The British soul singer and songwriter celebrated her breakthrough in 2008 with the 2006 album “Back to Black.” Her music, which moves between jazz, pop, soul, reggae, and the American music of the sixties, brought the eccentric artist Amy Jade Winehouse a meteoric rise. Winehouse sold over 25 million records in her short career of just eight years and was awarded six Grammys, among other things. Meanwhile, their drug and alcohol use consistently made headlines. Her most famous hits included “Take the Box” (2004), “Rehab” (2006), “You Know I’m No Good” (2007), and “Back to Black” (2007).
Amy Winehouse Biography
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, to the jazz musician and taxi driver Mitchell Winehouse and the pharmacist Janis Winehouse.
She and her older brother Alex grew up in a middle-class family in Southgate, London. Her parents separated when she was nine years old. From the age of 12, she attended Sylvia Young’s Theater School for young artists. Winehouse left school in 1999 at the age of 16. Meanwhile, she played in a jazz orchestra and worked as a songwriter. She then attended the BRIT School for the Performing Arts in Selhurst. In 2001, when the eccentric artist came of age, she received her first record deal with Island Records. Her debut album “Frank,” which was released in 2003, won two Brit Awards nominations and one Ivor Novello Award nomination.
Winehouse’s second album, “Back to Black,” followed in 2006. On May 18, 2007, she married the musician Blake Fielder-Civil. Her international breakthrough came in 2008 with “Back to Black.” Winehouse was nominated six times for the 2008 Grammy for “Back to Black” and received awards in five categories. She was only able to attend the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles via satellite broadcast. She was initially unable to obtain a visa to enter the USA due to her drug problem. When she received a permit, the deadline for arriving on time had already been exceeded. Meanwhile, her drug and alcohol use continued to make headlines. Also, she fought anorexia and bulimia.
At the end of January 2008, she went to rehab in London. In addition to her musical talent, she also appeared through her elegant appearance, with which she had a partly style-defining effect. Winehouse classified her music in the soul genre as well as in pop-jazz and contemporary jazz. Soul elements based on “Motown” and American music of the 1960s predominated. In 2008 she received the “Swiss Music Award” in the category: Best Newcomer International.
Amy Winehouse died in London on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27.