Amy Winehouse starts a record label, signs her 12-year-old goddaughter

Although she has recently announced that she has no plans to leave St. Lucia for quite some time, Amy Winehouse is looking to continue her career in music with her very own record label called Lioness. She has reportedly spent £1 million (approximately $1.4 million) on the endeavor and has even signed her 13-year-old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.

Amy is so confident that Dionne has what it takes to become Britain’s next pop sensation she’s teamed her up with US star Lady Gaga, soul singer Lemar and X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg to record duets.

But most excitingly Amy, 25, has secretly headed into the studio with 13-year-old Dionne to collaborate on a handful of songs herself…

“Amy thinks Dionne is so talented that she didn’t want to wait for record companies to come knocking in a few years.” Amy has taken advice from X Factor judges and established record industry moguls Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh, who have both been introduced to Dionne.

Last night a very excited Dionne told me: “I had a lot of record companies wanting to sign me but I didn’t know where to go. So for Amy to set up this record company and make me her first signing means so much.”

[from News of The World]

The album, co-written by Amy, will be released in March and has a “Motown soul sound.” Amy has also flown Dionne to visit her in St. Lucia (great idea – lots of wholesome fun for the kids) and is paying for a month-long singing program for Dionne in Los Angeles.

I don’t know if allowing Dionne to even see her godmother at all is a good idea at this point. The article quotes Amy as saying that she’s “cleaning up my act for Dionne. She needs someone responsible around her to promote her career,” but she’s not doing a very good job of it. She needs to stop crawling on all fours begging for threesomes and booze before she can be considered anything close to “responsible.” But clearly her parents don’t mind – Amy was seen taking Dionne to a club last summer.

Still, a little Google search proved Amy right one one count – Dionne does have some impressive chops. The video below is a May 2008 clip of Dionne recording Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” in Pete Doherty’s basement with Amy Winehouse languidly strumming along on a guitar. It’s quite good, and even though the sound is a little fuzzy you can clearly hear that Dionne’s voice is very mature. Just not mature enough to be hanging out in Pete Doherty’s basement.

Amy Winehouse and her goddaughter are shown on 9/25/08. Credit WENN

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  1. gg says:

    oh dear …

  2. Dorothy says:

    I couldn’t even focus on the singing I was just thinking how skanky Amy is. I mean drinking right out of the bottle that is so Keith Richards…

  3. geronimo says:

    Good, she’s doing something positive. Dionne’s voice has a really nice quality, look forward to this album.

  4. Trillion says:

    Well, you know what they say, if you can’t be a shining example at least be a terrible warning. Or something like that.

  5. gg says:

    Here, let me give you a nice boobie-lady tatoo like mine …

  6. MoJo says:

    This is one talented little girl, and at least Amy can do one good thing by helping her. Hopefully, she’s not giving Dionne advice about her personal life. >.>

    I think what struck me most about this article is that, holy crap, Amy’s only 25?

  7. ChristinaX says:

    Aw, I think that underneath the drug abuse that Amy Winehouse seems kind.

  8. 52MEDIA says:

    Wow! Amy’s guitar playing is amazing. I’m impressed. Her God-daughter, Dionne, is amazing as well. That was wonderful….Flo

  9. Kimberly says:

    I wish i had someone as dedicated to invest in me .

    She’s a lucky girl,great voice . I really hope Amy cleans her act up though , it’d be tragic for her goddaughter to experience a loss so preventable .

  10. LEe says:

    O M G
    where are this kids parents???

    Why is AMY winehouse babysitting?? wth??!!

    I saw pics of her once in a nightcub with Amy.
    This is Bizarre!