From Dionne Bromfield to Plan B, Lana Del Rey. We'd have none if not for Amy
Michael Baggs
11:32 23rd July 2012

On 23 July, 2011, the world lost a true soul star when Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home aged 27. Alcohol was eventually blamed after an inquiry into her death.

Amy recorded just two full studio albums and released only nine solo singles while alive, but her status as an artist is one of history. Her success was so great, and sound so unique, that she has inspired a generation of artists and brought classic soul sounds back to the music mainstream.

Indeed, without Amy's influence we'd have no Adele, Plan B may never have recorded 'The Defamation Of Strickland Banks' and Lana Del Rey may never have pouted her way into our hearts with her 'Video Games' and 'National Anthem'.

In tribute to Amy Winehouse, check out the artists she inspired to greatness.

  • Paloma Faith: The quirky UK star has been (perhaps unfairly) considered something of an Amy knock-off, with a similar vocal style and retro influences. In fact, Amy once asked Paloma to be hear backing singer - which she wisely declined. However, her success in 2012 with single 'Picking Up The Pieces' and second album 'Fall To Grace', Faith has established herself as a soul talent in her own right.

  • Plan B ('Strickland Banks' era): Before Ben Drew was thrilling the middle classes with his 'Defamation Of Strickland Banks' album, he was known for hard-edged hip hop which his new album, 'Ill Manors' only hints at. Of course, in the interim between his debut and the record that made him a household name, Amy released 'Back To Black' - and his 'Strickland Banks' album is the closest record to rival her second, epic album in scope, soul and success.

  • Adele: The quite-successful UK star credits Amy Winehouse directly with the success of her career in a tribute shortly after Amy's death in 2011. "Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing," said Adele. "I don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming."

  • Dionne Bromfield: Too young when she made her 2009 debut (a 13-year-old soul singer was a tough one to buy into), but Amy's Goddaughter proved her worth and highlighted her own potential with her assured 2011 second album, 'Good For The Soul'. Mentored by Amy, Dionne's soul sound mixes vintage soul sounds with an innocent spark and sense of teenage freedom. A future star - given the right material and continued mentoring.

  • Lana Del Rey: While the style and location may be an ocean apart, there's no denying Amy's influence on the biggest female star of 2012. What Amy did in bringing retro soul sounds back to the mainstream at her peak, Lana has done with Americana and US icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Sinatra.

  • Rebecca Ferguson: X Factor had to 'do an Amy', and in Ferguson - they did it well. Fortunate to escape the curse of winning the 2010 show, the Liverpool singer has scored huge success in the UK and is now repeating it in America. She's even got a behive these days...

  • Maverick Sabre: Another newcomer for 2012, Sabre's debut album Lonely Are The Brave drips with Amy Winehouse influences, and has even drawn comparisons as 'the male Amy Winehouse' with his retro-soul style. Lonely Are The Brave shares the same Amy themes of heartbreak, but mixed with an edgy street vibe heard in Winehouse's music.

  • Lianne La Havas: This year's UK soul discovery, Lianne La Havas shares the same intimacy in her songwriting - not to mention the same classic R&B influences in her music. La Havas blends similar soul, rock and jazz influences heard in Amy's music on her debut album 'Is Your Love Big Enough', which hit No.2 in July, 2012.

  • Duffy: Her star may have waned now, but Duffy remains one of the biggest earning UK solo musicians, thanks to her 2008 debut album 'Rockferry'. The UK - and wider world - never knew it needed a Welsh alternative to Amy Winehouse, but (at the time) boy did they lap it up!

  • Lily Allen: Amy and Lily are the biggest voices in pop when it comes to singing the praises of their hometown. Both artists have celebrated all-things London during their careers, both performing with the same knowing glint in their eye and tongue in their cheek.


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