1983 – 2011
Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home, at the age of 27. According to Sky News, it’s believed the singer died of a suspected drug overdose but officially her death is being treated as “unexplained.” Her battle with drugs has long been reported, sadly overtaking those stories about her talent and gift.
I’ll never forget hearing Rehab for the first time and being awe-struck at her voice. Listening to Back to Black and Frank confirmed that her talent went beyond that one arresting track. She had a voice that forced you to sit down listen and deal with your demons – even if she herself wouldn’t.
I’m thankful I got to see her at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday concert at Hyde Park in London, even though it was only for three songs. I’m saddened that we won’t get to hear what more could have come.
From the Recording Academy:
Five-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse was a dynamic performer and musician who seamlessly blended rock, jazz, pop, and soul and created a sound all her own. Her rich, soulful and unique voice reflected her honest songwriting and earned her a devoted fan following, critical acclaim, and the genuine respect and admiration of her musical peers. She will forever be remembered for her immense talent, and her music will live on for generations to come. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.
– Neil Portnow, President/CEO
And here – one of my favourite Amy tracks:
“We only said goodbye with words…”