Amy Winehouse (1983 -2011), London, was an English singer and composer, known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including soul, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues. She represented a union of these aesthetics: a happy fusion of ’40s jazz, ’60s soul and hard texts inspired by daily life.
Amy bought her first guitar when she was 14 and began writing music a year later. Soon after, she began working for a living, including, at one time, as an entertainment journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with local group the Bolsha Band. In July 2000, she became the featured female vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.