Unreleased Amy Winehouse Pop Demo 'My Own Way' Surfaces

Almost seven years after her tragic death, one of Amy Winehouse’s unreleased first-ever demos has surfaced. The song “My Own Way” was recorded when she was just seventeen years old in 2001, as a way to gain attention from studios.

Early Amy Winehouse producer and composer Gil Cang said, “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 song was produced with co-composer James McMillan. They said she did the song in three takes, and had originally captured their attention when she came in the studio “wearing a pair of jeans with ‘Sinatra Is God’” written in marker on the butt, according to the Camden New Journal.

The song’s sound is notably different from her usual jazz renditions, a genre which she deeply revered and mirrored throughout her iconic career. “My Own Way” sways towards pop, while also edging towards well-done early 2000’s R&B, all with a voice that sounds young for Winehouse, but unimaginably mature for seventeen. 

“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 said.

The cut came two years prior to the release of her debut album Frank. Listen to “My Own Way” in full below.