Amy Winehouse

Amy J. Winehouse, Amy Jade Winehouse

182 songs 20 albums

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September, 1983 — 23 July, 2011) was an English singer-songwriter known for her immediately recognisable contralto vocal range and soul-jazz style of vocals.

Even at age fourteen, Amy had a breathtakingly unique set of vocals that would propel her into stardom. By age nineteen, she had signed with Simon Fuller’s management company 19 Management. Soon after, she was scouted by Island Record’s A&R representative Darcus Beese and signed over to Island Records. In less than a year, after working closely alongside legendary music producer Salaam Remi, Amy released her debut studio album Frank. The album was praised for its jazz-influenced sound, and earned a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2004 Mercury Music Prize Awards. It rolled out some of Amy’s most notable singles, including “Fuck Me Pumps” and “Stronger Than Me,” the latter of which winning Amy her first Ivor Novello Award in 2004.

Three years after Frank on October 27, 2006, Amy released her sophomore and final studio album Back to Black. The album narrated the ups and downs of Amy’s personal life, most specifically the turmoils she faced with her partner Blake Fielder-Civil. Back to Black saw Amy branch out in terms of genre and production while working with fellow English producer Mark Ronson, who produced five of the eleven tracks featured on the album. Its lead single, “Rehab,” solidified itself as Amy’s staple track, detailing the conversation she had with her management after fears her drinking habits were causing her too much damage. The album’s title track “Back to Black” was released as another single a few months after “Rehab” and unfolded the dark moments that Amy faced after her relationship with Fielder-Civil came to a halt. Despite the album’s immense popularity and four Grammy Award wins, the attention it received, coupled with the incessant touring of the album and pressure placed on her personal life, visibly plunged Amy into her darkest hours that quickly lead to her untimely demise.

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