Gone Too Soon: Amy Winehouse
Early Saturday morning on July 23 2011, acclaimed vocalist Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment. At only 27, her musical legacy of songwriting soulful melodies, and a deep admiration for early R&B/Soul music consisted of “Frank” (2003) and “Back To Black” (2006). Winner of numerous awards, including 5 Grammys, and revered for her early live performances, fans eagerly anticipated her next commercial release and a sober recovery from her addictions. Unfortunately, that never happened.
Amy’s personal struggles with addiction, unhealthy relationships, and mental illness (depression) were no secret as her rising popularity brought an onslaught of paparazzi and public attention. She wrote several songs about drug use, its control and heavy presence in her life. We all have the tendency to overdose or self-medicate in order to feel better about any given situation, and it’s always tragic when addiction takes the lives of a beloved public figure or family member or friend.
We celebrate her talent and spirit through the music created and artists she influenced. Fans and music lovers everywhere mourn the loss of a great artist. Rest In Peace Amy Jade Winehouse 9/14/1983 – 7/23/2011.