Amy Winehouse demo recorded by the singer at age 17 surfaces online


A rare Amy Winehouse demo, recorded when the singer was just 17, has resurfaced online this week. The track is called “My Own Way,” and was uploaded by a London producer named Gil Cang, who co-wrote it with James McMillan. It was used by Winehouse to attract label interest before she eventually signed with Island in 2003, the Guardian reports. “We’d been writing quite a lot of pop tunes, doing a lot of pop promos with various artists who would come in, many of various, dubious talent,” Cang tells the Camden New Journal. “It was at a particularly dire time in the pop world — lots of terrible, terrible girl bands and boy bands and we had to make something for them. Amy came in to see us, opened her mouth and just blew us all away.” After Winehouse’s July 2011 death, at the age of 27, a posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, was released. But the comp flopped, and the label destroyed the remainder of Winehouse’s unfinished demos. But Cang feels this one should be heard. “I’ve had it knocking about for so long,” he says. “I found it again last week and thought — I’ll put it out there so people could hear it.” Featured image via “You Know I’m No Good” screengrab.