Mitch Winehouse says listening to his late daughter Amy Winehouse’s new album was “very emotional”. The former taxi driver and his ex-wife Janis had to approve the posthumous LP ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ before it could be released and Mitch admits it wasn’t easy to hear his daughter sing again following her sudden death in July at the age of 27. He told UK TV show ‘Daybreak’: “The estate, which I’m a part of – my ex-wife and I – we could decide to put it out or not put it out, and when we went to listen to the album it was a very difficult time for us.
“It was very emotional. But we had to sit through it and after the first couple of songs we sort of calmed down a little bit.
“Our son was there as well and we all had to be in agreement that the album was of the same quality or better, in fact, than ‘Frank’ and ‘Back to Black’, and we were more than pleasantly surprised.”
The album is made up of several original songs and some cover versions and was put together and co-produced by Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson – who produced her ‘Back to Black’ LP – after they listened to thousands of hours of vocals recorded by the singer.
Part of the proceeds from the record will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up by her father in the wake of her death from alcohol poisoning to help young people struggling with addiction problems.
Mitch recently admitted he finds it to hard to watch the music video to her song ‘Our Day Will Come’ – a cover of Ruby and the Romantics’ 1963 single, recorded in 2002 – which contains archive footage of his daughter.
He tweeted: “I just almost watched Amy’s ‘Our Day Will Come’ video. She is so lovely.”
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