Name:
Amy Winehouse
Birth Date:
1983/9/14
Birth Place:
Camden, London, England, UK
Height:
5' 3
Nationality:
British
Famous for:
The first single 'Rehab' from her 2006 second album Back to Black
Profession:
Singer
Education:
Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone, London
BIOGRAPHY
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Rehab

Background:

“If I heard someone else singing like me, I would buy it in a heartbeat.” Amy Winehouse

Five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who debuted with the album “Frank” (2003), achieved international success in 2006 with the release of her second album, “Back to Black.” It spawned a number of singles, including "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good," "Back to Black," "Tears Dry on Their Own," and "Love Is a Losing Game."

The first British artist to win 5 Grammy Awards in a single year (2008), Winehouse was featured on Rolling Stone's website as one of 10 artists to watch for in the year 2007 and voted the ultimate heroine in the Sky.com poll (April 2008). Back in 2004, she joined Sunday Times young music rich list for the first time with an estimated fortune of $20million.

“My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they’re going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking.” Amy Winehouse (on drinking)

This 5' 3" talented musician with a soulful voice, a number of old school tattoos of naked women on her body, long black hair styled into a '60s-inspired beehive, and extreme black eyeliner, has become regular tabloid news for her drug and alcohol addiction, as well as self-destructive behavior. Alongside her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, she has also been plagued by legal troubles. In November 2008, Winehouse reportedly met with divorce lawyers to discuss a formal separation from her husband.

“I know I'm talented, but I wasn't put here to sing. I was put here to be a wife and a mom and look after my family. I love what I do, but it's not where it begins and ends.” Amy Winehouse


Rebellious Amy

Childhood and Family:

Born in Camden, London, England, on September 14, 1983, Amy Jade Winehouse grew up in Southgate. She attended Ashmole School. The daughter of Janis, a pharmacist, and Mitchell Winehouse, a taxi driver, Amy has one older brother named Alex.

At 9, Amy attended the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and then the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone, London, at 12. A rebellious girl, Amy was expelled at 14 for not applying herself, piercing her own nose, and tattooing her body. She briefly studied at BRIT School in Selhurst, Croydon, with singer Katie Melua.

“He proposed at home and I took a day to finally agree. Obviously we are both young and it is frightening. But it is the right thing to do. That is why I agreed. I'm a very lucky girl to have found someone I love so much. I hope to be with him for the rest of my life.” Amy Winehouse (on getting engaged to Blake Fielder-Civil)

On May 18, 2007, Amy married Blake Fielder-Civil in Miami, Florida. She recalled, “My dad was alright about it really - it was more my mum that wasn't. I would have loved my family to have been there but it was something just for us. We just wanted to go away and do something with no fuss. We've got to do something here now. I've got to go to Tiffany's to get my engagement ring re-sized and we'll pick out matching wedding bands.”

Blake was sentenced to 27 months behind bars for grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was released from jail early on November 5, 2008, and was then admitted directly to a rehab facility. Not long after, Amy, who has not seen Blake since his release, reportedly met with divorce lawyers to discuss a formal separation from Blake.

"It's over. There's no way back for us now. It was never going to last. We were only together for sex. I fancied him like mad, like no one else I've ever known. But it's not enough, is it." Amy Winehouse

Amy, who has been a target of the tabloids due to her battle with substance abuse, bulimia, and alcohol problems, overdosed on drugs in August 2007. She recalled, “I was so out of control. It just happened. It shocked me. I'm sorry. I just don't know what got into me. I never want to feel that way again. I've scared myself this time. I was all over the place. I know things have got to change. I need to sort myself out.”

Amy has developed the lung condition emphysema and has been warned by doctors that she will die if she continues smoking drugs. She recently was hospitalized with a suspected chest infection after suffering a bad reaction to medication.

