Kelly Clarkson recalls doing karaoke with Amy Winehouse years before Amy was famous

When Amy Winehouse died tragically in 2011 at age 27, she was a global superstar, but Kelly Clarkson knew her before then.

On the May 16 episode of her talk show, Kelly interviewed Marisa Abela, who portrays Amy in the new biopic Back to Black, in theaters on May 17. During the chat, Kelly revealed she got to sing with Amy years before she was famous — during karaoke.

"It's funny, I actually saw her before she was who she was," Kelly said. "She was just coming over [to the U.S.] with her boyfriend, and it was while I was shooting this movie that I absolutely hate." She was referring to From Justin to Kelly, the 2003 movie that she was forced to film after winning American Idol.

"But anyway, we all did a karaoke night. And it was before she was her, and she almost sounded a little different as well," Kelly recalled. "It was, like, before she became 'Amy Winehouse.' I don't think she had a record deal or anything at that time. But we all went to karaoke and she sang Etta James and I was like, 'Wait, what?'"

"It was like she, just from the jump, had such a presence about her voice," Kelly added. "It almost became, like, more of a character, too, like, with herself throughout her career."

Amy's breakthrough album, Back to Black, was released in 2006.

On AirMy Magic 94.9 - Tampa Bay's Best Music Logo

Join 10 Tampa Bay, Cox Media and Feeding Tampa Bay as we provide Cereal, for Summer.



See a new furry friend up for adoption every week, brought to you by Purina Beyond!


Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, especially here in Florida. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water.


Win tickets to concerts, unique experiences, great prizes and MORE!


mobile apps

Everything you love about mymagic949.com and more! Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app.

amazon alexa

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!