An Unpublished Amy Winehouse Track Has Been Released

An Unpublished Amy Winehouse Track Has Been Released

Recorded at just 17, "My Own Way" takes us back to why we loved Amy from the start.

Recorded at just 17, "My Own Way" takes us back to why we loved Amy from the start.

Text: Gillian Rivera

Camden-based composer and musician Gil Cang has released a never-before-heard Amy Winehouse track titled "My Own Way". It was previously believed that all unpublished tracks were destroyed by Winehouse's record label back in 2011 to prevent any redistribution from third-party sellers. In a statement to Camden New Journal, the musician reminisces, "We’d been writing quite a lot of pop tunes, doing a lot of pop promos with various artists who would come in, many of various, dubious talent. It was at a particularly dire time in the pop world – lots of terrible, terrible girl bands and boy bands and we had to make something for them. Amy came in to see us, opened her mouth and just blew us all away.”

Cang, who worked with an unsigned Winehouse in 2001, created the track alongside composer James McMillan for the singer to demo for record labels. 17 years later, and 10 years after her passing, Cang has released the song, saying “I’ve had it knocking about for so long. I found it again last week and thought – I’ll put it out there so people could hear it.”

The track boasts Amy's spirit, coated atop a 90s R&B beat and dripping with sultry vocals transporting us back to her first studio album, Frank. It is a blunt reminder of the unrivaled talent that we lost. Listen to "My Own Way" below.

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