Amy Winehouse

  • English musician
  • Born September 13, 1984
  • Died July 23, 2011

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz. Winehouse's debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British woman to win five Grammys, including three of the General Field "Big Four" Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

You know how you either grow up in a Michael Jackson house or a Prince house? For me it was Michael Jackson. I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him.

I don't have emotional needs, only physical ones.

I'm lucky because I do get to fly first-class now.

I wouldn't say I'm a feminist, but I don't like girls pretending to be stupid because it's easier.

I just like tattoos.

Cause I'm a musician, I'm not really good at posing and being a model, like, modeling.

I can play a lot of different instruments adequately but nothing really well.

There's no point in saying anything but the truth.

There's no point in saying anything but the truth.

Yeah, I'm an open book.

I don't even have a TV.

I would say that jazz is my own language.

I fall in love every day. Not with people but with situations.

Having listened to great songwriters like James Taylor and Carole King, I felt there was nothing new that was coming out that really represented me and the way I felt. So I started writing my own stuff.

The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.

I look after people.

Life's short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts.

I'm my own worst critic, and if I don't pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won't be a happy girl.

My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.

I'm such a kid at heart.

To be honest, I think kids have got a lot more going on than adults. They've got their heads screwed on a lot better.

I'm very loyal.

I'm not a natural born performer.

I'm not very ambitious at all.

Since I was 16, I've felt a black cloud hangs over me. Since then, I have taken pills for depression.

I can express myself.

When I'm nervous, I stutter, and I had to keep stopping and starting.

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

Since I was 16, I've felt a black cloud hangs over me.

I've never been a boyfriend kind of girl.

Basically, I live to do gigs.

I've got a crush on my backing singer.

My husband is everything to me and without him it's just not the same.

I saw a picture of myself when I came out of the hospital. I didn't recognize myself.

I listen to music that is of our time and I just get angry.

I love food.

If you're nice to me I'll never write anything bad about you.