Amy Winehouse’s former producer said the singer had written enough songs for a third album and had plans to form a jazz super group.
In an interview with the Associated Press, music producer Salaam Remi said the singer was waiting to record her third album until she was fully ready to record it, he said in the interview.
“She was taking her time with it,” said Remi, “and at the end of the day all of her songs are somewhat autobiographical, so she had to live through something, then get out of it and then look back at it to be able to write about it.”
She also wanted to form a jazz group with ?uestlove from the Roots on drums and saxophonist Soweto Kinch.
?uestlove played drums on the track “Half Time,” which will appear Winehouse’s posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23. Lioness is scheduled to be released on December 6.
Remi collaborated with Mark Ronson, who had also worked previously with Winehouse, to comb through unreleased songs after the singer’s death to make up the album. The album also will contain the last song the singer recorded, a duet with Tony Bennett called “Body & Soul.” That song was previously released on Bennett’s album Duets II, in September. Lioness also will contain 11 other tracks, one of which was written by Winehouse when she was 18-years-old.
A portion of the proceeds from Lioness will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization set up by the singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse. The foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and support for young people battling addiction and other issues.
The troubled singer’s most recent album was Back to Black, which was released in October 2006 and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year the following year.
On Wednesday morning Amy Winehouse fans had an opportunity to listen to the last song recorded by the late singer when MTV broadcast a duet version of “Body and Soul” sung by Winehouse and Tony Bennett, the jazz legend.
The video and song, according to MTV.com, is the last recording made by Winehouse. It would have been the 28th birthday for the singer on Wednesday.
Bennett said, Amy and I had a wonderful time in the studio recording together. I know she was quite happy with her performance that day. She was brilliant, I thought.
On July 23 Winehouse died. On Monday her father made an appearance on the talk show “Anderson” with Anderson Cooper to discuss his daughter’s death. He believes his daughter died from seizures.
Amy Winehouse, the 27 year old soul diva, passed away and left a treasure trove behind of tracks that were previously unreleased.
The last time Winehouse released any tracks was in 2006 with the release of her album “Back to Black.” However over the last few years she had been working in the studio.
Winehouse earlier this year stated in an interview she would be releasing a third album. However there were no signs of it.
In January 2011 Winehouse said, the album will take at most six months. It would be very similar to my second album, with lots of jukebox stuff. The songs are really just jukebox.
On Thursday the Guardian quoted an anonymous spokesman with close ties with Universal, her record label, who said there was a framework left behind by Winehouse of approximately a dozen songs.
If any songs of Winehouse’s are released a decision will need to be made by her parents in addition to her management company and label.
If Winehouse’s previously unreleased songs do get released, it is expected they will experience brisk sales. Following her death, digital sales in the U.S. her songs have increased during the last week by 2,000 percent.
Meanwhile, two days after the funeral of Winehouse’s took place in north London groups of mourners are still crowding outside her house.
Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home.
The cause of the singer’s death has not yet been confirmed.
The police and ambulance crews were sent to the singer’s Camden flat in north London on Saturday July 23 at around 4 o’clock. However paramedics weren’t able to save Winehouse’s life.
Her battle with drugs and drink are well documented. The last time Winehouse performed a show of hers was last month in Serbia at a festival.
Despite the fact she remained on stage for the entire performance, she appeared to be drunk and got booed from the stage.
After the show, the rest of her comeback European tour was postponed.
On Wednesday July 20 Amy Winehouse was out to show support for Dionne Bromfield, her god-daughter, who was performing in London in the iTunes festival.
It is thought that Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, is flying to London from New York.
“Frank,” Winehouse’s debut album released in 2003 to critical success, was followed up in 2006 with “Back to Black,” her second album produced by Mark Ronson. The set brought Winehouse worldwide stardom and a total of five Grammy Awards.
Despite spending time in the recording studio, she never released a followup.
Fans starting gathering near Winehouse’s London home on Saturday night.
Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world.
Tinchy Stryder on Twitter said, to her friends and family, all my thoughts are going out to you. R.I.P Amy.
This is so sad, said Katy B. The woman was so incredibly talented. My heart hurts, you were such an inspiration. R.I.P. Amy.
Tears are running down my face, said Jessie J. R.I.P. Amy. This is such a loss.
British singer Lily Allen, who reached her success within the same time period as Amy Winehouse, stated that Winehouse’s death was beyond sad. The singer added, there isn’t anything else that can be said. She was a very lost soul. I hope she can now rest in peace.
Just when it seemed Amy Winehouse might be headed towards recovery, everything came crashing down once again.
On Saturday in Serbia the British singer was met with a chorus of boos after her disastrous performance. She showed up late, wandered around onstage aimlessly, forgot lyrics and in general didn’t knock anyone dead.
Winehouse’s backup singers and band tried to fill the blanks in. However, ultimately her lack of singing couldn’t be ignored. She also dropped her microphone apparently.
Representatives for Winehouse canceled her upcoming Athens and Istanbul appearances for next week, stating that Winehouse feels it’s the best thing to do following her recent performance.
The statement said despite wanting to fulfill the commitments, Amy and management have agreed she is unable to perform at her best and is returning home.
The failed performance by Winehouse came only weeks after she had checked out of Priory Clinic right after checking a few days before for treatment.
They tried making her go into rehab. She said yeah, yeah, yeah.
On Wednesday, according to the singer’s rep, Amy Winehouse checked herself into a treatment facility.
According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, the rep said that Winehouse had checked into Priory Clinic’s treatment program. She would like to be prepared for this summer’s European performances. On doctors’ advice, she will stay at the Priory.
In an interview with People magazine, a source who is close to Winehouse said that it was Mitch, Winehouse’s father, who urged her to seek assistance. Her dad sat down with her and told her he thought she was once again drinking too much. She agreed to get an assessment in order to prevent it from becoming a larger problem.
According to several reports, before she checked into Priory Clinic she downed a small bottle of vodka.
A friend told Daily Mail, in Amy’s true style, she had one last hurrah before checking in. She purchased a small bottle of Smirnoff.
This won’t be the first time Winehouse has sought treatment. She checked herself into rehab in January 2008 for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
Winehouse has a string of European performances scheduled starting on June 18. They include visits to Romania, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Greece and Serbia.