Whether you felt Amy Winehouse was a great talent cut down in her prime or someone who failed to use her many resources to overcome her persistant problems, one thing most people can agree upon is that after her death at 27, the artist had little chance to leave much behind professionally.
Her album “Back to Black” was extremely well-received- perhaps catapulting her towards the fame that ultimately had a big hand in precipitating her premature death. And prior to “Back to Black” came “Frank,” her first album that, while not a breakout, was critically acclaimed and is a big part of her legacy.
But perhaps not surprisingly, Winehouse left some unfinished business behind when she passed away in July. The singer had some unreleased tracks, tracks that her family feels are well up to the standard of her studio work.
Amy’s grieving dad Mitch said that listening to his daughter sing after her death, when the pressure to save Amy had dissipated, was a different experience. He explains:
“I spent so much time chasing after Amy — telling her off — that I never realised what a true genius she was.
“It wasn’t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of her talent. From jazz standards to hip-hop songs, it took my breath away.”
Mitch Winehouse also spoke about her lack of awareness when it came to her own hits. He tells of shopping with Amy after she became famous, and noticing one of her songs playing over the store’s speakers. He says:
“As we were waiting, one of her songs came on, I think it was Stronger Than Me. She just looked at me and said, ‘Is that one of my songs, Dad?’ She genuinely didn’t listen to her own music after it was recorded. She wouldn’t wallow in her success. That’s what was so lovely — she was just Amy. No ego about her.”
The album- “Amy Winehouse, Lioness: Hidden Treasures” will be out December 5th, and £1 from every sale will go to the singer’s memorial foundation.