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Mitch Winehouse to visit the  LauraLynn Children’s Hospice

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Between now and the end of the year, the Amy Winehouse Foundation will be donating to LauraLynn House the euro equivalent of £1 for every copy of Amy’s new album that is sold in Ireland. We are hoping that this will raise a great deal of money to help them with their work.
 
“Having recently visited and supported several children’s hospices in the UK, we greatly admire the incredible work that these organisations carry out”, said Mr Winehouse.
 
LauraLynn House was officially opened in September this year and is the first children’s hospice in Ireland. We are delighted to be supporting them and we are really looking forward to our visit this week, so we can see firsthand the work that is being done and also hopefully meet some of families that are being helped there”.
 
CEO Philomena Dunne of the Children’s Sunshine Home said, “like many of the families, we support Mitch Winehouse and his family who sadly know the pain of losing a child. With the help of organisations like ours we can help sick children and their families to enjoy quality time together in a home-from-home like LauraLynn House whilst ensuring they receive the best available medical care. Be it something as simple as a night’s sleep, respite or end of life care – as every family’s needs are different. We are very grateful for the wonderful support the Amy Winehouse Foundation and Universal Music are giving to LauraLynn House this Christmas”.

LauraLynn Childrens Hospice

Vote Amy for ‘Celebrity of the Year 2011’

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A poll conducted by the Metro newspaper asks readers to vote for their favourite celebrity of 2011.

We’re asking you to pay tribute to Amy and help her win the poll. It’s very quick and easy: simply visit this page, click on the picture of Amy and then hit the vote button to cast your vote!

You could also tweet this to your friends. Simply click the tweet button below:

or you can copy and paste the the tweet here:

Vote for @AmyWinehouse as @MetroUK’s Celebrity of the Year 2011 @AmysFoundation #amywinehouse http://goo.gl/kcvNS via @Metro_Showbiz

Amy’s Back to Black dress goes to auction

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The original dress worn by Amy on the cover of ‘Back to Black’ will go on sale at auction on November 29th 2011. All proceeds raised by the sale will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Amy Winehouse Back to Black

Information on the auction:

Sold in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation The Disaya printed chiffon dress worn by Amy Winehouse for the cover of `Back to Black’, 2006, with engraved gilt metal Disaya label, the short dress printed with bands of graduated dark-red polka dots, the corset-like bodice with under-wiring and central lace bow insertion and waistband, elasticated puff-ball skirt, UK size 8, bust approx 82-86cm, 32-34in, the high waist 71cm, 28in; together with a letter of authenticity signed by the designer – Disaya, (2) Provenance: In 2006, the young St Martins trained, Thai based designer Disaya was approached by her British PR agent with a request for the loan of a dress for Miss Winehouse’s photo-shoot. This request came via his friend – Louise Winwood who was Amy’s stylist at the time and was working on the album cover project for Universal Island Records. Although this was Amy Winehouse’s second album (she was re-launching her career after a break) there was reluctance on the part of many of the leading fashion designers initially approached to assist. However, Disaya was happy to help as she was launching her new label in the UK and felt that the young, innovative designs would be a good match. The photo-shoot took place in the photographer Mischa Richter’s house. Louise took over a selection of clothes for Amy to try, and they both agreed that this dress suited her best. After the photo-shoot the dress was returned to the designer and carefully stored in the Disaya archive. The album went on to sell over 3.2 million copies. In the light of Amy’s untimely death Disaya has decided that rather than keep the dress stored away, that it should be sold and the money raised used by the Amy Winehouse Foundation to benefit young people in need in the UK and overseas. The image of Amy Winehouse is copyrighted to Mischa Richter/Universal Island Records.

You can join the auction here: www.kerrytaylorauctions.com

Gala Charity Variety Show raises £672.52

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Mitch Winehouse performed at A Gala Charity Variety Show featuring A Tribute To Amy Winehouse with a number of Amy’s Greatest Hits, to salute Amy’s remarkable achievements and success. The variety show included a star studded cast of amazing singers, jugglers, magicians and dancers. All proceeds from the gala on October 30th at the Bloomsbury Theatre will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.So far the event has raised £672.52. Everyone at the AWF would like to say a big thank you to everyone that came along to support on the evening and made generous donations for the Foundation, and a special thank you to Stanley Blum for organising the event, and to Megan Goodwin and the Dirty Truth for their performances.

Lioness: Hidden Treasures Announcement

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Today it’s been announced that on the 5th December, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures“, the third album from Amy Winehouse, without question one of the most talented, original, and best loved artists to emerge in popular music for decades, will be released through Island Records.

Following her tragic passing in July, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi,  spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of “Frank” and “Back To Black”.  It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.

