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Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Name: Amy Jade Winehouse

Origin: Southgate, London, UK

Labels: Island, Lioness, Universal Republic


Amy Winehouse was a singer and songwriter from London, known for her powerful voice and her unique style; a mix of R&B, pop, soul and jazz. Winehouse is regarded as one of the most gifted performers of her generation and won several awards, including five Grammys. She was also famous for her troubled personal life, her problems with alcohol and drug addiction and her numerous conflicts with the press. She died on 23rd July 2011 in London from an alcohol overdose, aged 27.

She was born in 1983 in Southgate, north London, to a Jewish family. Her parents were great jazz and soul fans. She rose to fame at 16, when her boyfriend at the time - pop singer Tyler James - sent a demo to his A&R manager. It resulted in a contract with Island Records. Late 2003, her first album, “Frank”, named after Frank Sinatra, was released. The record, a mix of jazz, pop, soul and hip-hop, was widely acclaimed and was nominated for the Mercury Prize 2004. Around that time, her problems with alcohol started, with the singer regularly appearing drunk on stage and on television. In 2006, after refusing to get herself admitted into a rehabilitation clinic, she released her single “Rehab”- an advance track off her second album, “Back To Black”. The record, produced by Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, moved away from jazz and focussed on sixties girl group-style vocals, rock-n'-roll and soul. It was a huge international success, making her a star across the globe. Her personal life, however, became ever more chaotic, due to her stormy relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil. The following four years were marked by her addictions and public scandals, alongside the constant cancellations of her concerts. On 23rd July 2011, she was found dead in her apartment in Camden, as a result of alcohol poisoning. At the end of 2011 the album “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” appeared, a compilation of recordings she made throughout her career.

Essential discography

“Frank” (Island, 2003)

“Back To Black” (Universal Republic, 2006)

“Lioness: Hidden Treasures” (Island, 2011)