josh grew up in California relatively out of the spotlight. He developed a love for music at a young age, but didn’t pursue it as a career. Instead, after matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Arkansas Baptist College where he took up a degree in Psychology.
ABC is an historically black college that has been in operation since the late 1890s. Several celebrities have come from the college, including Louis Jordan, Harry Kenyon, and Michael Dyer.
He graduated without much attention, and later completed his certification to become a psychological counselor. He then moved to New York where he began to practice as a therapist, but also because it’s one of the homes of the music industry, an avenue which he could pursue as a sideline.
Hartzler was introduced to Amy Lee by a mutual friend though they didn’t start as romantic partners. Instead, the two remained close friends for several years, with his empathy and genuineness hitting a positive note within Lee.
As the two grew close, he offered a lot of advice and positivity to her – she later credited him as the inspiration of several Evanescence hit songs, including “Bring Me to Life” – inspired by their first meeting – and “Good Enough” which were featured on their debut album called “Fallen”. “Bring Me to Life”. He brought about ease and comfort with him even though it was their first time being introduced to one another. She sensed life in him, which brought her out of the many internal battles she was dealing with at the time.
Eventually, his connection with Evanescence would help him connect with other notable personalities in the music industry.
He showcased his skills as a songwriter, and eventually partnered with former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughter as he released the song “What About Now”, which is one of his most notable hits.
Later on, he collaborated with producer and musician David Hodge for the album called “Musical Demonstrations Part 1”, noticing his ability in songwriting after Josh was recommended to him by bandmate Amy. David had also risen to fame as a member of Evanescence, working mainly as a singer and keyboardist in the band. Josh is credited with many of the songs in the album.
Josh also collaborated with his wife in the family album called “Dream Too Much”. The album was released through Amazon Prime Music, and was targeted towards kids. He wrote two songs for the album which also featured Amy’s father and sisters. While the two have worked together several times, he does not write music for Evanescence.
Wife – Amy Lee
Amy Lee formed the rock band Evanescence alongside guitarist Ben Moody while they were at a youth camp. The two started as a musical duo, releasing several extended plays (EPs) independently. They then recorded another EP called “Origin”, which contained songs that would be featured later in their debut album.
Evanescence’s first full-length album was released after they signed with Wind-up Records, and was highly successful, selling over 17 million copies worldwide. The band won two Grammy Awards during the same year, and continued to release successful albums for the next decade and a half.
While Amy has mainly been associated with Evanescence, she’s also done a lot of collaborative projects as a solo artist. She worked as a musician for “Muppets: The Green Album” and “Nightmare Revisited”, and released music alongside artists such as Seether and Korn.
She’s also composed music for , and has contributed songs to projects such as “War Story”, and “Voice from the Stone”. Her contributions to the film “Indigo Grey: The Passage” led her to win a Moondance International Film Festival Award. Aside from music, she is also an advocate of epilepsy awareness, often working with the foundation, Out of the Shadows.
Before Josh hooked-up with Lee, she was known to have been in a relationship with Seether lead singer Shaun Morgan from 2003 to 2005.
After they broke up, she began dating Josh and the two stayed together for two years before she announced that they had become engaged – they married a few months later, and honeymooned in The Bahamas. They had their first child seven years later. The couple shares Christian beliefs, with Amy professing how proud she is to be a Christian, but later confirmed that Evanescence is not a Christian band.
Hartzler has been praised numerous times by his wife, not only for being an inspiration and a good husband to her, but also for his songwriting ability. He continues to share his love of music with many, and often goes to events where his wife is performing.