Remembering Amy Winehouse
Today marks one year since the death of one of the most iconic artists in recent memory; Amy Winehouse. After a night of drinking, the 'Rehab' star was found dead at her Camden home on July 23 of last year. Prior to her passing, Amy finally looked settled and ready to get her life back on track after a rather turbulent period in her personal life. Despite successfully managing to get herself clean from drugs, it was alcohol poisoning which ultimately led to her tragic death at the tender age of just 27…
A year on from her passing and her warm presence can still be felt. With the release of her posthumous album 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' at the back end of last year, her music has continued to frequently appear in the charts, radio playlists and feature on music channels across the world. Recently appearing on 'Cherry Wine' -- a cut from the new album of good friend and collaborator, Nas – Amy's vocals were a true reminder of what an amazing talent she really was.
For a career which spawned a mere two albums, she managed to achieve a considerable amount more than many artists would dream of conquering in a lifetime. Selling millions of records (with an added 1.7 million sold since her passing), touring the world over and winning over the hearts and minds of all whom came in contact with her and her music; she certainly managed to come a long way from her humble beginnings in the smoke-filled clubs of Camden, that’s for sure.
Following her death, the singer's family have sought to set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation in her memory. The foundation has been working hard over the past ten months to support charitable activities in the UK and abroad which help provide support and care for young people who find themselves at a disadvantage financially, through ill health or suffering from an addiction. Almost a year since its formation and the foundation has managed to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities to receive the crucial financial backing they so desperately need. A positive and generous way of keeping her name alive, wouldn’t you agree?
With rumours of an Amy Winehouse hologram in the works, a heap of unreleased music and a back catalogue of timeless hits, it's safe to say that the memory and voice of Amy Winehouse will not be forgotten any time soon.
Purchase ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ from iTunes here.
To find out more information on the Amy Winehouse Foundation and all of the work they're involved with click here.
Words: Ash Houghton (@AshHoughton_)