Life-size Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in north London

 

Amy Winehouse

A life-size bronze statue of singer Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in Camden, north London.

The event, three years after her death, fell on what would have been her 31st birthday.

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, said she was “in love with Camden” and it is the place fans most associate with her.

Created by sculptor Scott Eaton, the statue features the Back to Black star with her hand on hip and her trademark beehive hairdo.

Amy’s parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse attended the unveiling of the statue

Fans and relatives gathered for the unveiling in Camden’s Stable Market, where it will be a permanent memorial to the singer.

London-based Mr Eaton, who sculpted the piece after being introduced to Ms Winehouse’s father Mitch, said the statue was meant to capture her “attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity”.

“The hand on the hip, the turn of the head, the grabbing of the skirt, the turned in foot – these are all small elements that contribute to the personality of the piece,” he said.

Mr Winehouse said seeing the statue was “incredibly emotional” adding that its creator had “done an amazing job in capturing her”.

“It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time,” he added. “We really hope Amy’s fans love the statue.”

The singer died at her home in 2011 at the age of 27.

She had previously struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. The inquest into her death found she died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

Her family has since set up a foundation in her name to help young people with problems including addiction.

Article Source: BBC.com

Amy Winehouse sculpture to take centre stage in north London market

Written By: Hannah Ellis-Petersen

A sculpture to commemorate Amy Winehouse is to be unveiled at Camden market, near the singer’s last home.

The memorial, which has been designed by Scott Eaton, will be a life-size brass sculpture of Winehouse and will stand at the centre of the Stables market, a short walk from the townhouse where the 27-year-old died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

The jazz and blues singer was a much-loved and commonly sighted figure in the north London borough and her father, Mitch Winehouse, said he could not think of anywhere more appropriate for a memorial for his daughter.

“I had a meeting with Camden council and they told me they don’t usually allow statues until 20 years after someone has died, but in Amy’s case they made an exception,” he said.

“It’s a great honour to have the statue in the Stables. Amy was an integral part of Camden and still is, so you couldn’t really think of putting a statue for her anywhere else, could you really?”

The statue will be unveiled on September 14, which would have been the singer’s 31st birthday. Initially it was to be located at Camden Roundhouse, but it was decided to move the sculpture to the Stables for greater accessibility.

Winehouse’s mother Janis and brother Alex, as well as several of her close friends, have been involved in the design, which will feature her distinctive beehive hairstyle as well as information on donating to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was formed after her death and works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.

Winehouse’s father described the unveiling of the statue as a “bittersweet moment”. He said: “Of course it’s a double-edged sword, because they don’t put statues up of people who are still with us.”

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The 3rd Annual JMJ Back 2 School Giveaway

Erik “Shake” James and CLICKS is proud to present the
3rd Annual JMJ Back 2 School Giveaway
Community Event to be held Saturday, August 16, 2013, in Memory of Jam Master Jay
Free school supplies, T-Shirts, sneakers and food for kids! Celebrity Appearances and more!

(August 10, 2014 Milwaukee, WI): The 3rd Annual JMJ Back 2 School Giveaway sponsored by CLICKS will be held on Saturday, August 16th from 1-4pm at 4923 West Villard Avenue in Milwaukee. CLICKS is a new Adidas store opening in the area and owned by Erik “Shake” James, a close friend to music legend Jam Master Jay (JMJ) from Run-DMC, and this annual event is a way for Shake to honor Jay’s memory. In the past years Shake’s Three Stripe Barber & Beauty had sponsored but this year it will be held in a different location due to construction.
During the event, Shake will be giving away school supplies that he has purchased along with donated food, T-shirts, book bags and sneakers to kids from the community. Kids must be present to participate and receive any of the free items.

“We still miss him terribly,” says Shake, “but we keep it positive and try to live our lives the way he lived his- by helping others. With this event we work to do something good for my community in Jay’s name. Last year was our second event. We were able to distribute over 100 free book bags, Adidas sneakers and socks. This year we’ve added Adidas socks. Walkerwear T-shirts, Solepacks and items from GIII by Carl Banks to give the kids. The book bags will be filled with school supplies, pencils papers, folders, crayons, rulers, glue and calculators but kids have to be present in order to receive any free items.”

