It’s been seven years since the tragic death of the vocal powerhouse that is Amy Winehouse, who was one of the most original, gifted and edgy vocalists in the history of the British music scene.
At only 27, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her flat in Camden, north London, on the afternoon of Saturday 23 July 2011, from alcohol poisoning. She was found dead by paramedics, fully clothed, with a laptop on her bed and empty bottles of vodka on the floor. Although her life was punctuated by controversy and drink and drug abuse that ensured she was never far from the tabloids, the multi-Grammy award-winner had become one of Britain’s most talented exports, selling five million records globally. Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the album of songs compiled posthumously, only served as further evidence of the deep loss faced by the music industry in her passing.
Winehouse who initially started her career as a jazz singer was launched into super stardom after her second album “Back to Black,” topped the international charts in 2006. The album chronicled the singers dark love affair with Blake Fielder-Civil and revealed her battle with alcohol and hard drugs in the song “Rehab.”
Before her untimely death, Amy Winehouse tried to make a comeback by launching a record label, Lioness, but unfortunately her troubles outside of the recording booth never allowed her to see it through.
“I want people to hear my voice and forget their troubles for five minutes.“
It was something she spent her life doing, before she turned towards more destructive forms of escape. It tells you something about why her music connected, and still connects. Here was someone who knew the redemptive power of music – who was not just a naturally gifted musician, but also a true music fan.
Amy Winehouse’s beehive hair, a disheveled mess, her trademark winged eyeliner smeared down her face, she was the iconic fallen star personified.