Amy Winehouse. biography
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983, in London, England to Mitchell, a taxi driver, and Janis Winehouse, a pharmacist. At age ten, she founded a rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour and was singing professionally by the age of 16.
After her close friend Tyler James passed on her demo tape to his label A&R, the young singer was signed to Island/Universal record label. Winehouse’s debut album Frank (2003) was released on October 20, 2003 to critical acclaim, resulting in two BRIT Award nominations for Best Urban Act and Best Female Solo Artist.
The rising star’s second album Back to Black (2007) debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number seven on the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 1.85 million copies in its first year. Featuring the hit single “Rehab,” the album went on to earn Winehouse the 2008 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (“Rehab”) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Rehab”) among other accolades.
In May 2007, she married Blake Fielder-Civil in Miami, Florida. In August, they both spent five days in rehab, resulting in the singer cancelling many shows due to exhaustion or ill health. After the two were arrested for possession of marijuana in Norway that same year, her lifestyle had become a concern from her friends and family.
On July 23, 2011, two ambulances were called to Winehouse’s London home in Camden, London. Shortly after, the Metropolitan Police confirmed she had died from alcohol intoxication at the mere age of 27.
Did you know...
- While performing at a concert in Burmingham England in November 2007, Amy was booed by the audience, with others walking out in protest to her drunken state.
- Prior to the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards, Amy trashed her hotel room in Berlin by throwing furniture and spaghetti at the walls. It was reported that damages cost thousands of dollars worth.
- In October 2007 it was revealed that Prince had asked Amy to perform a duet with him for his next album.
- In the summer of 2007, her song You Know I'm No Good was incorporated into ads for AMC's T.V. drama, Mad Men.
- In August 2007, Amy embarked on a three-day bender that resulted in her being rushed to a London hospital. She was given an emergency adrenaline shot and had her stomach pumped due to a drug over-dose.
- Amy announced she had been approached by one of the producers of the James Bond movies to sing the main theme of Bond 22.