Cabbie turned jazz singer Mitch Winehouse will dedicate his forthcoming performance at the Royal Albert Hall to daughter Amy Winehouse.
Mitch will be performing as support to Matt Goss, formerly of 1980s pop band Bros, on October 21, and has said that he is doing do in order to raise awareness and support for his planned foundation for addicts.
The foundation is currently without a name as Mitch has become embroiled in an argument with a London businessman over the domain name ‘Amywinehousefoundation.com’.
According to The Sun, Martin McCann, who purchased the domain name hours after plans for the foundation were announced, is refusing to sell the name and has said he believes he is “not exploiting anything.”
Of the Royal Albert Hall show, Mitch is reported – via Contact Music – to have said:
Through setting up the foundation in Amy’s memory I have to come to realise that I can sing for Amy and raise money for her foundation, so when Matt Goss called me to ask me to open his show at the Royal Albert Hall this was a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for the foundation.
I immediately felt a strong rapport with Matt and he told me how he tragically lost his sister Caroline at a young age. I shared with Matt that Amy was a huge fan of Bros when she was a little girl and had their posters on her wall. These are warm memories and we agreed that the show would be a joyous occasion in memory of both his sister and Amy.
Amy Winehouse was found dead at her Camden home on July 23. Suggestions that she died of a drug overdose have been formally ruled out after results from the singer’s toxicology report found “no illegal substances” in her system.