Jam Master Jay’s band mate Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures. Mayor Barrett and Alderman Willie Wade are both expected to attend.

Adidas has been a big supporter. They were the first to sponsor Run-DMC and has continued to support the group and JMJ’s legacy through various campaigns and donations to the JMJ Foundation. Adidas is asking that people attending JMJ Back 2 School Giveaway (and fans of Jam Master Jay’s from across the world who are not able to attend) take part in the event by tweeting #CLICKS .

Jam Master Jay (JMJ), born Jason Mizell, together with Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels helped forever change the world through the music, fashion and culture of Run-DMC. They sold over 20 million albums and were the first group in hip hop to achieve platinum sales status, top the billboard pop charts, have a video on MTV and grace the cover of Rolling Stone, just to name a few. Jam Master Jay was murdered on October 30, 2002 in a Queens, NY. In 2009, he as a member of Run-DMC was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Shake intends to hold this event every year. Anyone looking to help sponsor future events is encouraged to contact him at missujay2@aol.com

Press Contact: Tracey Miller, TMA, Inc. 609-383-2323, ext.11/ tracey@tmapublicity.com

Amy Winehouse project comes to South Yorkshire schools

A charity set up following the death of Amy Winehouse has been rolled out to schools across South Yorkshire.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has joined forces with charity Addaction to roll out a five-year drink and drugs education project to secondary schools.

The five-year project is to visit up to 50 secondary schools with the addiction charity Addaction, organisers said.

The foundation is named after the soul singer, who died in July 2011, aged 27 after drinking too much alcohol.

The programme will see volunteers, who have previously abused substances, help pupils to talk openly about problems with drugs and alcohol.

Amy’s father, Mitch, revealed plans to set up a foundation in his daughter’s name at her funeral.

The project was awarded a grant of £4.3m from the Big Lottery Fund.

 

Article Source: BBC.com

Mother of Amy Winehouse welcomes drug and alcohol initiative in Bournemouth schools

THE MOTHER of pop star, Amy Winehouse is hailing a new drug and alcohol awareness initiative coming to Bournemouth secondary schools.

Janis Winehouse spoke to the Daily Echo about The Amy Winehouse Foundation teaming up with the charity, Addaction, to educate students, teachers and parents about the underlying emotional wellbeing issues connected to substance misuse.

Teachers, through the Resilience Programme, will be helped to better identify and work with students at risk, to improve attendance at school, increase attainment and build resilience to peer pressure, with assistance from recovering addicts.

Janis says that not only does this teach the young people about addiction, but it also helps those in recovery get back into work.

She said: “These people will be able to tell it like it is and this is where it brings it home.

She added: “The foundation is giving these people the opportunity of employment and the chance to turn their lives around. It is the first step back into real life.

“We are really grateful for the support of Dominic Ruffey and Jane Winehouse, who are the people who have driven this forward. We are also so glad to have been given the £4.25million grant from the Big Lottery, which was specifically given to deliver the programme in 10 locations across the country.

“Taking drugs is a frightening route [in life] and both myself and Mitchell (Amy’s dad) know what can happen.

“We are both so fiercely proud of the foundation and what it is doing.”

A welcome-to-all launch event is being held this Monday, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, at R Hub, Unit 1, Station Approach, off Ashley Road in Boscombe.

Then, on Tuesday, July 1, a volunteer recruitment morning takes place at the same location, from 11am to 1pm, aimed at those within the recovery community who wish to help deliver professional drug and alcohol education.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up in memory of the singing superstar who tragically passed away in July 2011, to help young people with varying levels of need.

