EPICA lead singer Simone Simons who was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA),also known as the hospital bacteria has issued the following update:
"One of the four tests was positive and we all decided that we shouldn't take any risks regarding my health and that Amanda [Somerville] should replace me [for the upcoming North American tour].
"It is already a big improvement that only one of the test results is still positive, this means that the MRSA is almost out of my system!
"Amanda Somerville, a great friend and member of the EPICA team, will replace me for the American tour with SYMPHONY X.
"We chose Amanda because she is already familiar to the EPICA fans. You can hear her on all our albums, singing backing vocals, on 'Seif al Din' and the 'Obsessive Devotion' you can hear her speak, she is singing in the EPICA choir and she was my vocal coach for all the albums.
"We are happy that she is willing to fill in for me since she is already part of the band in a way.
"Amanda has a great voice and a wonderful presence. I am sure you will love her long blond hair.
"She will do a good job and I wish her and EPICA good luck for this tour.
"I will rest a bit more in the mean time and will come back soon with full force!"
A Michigan native, Amanda has resided and worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands since 1999. She's worked with several bands in the metal scene (EDGUY, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA, KAMELOT, etc.) along with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, and co-wrote the rock opera "Aina". Her own music is of the pop-rock genre and she is currently focusing on her solo career.
According to WebMD, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA),like all staph bacteria, can be spread from one person to another through casual contact or through contaminated objects. It is commonly spread from the hands of someone who has MRSA. This could be anyone in a health care setting or in the community. MRSA is usually not spread through the air like the common cold or flu virus, unless a person has MRSA pneumonia and is coughing.
Amanda Somerville's "My Song for You" video: