Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was released in 2003. At the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, she won five awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night.
About Amy Winehouse in brief
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was released in 2003. At the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, she won five awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night. VH1 ranked Winehouse 26th on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. She died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, at the age of 27. Her last album, Back to Black, temporarily became the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century. She is survived by her brother, Alex, and her mother, Janis Winehouse. Her father, Mitch, often sang Frank Sinatra songs to her, and whenever she got chastised at school, she would sing \”Fly Me to the Moon\” before going up to the headmistress to be told off. Her maternal uncles were professional jazz musicians. Amy’s paternal grandmother, Cynthia, was a singer and dated the English jazz saxophonist Ronnie Scott. She and Amy’s parents influenced Amy’s interest in jazz. She attended a Jewish Sunday school while she was a child. In 1992, her grandmother suggested that Amy attend the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School, where she went on Saturdays to further her vocal education and to learn to tap dance. In July 2000, she became the featured female vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra; she was influenced by Sarah Dinah Washington, the latter of whom she was already listening to at home.
She lived with her mother and stayed with her father and his girlfriend in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on weekends. She bought her own guitar when she was 14 and began writing music shortly afterwards. She began working for a living as an entertainment journalist for the World Entertainment News Network and also singing with local group Bolshoi Band. She also founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour, with Juliette Ashby, her childhood friend, before seeking full-time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School. She went on to become a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Jazz Orchestra. Her mother and grandmother were Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish immigrants to London, and she lived in London’s Southgate area. She had an older brother,Alex, and the family lived in north London. She attended the Mount Hill School, Mill Hill, Croydon and the Selhurst School in Selhurst, Selhurst and Mill Hill. She won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, in 2007. In 2008, Winehouse became the first British woman to win five Grammys, including three of the General Field \”Big Four\” Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the year, as well as Best Pop Vocal Album.