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Amy's Yard album to feature young artists supported by Winehouse Foundation

Published 08/09/2015

The album celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Amy Winehouse Foundation
The album celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Amy Winehouse Foundation

The Amy Winehouse Foundation and Island Records will release an album of music made by young people supported by the charity to celebrate the late singer's birthday.

Amy's Yard - The Sessions: Volume 1 will feature 10 tracks recorded in Winehouse's studio by members of Amy's Yard, a mentoring project for talented 18 to 25-year-old Londoners.

It will be released on September 18, four days after Winehouse's birthday. She died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

Mainee Montana, 23, whose song Turn It Up appears on the album, said: "Amy's Yard was a great experience and I learned so much. I got a call out of nowhere telling me my track was going to be featured and I was over the moon about it and I'm excited about all the new things ahead."

Artists were selected from the last two years of Amy's Yard students and have been mentored by producer Urban Monk, who has worked with Lily Allen, Plan B and Mr Hudson.

Darcus Beese, president of Island Records, said: "It's really gratifying to know that Amy continues to influence and inspire young people through her life and music. It's an honour for Island Records to help these emerging talents get their music heard."

The album also celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aims to prevent drug and alcohol misuse in young people.

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