For more information, contact Anna Elston, Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme co-ordinator for Bournemouth, on 07538 051204 or email a.elston@amywinehousefoundation.org

Article Source: bournemouthecho.co.uk

Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels Honored with 2014 Garden of Dreams Hero Award

by BWW News Desk

The Garden of Dreams Foundation announced today that legendary artist and Garden of Dreams Foundation board member, Darryl McDaniels, is the recipient of the 2014 Garden of Dreams Hero Award. Established in 2009, the Hero Award honors one person or organization annually that embodies the spirit of the Garden of Dreams Foundation through an active and ongoing dedication to positively impacting the lives of children facing obstacles, while serving as a driving force and inspiration for others.

Darryl exemplifies these values with his extraordinary commitment to several children’s organizations including the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which he joined in 2010. Darryl’s tireless involvement in a number of the Foundation’s programs has created joy for hundreds of children. This includes his important contribution to one of the Foundation’s signature events — the Garden of Dreams Talent Show. In 2012, after taking part in the show in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Darryl was named the show’s Creative Director and since then has participated in numerous auditions and rehearsals, inspiring hundreds of talented children to pursue their dreams.

“We are honored to present the 2014 Hero Award to Darryl, who exemplifies what the Garden of Dreams stands for with his enthusiastic dedication to brightening the lives of children,” said Hank Ratner, Chairman of the Board, Garden of Dreams Foundation. “The Garden of Dreams Talent Show is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the more than 100 children that participate and as the Creative Director of the Talent Show, Darryl motivates and supports children facing enormous obstacles to live their dream of performing on the Great Stage at Radio City. His personal commitment to Garden of Dreams is an inspiration to us all and we thank him for being such an outstanding representative for the Foundation.”

Past recipients of the Garden of Dreams Hero Award include New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, tennis legend Andre Agassi and Rangers great Adam Graves.

“I am honored to have been chosen to receive the Garden of Dreams Hero Award,” said McDaniels. “But this really isn’t about me; it’s about the kids who inspire me each and every day. I am lucky to be able to work one-on-one with such talented, strong individuals. I can’t wait to see the incredible performances at this year’s show and look forward to another remarkable and uplifting evening.”

Since its inception in 2006, Garden of Dreams has worked closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, to create thousands of unique and memorable experiences, including 500 events in the past year alone, to brighten the lives of more than 250,000 tri-state area children and their families.

Garden of Dreams strives to be heroic, inspirational and unforgettable – all attributes of the children the Foundation has had the privilege to meet over the course of its history. Partnering with a diverse collection of outstanding children’s related organizations, including hospitals, foster organizations, homeless shelters and “wish” organizations, the Garden of Dreams Foundation has a singular goal each and every day – to utilize the power and magic of The Madison Square Garden Company and its properties to bring joy and happiness to children facing obstacles – whether they relate to illness, homelessness, poverty, foster care issues or tragedy.

The 2014 Garden of Dreams Hero Award will be presented to McDaniels at the Talent Show on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Radio City Music Hall. This year’s Talent Show will feature more than 100 children from 14 Garden of Dreams partner organizations. For one memorable evening in front of their family and friends, the children, ages 6-18, will perform with emotion and passion, forgetting their problems and celebrating their unique voices and talents.

For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the programs it run, and the children it serves, please visit www.GardenofDreamsFoundation.org.

CAMDEN: Mayor’s fundraising success

Rock n roll mayor and mayoress celebrate year of fundraising for Amy Winehouse Foundation…

Camden the North London borough that was home to Amy Winehouse, has seen a year of fundraising from its music loving mayor and mayoress…
Camden’s Mayor, Councillor Jonathan Simpson, is celebrating the end of a year of fundraising, raising over £70,000 for his chosen charity, the Amy Winehouse Foundation…

Mitch Winehouse of the Amy Winehouse Foundation has praised Camden’s mayor and mayoress for their year of fundraising that raised tens of thousands of GBP for the charity…

The foundation set up in 2011 by the family of Amy Winehouse, following the singer’s death, has gone on to generate considerable funds for her favourite causes, supporting vulnerable young people including homeless youngsters.