The 12 song collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions, and has been compiled by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy’s family, management and record label Island Records. “Lioness : Hidden Treasures” proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman and serves as a reminder of Amy’s extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.

The full track-listing is as follows:

“Our Day Will Come (Reggae Version)” – reggae re-working of classic 60’s Doo-Wop song produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded May 2002.

“Between The Cheats” – new Amy composition recorded in London in May 2008 for potential inclusion on album three produced by Salaam Remi.

“Tears Dry” – originally written by Amy as a ballad, this is the original version she recorded in November 2005 in Miami with Salaam. The later uptempo version  appears on “Back To Black”.

“Wake Up Alone” – the first song recorded for the “Back To Black” sessions. This is the one-take demo recorded in March 2006 by Paul O’Duffy.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” – Amy’s beautiful reading of the Carole King written Shirelles classic. Produced by Mark Ronson and featuring the Dap Kings with string arrangements by Chris Elliott who did all the strings for Mark’s tracks on “Back To Black”. Recorded in September 2004.

“Valerie” – one of Amy’s jukebox favourites. This is the original slower tempo version of the Mark Ronson produced post “Back To Black” single. Recorded in December 2006.

 “Like Smoke” featuring NAS  – Amy and Nas became really good friends after Amy name checked the New York rapper on “Back To Black’s” “Me & Mr Jones”.  “Like Smoke” is finally Amy doing a song with one of her favourite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.

“The Girl From Ipanema” – the first song the 18 year old Amy sang when she first went to Miami to record with Salaam. Salaam remarked that “the way she re-interpreted this bossa nova classic made me realise that I was dealing with a very special talent. Her approach to the song was so young and fresh, it really inspired the rest of our sessions.” Recorded in May 2002.

Halftime” Amy had talked to Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson of the Roots about working together. “Halftime” is a song that Amy and Salaam had worked on since the Frank sessions.  The result is beautiful. Recorded in August 2002.

Best Friends” – “Frank” era live set opener produced by Salaam Remi. Probably the first song that early Amy fans would have heard live. Recorded in February 2003.

 “Body & Soul” with Tony Bennett – cover of 30’s jazz standard with hero Tony Bennett. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London in March 2011 and produced by Phil Ramone. Amy’s final studio recording.

“A Song For You” – heartbreaking and emotional version of the Leon Russell classic made famous by Donny Hathaway. Hathaway was Amy’s all-time favourite artist and the song was recorded in one take, just Amy and her guitar, at her home in London during the spring of 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.

Speaking about the album Amy’s father Mitch had this to say:

“I spent so much time chasing after Amy, telling her off that I never realized what a true genius she was. It wasn’t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of Amy’s talent, from jazz standards to hip hop songs, it really took my breath away. “Halftime”, I’d never heard before, is just incredibly beautiful. If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of “Frank” and “Back To Black” we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy ‘s musical legacy.”-

Mitch Winehouse

Charity Gala Variety Show featuring A Tribute To Amy Winehouse

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On 30th Oct, Showbiz For Variety is proud to present Mitch Winehouse in A Gala Charity Variety Show featuring A Tribute To Amy Winehouse with a number of Amy’s Greatest Hits, to salute Amy’s remarkable achievements and success. The variety show includes a star studded cast of amazing singers, jugglers, magicians and dancers, not to be missed. All proceeds go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

October 30th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0AH
Advance tickets cost £25, please call the Box Office on 020 7388 8822

Donations received at the Royal Albert Hall

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We would like to say a huge thank you to all the Matt Goss and Mitch Winehouse fans who kindly donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation on Friday night at the Royal Albert Hall.

We  collected £1428 and would like to say an extra thank you to all the bucket wielding volunteers who helped us collect the generous donations.

Watch Amy In The Studio With Tony Bennett

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Amy’s final recording, a duet with her hero Tony Bennett titled “Body and Soul”, was released by Columbia Records on Wednesday 14th September 2011, on what would have been Amy’s 28th birthday, in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The song was recorded in March of 2011 at Abbey Road Studios in London for Tony Bennett’s Duets II album. You can watch clips of the video of Amy and Tony singing ‘Body & Soul’ along with an interview of Amy below…

Mitch On CNN With Piers Morgan Sept 13th

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Piers Morgan’s prime time exclusive interview with Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, aired Tuesday Sept 13 at 9pmET/PT. Mitch opened up about her drug and alcohol use. “I was concerned, but I could draw on the experiences that we had with the recovery from the drugs,” Winehouse said. “What she did as far as the drugs were concerned was incredible.”

While Amy had stopped taking drugs, Mitch says she continued drinking. “She would drink for two or three weeks and then she would detox for two or three weeks, and that’s the worst thing,” he said. “Her doctor…said if this behavior continued – the binge drinking then the detoxing – that could lead to seizures that could ultimately lead to death.”