Thursday, November 17, 2011

Amy Winehouse Finished Writing Songs for Third LP, Planned Jazz Album With ?uestlove

Billboard has posted an article which speaks on the fact that Amy had plans to do an alternative album but sadly passed away before the album became a reality. While working on the current album Salaam and I spoke about the project and the song "Halftime" featuring Amy on vocals and guitar, Salaam on bass, ?uestlove on drums and James Poyser on keys gives you an idea of what the project might have sounded like.

Here are some excerpts from the article:
"Amy Winehouse had written all the songs that were to appear on her third album. She even picked out song titles."

"Music producer Salaam Remi said the soul singer, who died over the summer, was not rushing to release that new material, instead planning to drop a jazz album first with a "supergroup" including ?uestlove of the Roots. ?uestlove did make the new album, though. He appears on the track "Half Time."" (one of my favorites on the album. I really enjoyed mixing the song. Salaam, ?uestlove and James Poyser did impeccable work on it.)
Remi, who worked on the singer's two albums, "Frank" and "Back to Black," produced most of the upcoming CD, saying Winehouse was a perfectionist when it came to composing music.
"She was taking her time with it, 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," he said.

"Remi has produced for the Fuguees, Nas, Jazmine Sullivan and Nelly Furtado. He produced the song "Block Party" from TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Winehouse sought him out after hearing the track. Remi says that Winehouse usually wrote songs while playing the guitar and that the new album sounds just as good as her critically acclaimed predecessors."

Read the entire article here.