At the age of 10, Amy Winehouse was part of the rap group ‘Sweet ‘n Sour.’ At 12, she studied in the Sylvia Young Theatre School but was soon expelled. Amy used to be around musicians in her family and entered the music business early. At 16, a friend of hers sent her demo to A&R, and they made her and offer right away. In general, Amy was an average ordinary person who only stands for good music and love.
She loved her family, and her soulmate– Blake. They were married for two years before she passed away. Amy was too young and already in love wishing for nothing more but being normal. At the same time, she was already very popular and couldn’t be just normal because the media surrounded her everywhere. She couldn’t take the pressure and started having problems with depression, alcohol, and drugs, which caused her death at the age of 27.
Career and Albums
At an early age, Amy started as a jazz vocalist but quickly afterward mixed styles like jazz, pop, soul, and hip-hop after her breakthrough with the music company A&R. Soon after that, her first album, “Frank” (2003), came out. She won the Ivor Novello award with the most compelling song from the album “Stronger Than Me”.
Unfortunately, the popularity didn’t suit Amy very well. Fame changed her life when she was still too young. Along with the love of her life – Blake, drugs, and alcohol came on the way. Amy was accepting musical performances, but she couldn’t stand on the stage because she went drunk, so she started canceling appearances.
She refused to try to overcome her alcohol addiction and made the song “Rehab,” and then she released her second album “Back to Black.” This album made her the Best Female Solo Artist and won the debut award. Amy wrote a song in this album about her life and experience. Hence, it reached so many people. It was an honest sign of her mental instability.
After her death, her album Back to Black became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
In 2008, Amy won 5 Grammy awards in one night – Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, The Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
In 2008 and 2009, she won the ‘Worst Dressed Performer’ award Twice.
In 2009, she got into the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Grammy Awards Won by a British Female Act.”
In 2012 Amy won the ‘Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” with Tony Bennett for the song ‘Body and Soul’
Asif Kapadia directed a documentary movie for her, called ‘Amy,’ which won an Oscar and a Grammy.
Amy lived her dreams her way – in a heart-breaking path. She experienced so much in such a short time – glory, success, love, depression, hope, mistakes, pain. Sadly, her talent couldn’t live a longer and better life, but she was a unique artist and not one of many. Amy was the one and only.