The mayor’s reign that ends on June 11, has included a number of fundraising events, such as organising a month long festival in Camden to raise awareness of the charity’s work, whilst celebrating what would have been the singer’s 30th birthday in September…

In addition Mayoress Marcella Puppini, founder member of the group the Puppini Sisters, performed at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala which raised a further £250,000 for the charity…

Other achievements include support for more than 3,000 young people across secondary schools in the borough receiving drug and alcohol awareness education from the foundation, during a pilot programme that will now be extended nationally with assistance from Lottery funding…

Mitch Winehouse says: “It has been a wonderful and eventful year working with Jonathan Simpson, we were so honoured to be chosen as his charity, and we are truly grateful for his tireless and generous support over this last year.

“Not only has he helped us to raise a significant amount of money to continue our work with vulnerable young people, but has also helped us to raise the profile of the Amy Winehouse Foundation across Camden and beyond…”

Councillor Simpson says: “The work of the Amy Winehouse Foundation will help transform lives of young people throughout the UK.

“Amy’s legacy is not just her amazing musical talents but also the support that the charity gives to thousands in need. It has been a roller-coaster year but I am exceptionally proud to have achieved so much…”

March also saw Mayor Simpson and Mitch Winehouse launch Camden Music Works, a music apprenticeship scheme run in partnership with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Camden Council, Westminster Kingsway College and Camden into Enterprise…

The scheme helps young people who are not in full-time employment, education or training with skills and experience to support them into a career in music…

 

Article Source: Xperedon.com

Housing Works Hosts Benefit Concert with Rebecca Pidgeon

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor

On April 18, British singer/songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon will present “Live From Home: An Evening with Rebecca Pidgeon,” a benefit concert for Housing Works, an organization that raises funds for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. The event will be followed by a conversation and Q&A led by Clara Mamet of “The Neighbors” fame, to discuss Pidgeon’s new album, “Blue Dress On.”

“It’s the first time I’ve produced my own album since I was a kid,” says Pidgeon, a veteran recording artist who co-produced “Blue Dress On” with guitarist Tim Young. “Not since Ruby Blue.”

“Blue Dress On” takes a marked turn from her acclaimed 2012 album “Slingshot.” The British singer-songwriter and stage and screen actress sees the 13-track set as charting a new direction while at the same time returning her to her musical roots in Ruby Blue, an English folk rock/pop band active in the late ’80s/early ’90s.

Pidgeon left the group in 1990, to further a solo career and pursue an acting career, and to be with playwright David Mamet, whom she married in 1991 after starring in his play “Speed-the-Plow” at London’s National Theatre.

Her solo recording career commenced in 1994 with the release of her solo debut album “The Raven.” “Slingshot” was her sixth solo effort, and she considered it a creative breakthrough.

“I reached a point where I felt I had to take my singing more seriously and really make a 100 percent commitment to it, instead of saying this is something I do that’s not acting,” Pidgeon, said at the time. “I finally said to myself, ’I am a singer.’”

Although the deeply melodic “Slingshot” was centered on Pidgeon’s ideas of “simplicity, air and space,” she takes a different tack in “Blue Dress On.”

“It sounds a bit more live, like a band,” she said, “more electric and rough around the edges. I was on the road quite a bit last year with Tim supporting Marc Cohn and ’Slingshot,’” she continues. “But I’m always creating, thinking about the next record, mulling it over and collecting songs and thinking about where I want to go with it. For this one, I wanted to have a different kind of sound than the more gentle sounds on Slingshot, and I got a bit more experimental, with sounds like those on the indie sound records I grew up with — Adam and the Ants, Siouxsie and the Banshees, early Kate Bush — that kind of British indie sound.”

Hear all about it when 19-year-old actress Mamet moderates this Q&A with Pidgeon about her new album, including the final cover song co-written by David Batteau and David Mamet, who penned a “talk-verse.”

The event will raise funds for Housing Works, a volunteer-run organization that donates 100 percent of profits to provide housing, healthcare, job training and advocacy.

“Live From Home: An Evening with Rebecca Pidgeon,” will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 18 at Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St. btw Houston and Prince St. Tickets are $15 and available at
http://www.housingworks.org/events/detail/live-from-home-an-evening-with-rebecca-pidgeon/.

Article Source: Edgeonthenet.com