Amy Winehouse

Gone but never forgotten

Like the rest of the world, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Amy Winehouse.

Since releasing her debut album in 2003, Amy has made an enormous contribution to the world of music. The heavily jazz-influenced Frank was a huge critical success, earning the Southgate-born singer a nomination for the Mercury Prize.

However, it was the release of her second album Back to Black that made her a global superstar. Featuring more of a 60s soul influence, the album produced hit singles including Tears Dry On Their Own, You Know I'm No Good, the title track and, of course, the infamous Rehab.

Since its release in 2006, the album has sold almost 3 million copies in the UK alone and earned her five Grammy Awards, including the Best Pop Vocal Album prize.

In recent years, her considerable musical talent was sadly overshadowed by her troubled personal life. Her on-off relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil and her well-documented battles with drink and drugs meant she was never far from the headlines.

Her most recent public appearance came just days before her death, when she joined goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on-stage at the iTunes Festival in London. Bromfield is signed to Amy's Lioness Records and has already achieved a Top 40 single and album, despite being just 15-years-old.

Our thoughts are with Amy's friends and family at this difficult time. Gone, but never forgotten...