Amy Winehouse joined the 27 Club three years ago and the music world still mourns her death very much.
The late English singer-songwriter was known for her deep contralto vocals and her wide mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, in 2003 was a huge success in the UK but it wasn’t until 2006 when she gained worldwide recognition. “Rehab”, Winehouse’s first single from her second album Back to Black, was released on October 23rd, 2006 and won over the hearts of fans across the globe.
The “Just Friends” singer’s second album led her to 5 Grammy Awards in 2008, making her the first British female to win 5 Grammys, including three out of four of the “Big Four” awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The 5ft3 singer with the cheeky eye make-up and bouffant beehive hair also won the Brit Award for Best British Female Artist in 2007, the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab” in 2007 and another Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically for “Love Is a Losing Game” in 2008.
After years of abusing drugs and alcohol, Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23rd, 2011. We miss her and her music dearly so today, in remembrance of Amy Winehouse we’ve prepared a list of ways to remember her beyond the headlines.
1. She was more than her deep contralto vocals. As a songwriter, Winehouse wrote most of her own material, including her highly popular hit singles “Rehab”, “Back to Black” and “Love Is A Losing Game”. From a jazz inspired debut album, Frank, to the soulful Back to Black, her music was the driving force behind her fame and success and it will continue to shine with people around the world.
2. Winehouse was a singer who could deliver when it mattered most — her live performances. She was able to dominate live performances by playing around with her vocal arrangements and improvising to charm audiences and fans around the world.
3. Her sense of style and fashion. Apart from her music, Winehouse was also known for her bouffant beehive hairdo and thick eyeliner which many of her fans tried to copy.
4. She made jazz more accessible and she introduced it to a whole new generation. Winehouse added her own touch to her covers of famous musicians such as Tony Bennet, Marvin Gaye and Toots & The Maytals bringing classic songs back into the mainstream.
5. Throughout her musical career, Winehouse collaborated and appeared on stage with some of the biggest music legends of all time. These legends include The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Tonny Bennett and more.
Despite all the gossip and drama, Amy Winehouse was highly respected and very much loved by her fellow musicians for her art and talent.
3 years on, let us know what your thoughts and memories of Amy Winehouse are by sounding of in the comments.