Musicians from all corners of the business remember Amy Winehouse ahead of what would have been her 35th birthday.
Apple Music’s “Beats 1” chatted with Elton John, Lauren Jauregui, and others about the mark Winehouse left on their industry.
“What an artist she was,” John said. “I remember seeing her after she got married to Blake [Fielder-Civil] and she did a make-up show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London and I went with David, my partner, and sincerely, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. And I know she was hit and miss live but she was very much hit on this occasion.”
“I told her afterward it was one of the best 10 shows ever seen in my life,” he reflected. “And such a tragedy she’s not here anymore but we have her wonderful music to listen to and it endures. It’s a talent that will always be here.”
Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui explained the “Rehab” singer’s influence on her. “I’m extremely inspired by her genuineness or her authenticity. The fact that she always wrote from such a real place it was clearly from inside of her soul.
“I just love every time that I hear her sing and every time I hear music I can feel exactly what she was going through and relate to it in the specific way that I do and allow that to be the art that happens. I think it’s a really beautiful artist-to-fan connection.”
R&B singer H.E.R. also paid her respects: “I really appreciated the musicality in her records and… how her arrangements were so old school and, and she had horns and… she played guitar. I mean Frank was one of my favourite albums… Back to Black, both of those albums really had that musical vibe and she brought it to mainstream music.
“It was very nostalgic. ‘In My Bed’, is a song that I really like,” H.E.R. said. “It’s very musical, it’s very fun. I love driving around and listen to that song all the time.”
“I wish I had the opportunity to meet and work with her but it never happened and I’ve heard many stories from different producers and different people that, that have worked with her and I think I try to live vicariously through them and in their stories. I think the spirit and essence of her music are going to live on through a lot of artists because she’s one of the greats.”
Winehouse was born on Sept. 14, 1983, and died from alcohol intoxication on July 23, 2011.