Four years ago today the world lost 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.
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 for her 2006 album Back to Black, and earned acclaim for songs like “Rehab,” “Back to Black” and “Valerie.”
Amy 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.
Winehouse’s upbringing was surrounded by jazz; many of her uncles on her mother’s side were professional jazz musicians.
At the age of 12, Winehouse was accepted into the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, and a year later she received her first guitar. But by the age of 16, Winehouse was 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.
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Biography: Amy Jade Winehouse.