Dream Too Much

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Dream Too Much
Studio album by Amy Lee
Released September 30 2016
Recorded 2016
Genre Children's music
Length 27:31
Label Amy Lee Music
Producer Will B. Hunt
Amy Lee chronology
Recover, Vol. 1
(2016)
Dream Too Much
(2016)
Love Exists
(2017)
Singles from Dream Too Much
  1. "Dream Too Much"
    Released: September 7, 2016
  2. "If You're a Star"
    Released: September 22, 2016
  3. "The End of the Book"
    Released: December 23, 2016
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Dream Too Much is a children's album by Amy Lee that was released exclusively through Amazon on September 30, 2016. The album is available digitally and on CD and was released under Amy's own label: Amy Lee Music.

The bass player on the album, Jeremy Hull, posted to Facebook that he'd been working with Amy Lee on "her upcoming kids' album" on April 15, 2016. The post was taken down some hours later as the album hadn't yet been announced by Amy.

The album was officially announced on August 17, 2016 through an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone[1]. The pre-order link was posted confirming that there will be twelve tracks and the official audio for the self-titled single was released on YouTube at the same time[2].

The album was originally going to feature four or five tracks as a sixtieth birthday present for Amy's father, John Lee[3]. But then Amy's manager approached her about an opportunity from Amazon to make a children's album, and Amy accepted as they had already begun the project[4].

Concept and recording

With inspiration from her two-year-old son Jack, the album started as a studio-time present to her father, a guitar player and one-time Gong Show champion, who always played music in the Lee home[5].

Vin1.jpg Dad has always been talking about making some kid songs for Jack to have later in life. [My husband suggested,] 'You guys should just do it, get in the studio together, you've never been in the studio together, you're both musicians.[5] Vin2.jpg


Lee and her father joined forces in Fort Worth, Texas, for a few sessions that promptly grew into a project that enveloped much of her family. Her dad played ukulele, dobro and banjo; Lee teamed with sisters Carrie and Lori for some Andrews Sisters–style harmonies; her uncle Tom plays guitar, bass and harmonica; and her son Jack even makes a cameo[5].

Vin1.jpg We've been saying, even if we're the only ones who ever heard it ... it was worth it because it means so much to us as a family and we love it. So, I'm very proud of it and it was very fulfilling to be able to do that together. ... I'm always looking for ways that I can expand myself creatively and this was a surprise. This kind of came out of a very random place and a very pure place. It was just for ourselves and it turned into something really beautiful.[5] Vin2.jpg


Release and Promotion

The album was released exclusively through Amazon and is available on digital and CD formats. In 2018, the album was added to Spotify and Apple Music.

Track List

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King cover)Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike StollerWill B. Hunt 2:18
2. "Dream Too Much"  Amy Lee, Lori LeeWill B. Hunt 3:05
3. "Bee and Duck"  Amy LeeWill B. Hunt 0:36
4. "I'm Not Tired"  Amy Lee, Lori LeeWill B. Hunt 2:15
5. "Little Bird"  Amy Lee, John LeeWill B. Hunt 3:23
6. "Alice"  Amy LeeWill B. Hunt 0:47
7. "Rubber Duckie" (Sesame Street cover)Jeff MossWill B. Hunt 2:08
8. "Hello, Goodbye" (The Beatles cover)John Lennon, Paul McCartneyWill B. Hunt 2:59
9. "Donkey and Chicken"  Amy LeeWill B. Hunt 1:23
10. "The End of the Book"  Amy Lee, Lori Lee, John Lee, Josh HartzlerWill B. Hunt 2:58
11. "If You're a Star"  Amy Lee, John Lee, Josh HartzlerWill B. Hunt 2:56
12. "Goodnight My Love" (Jesse Belvin cover)George Motola, John MarascalcoWill B. Hunt 2:43

Credits

Amy Lee's thanks in the album booklet:

Vin1.jpg Having a dream is just the beginning, and I want to give a very special thanks to all of the wonderful, hard working people who helped it come true.

Thank you Steve Boom, Griff Morris, Chris Graham, Jamie Fullen, Mary Tastet, Caitlin Larson, Kate Scarpa & everyone at Amazon for your amazing support!

Thank you Jordan Berliant, Jodi Emond, Corey Crossfield, Mark Gorlick, Michelle McAdams, Will Botwin and everyone at Revelation and Red Light management. Thank you for believing in me and encouraging me and doing all the many things you do to make it happen! I also want to thank Steve Baron and Rick Mozenter. I'm so proud of my team. Thank you Will Hunt for your brilliant production, for bringing our sound to life and for your sincere, true friendship (you too, Tab!) A big thank you to my whole family, for making me who I am and inspiring this album. I am so grateful to have such big, strong, music-filled roots, and so much support. Thank you Mimi for inspiring me to play the piano, and paint, and for coming to the studio to listen! Thank you Josh for empowering and enabling me to make music I love and raise our sweet boy at the same time. And most of all, thanks to my baby Jackie. You inspire me every single day, and this music is all for you. I love you!

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