Able to create distinguishable music which is perceived to be the perfect fusion of traditional and modern influences, Amy Jade Winehouse was born to a taxi-driving father named Mitchell and pharmacist mother named Janis on September 14, 1983 in Camden, London, England. She spent most her early years in the suburb of Southgate, North London where she attended Ashmole School. The niece of professional jazz musicians from her mother's side, music surely was never an alien thing to the girl. She grew up listening to a diverse tunes ranging from Sarah Vaughn to Salt-N-Pepa. At age ten, she even confidently formed a short-lived amateur rap group named Sweet 'n' Sour in which she used the latter moniker during the troupe's existence.
Though her abundant love for music was certainly unquestionable at that time, Amy, however, still gave herself a chance to try for another field as she later entered the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone by age twelve. Nevertheless, the classes were unable to capture her interest and within the following year, she was expelled for "not applying herself", leading her to attend Britain's only free performing arts and technology institution the BRIT School. The movement thankfully proved well on the teen as she could further hone her musical skills to afterwards begin making her way in music scene through Sunday morning gigs and Youth Jazz Orchestra.
However, it was not until her close friend, soul singer Tyler James, passed on her demo tape to his A&R people that the path to professional field started to open for Amy. Easily impressed the studio execs, she immediately was signed to James' recording label, Island Records, under the management company 19 Management, and smoothly got her first work, "Frank", released on October 23, 2003. The result was beyond great as it did not only receive positive response from fans and critics alike, but also scored her two nominations at the 2004 Brit Awards with one of its tracks "Stronger Than Me" winning an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song in the same year.
Making a follow-up to the initial success, a sophomore album titled "Back to Black" was then launched on October 30, 2006 in the U.K to a more fantastic result, much to Amy's joy. A piece of work that presented its singer in a new light, the LP amazingly strove to gain the top spot on the U.K. albums chart by January 14, 2007 while landing slot on the big five of music charts in Norway, Finland, Ireland, and The Netherlands. Also managed to spawn two hit singles namely "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good", the record ultimately won the beauty a Brit Award as the Best Female Solo Artist a month later, no doubt catapulting her to nationwide prominence. Looking on this sweet outcome, an expansion thus was arranged for "Back to Black" to cross the European continent. Already hitting the stores in Canada, the album eventually was released in Australia on February 24, 2007 while plotted to come up in the U.S on March 13, 2007 with "Rehab" as its lead single.
As of her love life, the singer who was widely known for her antics married her on-off boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil on May 18, 2007 in a secret ceremony in Miami, Florida. Apparently being married did not 'tame' Amy down. Following the increasing popularity, Amy gradually showed her erratic behavior both off and on stage. She was particularly known to cancel gigs at the last minute citing "exhaustion" as the reason. A couple of times she was seen drinking in a pub with her husband after only few hours calling off a concert. Despite the notoriety, her record continued to strike high achievements by being included in the 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize awards along with 11 other U.K. albums. On August 7, following two back-to-back performances at two U.S. festivals, the Virgin Festival in Baltimore and Lollapalooza in Chicago, Amy fainted. Her representative said that she suffered from "extreme exhaustion" while in fact she got her stomach pumped out at London's University College Hospital. It was suspected that she had suffered from drug overdose. She immediately cancelled two-weeks worth of shows in Europe but during her recovery, she self-declared "fine" before finally heading to rehab on August 14.