It seems that no one could properly predict how Amy Winehouse would affect the future of music following her departure. When she came through, her barreling vocals and easygoing melodies along with the trail of wholesome lyrics changed the ways of music indefinitely. Though it’s never easy for another country’s artist to make it big any place other than their home, Winehouse’s British wave was felt internationally and her legacy will withstand the test of time. Her old-fashioned sound with an avant-garde take on today’s music–unlike anyone else’s in the industry–was something people had never heard before.
Americans really took a liking to her music, and it paved the way for many other British females to topple the charts just as Amy did. This hasn’t happened for some forty years, since the days of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, where British beats were internationally recognized. It’s awesome that all of them cite Winehouse as an influence, because how could they not? They have the woman to thank for a system that’s been accustomed to the exciting and warm European flare. Take a look at six fabulous females who followed her lead as their music made its way aboard the U.S. charts just as Amy Winehouse’s did:
Though her success aligned around the same time as Amy’s, she still may have Wino’s groundbreaking tracks to thank for an easy glide into the early part of her career. Songs like “Unwritten” and “Pocketful of Sunshine” really jived with American audiences. She has a girl-next-door look to her that potentially wouldn’t have been recognized had it not been for Winehouse’s breakthrough on American soil just because she might’ve just blended in amongst her contenders. But because of Amy, it turns out that Bedingfield’s British edge set her apart from others in her field.
Most recently, American charts have embraced the likes of Jessie J, a young singer with a busty set of pipes and a head of sleek black hair. She shares an iconic look and an insane vocal ability with her predecessor, earning herself a lot of buzz for her talents. Jessie J’s success happened quickly, like Winehouse’s, becoming the house performer at the 2011 Video Music Awards without any top ten singles to her name–but still rocking it with a broken foot. This woman is just as promising as Winehouse was in her early days. Let’s hope she stays on the right track to her continued greatness.
Giving the most credit to her inspirations, singer Adele was quoted saying “Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about british music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing.” This is where Adele credited her lighthearted take on her public opinion, taking every road block with a grain of salt and brushing the headlines off her shoulders every single time. They are similar in style, tossing past influences into their musical mixings as well as their looks. Adele is the Amy Winehouse of the 2K generation, and we couldn’t be more thankful for her continuance of Amy’s grace.
Florence Welch of UK’s indie-pop group Florence + The Machine seems to have taken the soulful steam from Amy Winehouse’s trail and channeled it into her own music. The two presented their bad-girl edginess in an innovative fashion that was new and interesting to our Western contemporary scene. There’s a certain spark that’s carried in the energy of these British women that can’t be explained–saucy yet sophisticated; fascinating yet fabulous–and Florence carries it just like Winehouse did, helping further her lasting imprint in the ways of music forever.
This woman’s vocal style is quite similar to Amy’s, very raw and raspy but with an undeniable talent. Their energy, sent from overseas, is old-fashioned and passionate, and both women sing about great pastimes as well as rebellious musings. Duffy is the blonde Amy Winehouse, and the Baby Spice of her own era. Winehouse paid her a favor in bringing attention back to Eastern influences, reminding Americans that Europeans do it just as well, if not better. Duffy simply reinforces that.
The youngest budding star from Great Britain is just starting to make the rounds in America and gather steam. Her soft glow is a greatly enjoyable quality and it makes her music sparkle with every word. She channels Winehouse’s free energy and projects it to a more young contemporary generation, proving with songs like “Starry Eyed” that there is still room for great diversity among women in Pop music. She even shows pride in her country’s music with her own take on Elton John‘s “Your Song,” which is a sweet and gentle addition to her debut album Lights. Goulding’s gliding wave of early success gives us hope that British energy is sure to continue to be embraced for years to come.