Amy Winehouse producer Salaam Remi: ”Hidden Treasures’ helped Amy’s family feel better’

Producer says posthumous LP reminds people ‘how gifted and talented' she was

Amy Winehouse‘s producer Salaam Remi has claimed that the singer’s posthumous album ‘Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ made her family feel better after she passed away.

The producer, who worked on both of Winehouse’s studio albums, told Billboard that listening to the record had reminded those who were close to the late singer how “gifted and talented she was”.

“They [her family] didn’t know if they could listen to it,” he said. “But as the songs were playing they just started smiling. Like, ‘She wrote this? When did she do this? What happened?'”

He then added:

I felt they spent so much time chasing her around, they didn’t realize how gifted and talented Amy was. Not just when she passed at 27 but at 18 when I first met her. It made everyone that knew her feel so much better about her passing, and her life as well.

Remi had previously dismissed fears that the release of the album would be the start of an avalanche of new material by insisting that it would not lead to “a Tupac situation”, making reference to seven posthumous studio albums that have been released since rapper Tupac died in 1996.

‘Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ will be released on December 5 and features 12 tracks, including three covers and a number of previously unreleased tracks. You can read an in depth preview of the album, which has been written by NME’s Dan Martin, by visiting NME.COM/blogs.

£1 from each copy of the LP that is sold will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity set up in the singer’s honour.