Thank you for your gifts, Amy.

The lovely and talented Amy Winehouse passed away yesterday, July 23rd, 2011, at the young age of 27. This isn’t news; this is a tribute to Amy and the opportunity High Voltage had to work with her in 2007.

Amy made her debut at SXSW in 2007 showcasing her soon-to-be #1 hit “Rehab”. Having been hired by Island Records UK to do some grassroots marketing for their artists that year, we (High Voltage) hit the pavement in Austin, TX with various marketing materials trying to get as many people as possible to Island’s BBQ/party at Bourbon Street on 6th. Amy had a presence about her, she wasn’t quite at her peak of “insanity” (as media might label it) yet but you could tell she was troubled. She was shy and reserved, but very sharp. I remember her having a larger than life aura that I couldn’t look away from, my eyes were constantly drawn to wherever she was in the room (on or off stage)… she was already a star.

Another thing I loved about Amy was her sultry voice. It’s no hidden fact that I’m not a huge fan of the female vocal – but I couldn’t get enough of Amy’s voice. Her, Janis Joplin, Peggy Lee and Norah Jones all steal me away. Her musical gifts will go down in history and be forever treasured.

Thanks for the inspiration, talent, and solid recordings Amy. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.

P.S. Here’s a video from that SXSW performance I referred to above at Bourbon Street. I would’ve embedded it, but Island disabled the option: Amy Winehouse – Back to Black – SXSW 2007 Island Records BBQ