The New Side of Soul

By Ashleigh, age 13, Lousiana

Look out, Joss Stone. Here comes some major competition. She's here, she's sober, and she's ready to play. Her name: Amy Winehouse. Her specialty: Showing you a new way to feel the melody in the heart of her songs. She's what's hot in the music world now.

Amy Winehouse, born in 1983, grew up in North London. She was born into an English-Jewish family with a history of jazz musicians. About age 10, Amy founded a short-lived amateur rap group called Sweet 'n' Sour. She was "Sour". She described the group as "the little white Jewish Salt 'n' Pepa".

Amy attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School at age 12, but was expelled at 13 for not applying herself and for piercing her own nose! She was 16 when she was discovered and signed with her current label, Island/Universal.

Her second album "Back to Black" was released on October 30, 2006, a little more than three years after the release of her first album "Frank". "Back to Black" is currently #22 on the Billboard 200 charts.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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