July 23, 2012 22:12

Producer Salaam Remi speaks on the anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death

The late singer's producer says that 'she left behind inspiration'

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Amy Winehouse's producer, Salaam Remi, has spoken out on the first anniversary of her death.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Remi - who worked on 'Frank' and 'Back to Black' as well as the album that Winehouse was working on at the time of her death - explained that the singer was an inspirational force.

He said: "Over this last year of looking at Amy Winehouse and what's going on there, what I felt was that it wasn't even songs that she left behind. She left behind inspiration."

He added: "She will inspire another generation and another set of people. She might have collectively 20 or 30 songs that she's released for her actual recording career but I feel that she inspired many other artists to now dig back into her artistry. She was inspired by Ms Dynamite, by Ella Fitzgerald, by Donna Washington, by Lauryn Hill, all these other things and people that she'd never met, and mashed it to make who she was. So now she will continue in that same idea of inspiring other people."

Remi also works with Nas - pictured right - and produced the rapper and singer's collaborative tracks 'Cherry Wine' and 'Like Smoke', both of which were released posthumously. Remi explained that he was 'shocked' that it had already been a year since Winehouse was found dead in her Camden home. "I miss her. At the end of the day that's what it really comes down to. I'm shocked that it's already a year," he said.

He continued: "I can also look back and say it was a long year since then. I just miss her. As far as her as a person, she just always had something smart to say. And you'd want to be like, 'You shouldn't have said that.' But then you've got to laugh because it was so funny. I miss her actually as a person. And musically, she still stands up there as one of the best to ever do what she's done."

The Amy Winehouse Foundation today revealed plans to help build a children's hospice in North London as well as an initiative to help underprivileged children in New Orleans.

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