Salaam Remi Speaks On The Album

Salaam Remi:The Lioness is not meant to replace what Amy’s third album would have been. That album was written but only two or three tracks were recorded. But this is definitely a collection of songs that we feel needed to be heard by her fans and that also stand up to the quality of the material that she released while she was alive—you know, with her first two albums.

 

Amy was the driving force of her recording process: a musician who actually played guitar, would write her songs and record them on guitar, sing her song the way she wanted it to be. 

 

“For me personally it’s also been therapeutic in the months since Amy has passed, which is nearly five at this point, for me to be able to just listen back to how much of a genius musician, singer, and songwriter she was—as well as being a dear friend to me.

“With this actual collection we also hope to help preserve and move forward the legacy of Amy Winehouse musically. Because there has been so much press—and I thank you, all the press that’s gathered here today to check out the music.

“But there’s been so many other things as far as the way she passed and the last few years, as far as some aspects of her life. But in my opinion the reason why we’re still talking about her is because of her ability musically. And like I say, [this record is] another way to share what’s been given.

"One of the things I really want to bring across is that Amy was totally the driving force of her creative situation. You know, a lot of people would see her and think it was some girl singing, and see the bee-hive, and [think] 'Okay you’re just showing up and there’s producers actually making things happen, and pulling all the different pieces together.'

 

If you have something to say to someone that you love, say it now. If you have something that you want to do with someone that you care about, do it now. And that’s the same way I feel with this music. If I have things that I feel like the world should hear... You should hear it now. 

 

“Amy was the driving force of her recording process: a musician who actually played guitar, would write her songs and record them on guitar, sing her song the way she wanted it to be. And then also suggest some ideas of how she wanted to arrange it, and then look for someone like myself to execute it and have that chemistry to make it happen.

“In the days of Amy’s passing, I was actually in London and intended to go see her the afternoon after she passed. Because we were going to a wedding the next day. And I didn’t go see her. And I felt as if…'Why didn’t I do that?'

"If you have something to say to someone that you love, say it now. If you have something that you want to do with someone that you care about, do it now. And that’s the same way I feel with this music. If I have things that I feel like the world should hear, while I have the ability to…You should hear it now.

"So hopefully the world will receive this, and for the people who are feeling different ways since her passing and now are learning different things, they will be able to share with myself and what her family and everyone else has felt since I shared with them the stuff that I had, being her musical treasurer over her career."