Amy Winehouse Autographs and Autograph Examples
Amy Winehouse Autographs and Autograph Examples
Won five Grammy Awards for her 2006 album Back to Black, and is remembered for songs like “Rehab,” “Back to Black” and “Valerie.” She died in 2011, at age 27.
Who Was Amy Winehouse?
Born in London, England, on September 14, 1983, Amy Winehouse broke into the music business when, at age 16, a classmate passed on her demo tape to a record label. She signed her first record deal as a jazz vocalist, and her music later blossomed into an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, soul and R&B. Winehouse won five Grammy Awards connected to her 2006 album Back to Black, and earned acclaim for songs like the title track, “Rehab” and “Love Is a Losing Game.” Winehouse died tragically on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning.
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983, in the suburb of Southgate in London, England. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, worked as a cab driver, while mother Janis was employed as a pharmacist. In her early years, Winehouse immersed in music; many of her uncles on her mother’s side were professional jazz musicians, and her father sang as a child with his family. Winehouse’s paternal grandmother was also once romantically involved with British jazz legend Ronnie Scott. Winehouse grew up listening to a diverse range of music, from James Taylor to Sarah Vaughan. At the age of 10, she was drawn to listen to American R&B and hip-hop acts, including TLC and Salt-N-Pepa.
At the age of 12, Winehouse accepted into the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, and a year later she received her first guitar. But by the age of 16, Amy Winehouse expelled for “not applying herself” and piercing her nose. That same year, she caught her first big break when a schoolmate and close friend, pop singer Tyler James, passed her demo tape to his label, A&R, who was searching for a jazz vocalist. The opportunity led her to a record deal with Island/Universal.
Debut Album: ‘Frank’
Her debut album, Frank (2003), a critically acclaimed mixture of jazz, pop, soul and hip-hop. The album, nominated for the Mercury Music Prize as well as two BRIT awards for Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Act. The debut single on the album, “Stronger Than Me,” earned the new artist an Ivor Novello award. Frank also hit double platinum status.
During this time, Amy Winehouse autographs began developing a reputation as an unstable party girl, often showing up to her club or TV performances too drunk to sing a whole set. She also started a tumultuous; on-again-off-again relationship with music video assistant Blake Fielder-Civil who admitted to introducing Winehouse to hard drugs. In public, the couples’ arguments often devolved into fistfights and dramatic scenes. In private, their romance centred around drugs, alcohol and physical abuse.
‘Back to Black’
By 2006, her management company finally suggested that Amy Winehouse autographs enter rehab for alcohol abuse. Instead, she dumped the company and turned the experience into the lead single for her second; critically acclaimed album Back to Black (2006). Her song “Rehab,” which addressed her refusal to receive treatment for substance abuse; became a Top 10 hit in the UK and earned the artist another Ivor Novello award for the best contemporary song. The album was also a critical success; winning the artist a BRIT award for Best Female Solo Artist and a BRIT nomination for Best British Album in 2007.
Less than a month after her BRIT win, Back to Black made its American debut. It was an instant smash; hitting higher on the Billboard music charts than any other American debut by a British female recording artist in history. The album stayed in the Top 10 for several months; selling one million copies by the end of that summer, with “Rehab” becoming a top 10 U.S. hit as well.
Marriage and Erratic Behavior
In April of 2007, Winehouse engaged to Blake Fielder-Civil. Winehouse revealed that her romance with the 23-year-old was the inspiration for several of the Back to Black tracks. The couple eloped and married on May 18, 2007, in a ceremony in Miami, Florida.
An admitted marijuana smoker dogged by reports of continued drug abuse and strange behaviour. On August 8, 2007, the singer overdosed on several drugs and was hospitalized. First claiming exhaustion, Amy Winehouse autographs later told the News of the World that she overdosed after she had used a mix of heroin, cocaine; ecstasy, ketamine, whisky and vodka during a bar crawl in London. The episode put a planned tour of North America on hold. August 21, 2007, announcement indicated that Winehouse; ordered to rest and working with doctors to address her health.
Sadly, at the end of her life, Winehouse’s enormous talent overshadowed by her addiction to drugs and alcohol. The singer died tragically on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning.
Winehouse’s life and career were the focus of the critically acclaimed documentary Amy; directed by Asif Kapadia, which hit theatres in 2015. While the work has been widely celebrated, receiving an Academy Award in 2016 for best documentary; the less than flattering portrayal of Winehouse’s father upset her family. The family released a statement through a spokesperson after Amy, shown at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; stating that the project “is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent; and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths.”