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Beese told Hit Quarters that he felt the reason behind the excitement, over an artist who was an atypical pop star for the time, was due to a backlash against reality TV music shows, which included audiences starved for fresh, genuine young talent.
Incidentally, she formed a working relationship with producer Salaam Remi through these record publishers.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.Her future A&R representative at Island, Darcus Beese, heard of her by accident when the manager of The Lewinson Brothers showed him some productions of his clients, which featured Winehouse as key vocalist.Produced mainly by Salaam Remi, many songs were influenced by jazz and, apart from two covers, Winehouse co-wrote every song.The album received positive reviews The album entered the upper levels of the UK album chart in 2004 when it was nominated for Brit Awards in the categories of "British Female Solo Artist" and "British Urban Act." It went on to achieve platinum sales.Winehouse hired New York singer Sharon Jones's longtime band, the Dap-Kings, to back her up in the studio and on tour.
Mitch Winehouse relates in Amy, My Daughter how fascinating watching her process was: her perfectionism in the studio and how she would put what she had sung on a CD and play it in his taxi outside to know how most people would hear her music.
In May 2006, Winehouse's demo tracks such as "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab" appeared on Mark Ronson's New York radio show on East Village Radio.
These were some of the first new songs played on the radio after the release of "Pumps" and both were slated to appear on her second album.
Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter.
She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul Winehouse's debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
When he asked who the singer was, the manager told him he was not allowed to say.