“A little bit of anorexia, a little bit of bulimia. I'm not totally okay now but I don't think any woman is.” Amy Winehouse (about her health)


Back to Black

Career:

The niece of professional jazz players, Amy Winehouse grew up surrounded by music and formed her first group at the age of 10, a short-lived rap group named “Sweet 'n' Sour,” with childhood friend Juliette Ashby. She received her first guitar at the age of 13 and began writing music at 14. She started her professional career at 16, performing occasional club gigs and recording low cost demos, one of which led to her signing with record label Island/Universal under Simon Fuller's company 19 Management and a publishing deal with EMI.

On October 20, 2003, Winehouse released her debut album, “Frank,” a jazz-tinged album that received overwhelmingly positive reviews both in the U.K. and in the U.S. It was nominated for two BRIT Awards and was short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize. Produced mainly by Salaam Remi, the album spun off the singles "Stronger Than Me," an Ivor Novello Award-winning R&B–jazz song, and "Take the Box," the highest-charting single from the album that peaked at #57 on the U.K. Singles Chart. It also spawned the double A-side singles "In My Bed"/"You Sent Me Flying" and "Pumps"/"Help Yourself." The album that received double platinum certification in the U.K. was later included in the 2006 book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die," edited by Robert Dimery. Meanwhile, Winehouse performed at the Glastonbury and V Festival.

Winehouse enjoyed international success in 2006 when she released her second studio album, "Back to Black," which received universal critical acclaim and won five awards at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony (she also performed via satellite), including Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist for Winehouse. It yielded the critically acclaimed lead single "Rehab," which won the 2007 Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song and three Grammy Awards in 2008 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and the follow-up singles "You Know I'm No Good," "Back to Black," "Tears Dry on Their Own," "Love Is a Losing Game," and "Just Friends." The album went to #1 on the U.K. Albums Chart numerous times and debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. By October 25, the album had sold over 11 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling album of 2007 and the top iTunes album in the U.K. in 2007.

Winehouse's album "Frank" was released in the United States on November 20, 2007, to positive reviews and debuted at #61 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Winehouse recently performed at the 2008 BRIT Awards, performing a cover of English band "The Zutons’s indie rock song "Valerie" with Mark Ronson, and "Love Is a Losing Game." She also released a special deluxe edition of "Back to Black," which topped the U.K. album charts. A documentary titled “Amy Winehouse - The Girl Done Good: A Documentary Review,” which features interviews with those who knew her at a young age, helped her gain success, jazz music experts, as well as music and pop culture specialists, was also released on April 14, 2008. She also launched “Snakehips at the Monarch,” in the Camden Monarch venue in London on July 10, 2008.

Winehouse has been immortalized in bronze by British artist Guy Portelli for an art exhibition in London and in wax at London's Madame Tussauds Museum. She is currently learning to play drums for the material of her upcoming album.


Awards:

  • World Music Awards: Best Pop/Rock Female, 2008

  • Urban Music Awards: Best Neo Soul Act, 2008

  • Ivor Novello Awards: Best Song Musically and Lyrically, "Love Is A Losing Game," 2008

  • Shockwaves NME Awards: "Worst Dressed," 2008

  • Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, "Rehab," 2008

  • Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, "Rehab," 2008

  • Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, 2008

  • Grammy Awards: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, "Rehab," 2008

  • Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Album, "Back to Black," 2008

  • NME: Worst Dressed Performer, 2008

  • MTV Europe Music Awards: Artists' Choice, 2007

  • Brit Award: Best Female Artist, 2007

  • Ivor Novello: Best Contemporary Song, "Rehab," 2007

  • Greatest Britons: Musical Achievement, 2007

  • Popjustice £20 Music Prize: Best British Pop Single of the Year, "Rehab," 2007

  • Q Awards: Best Album, "Back to Black," 2007

  • MOBO: Best UK Female, 2007

  • MTV Europe Music: Album of the Year, "Back to Black," 2007

  • Vodafone Live Music: Best Female, 2007

  • South Bank Show: Best Pop, 2007

  • Elle Style: Best British Music Act, 2007

  • Ivor Novello: Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically), "Stronger than Me," 2004

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