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Amy Winehouse would have been 34 years old this year… a life cut way too short.  I will admit that when she was alive, I didn’t pay much attention to her music.  I know... that's a tragedy in itself, but why not?  Through the media, all I heard about her was that she was a drug addict singing about not wanting to go to rehab. That seemed ridiculous to me at the time, so I missed out on some soulful and powerful music… but not for long!  

When I became more serious about sharing my own music with the world, the documentary “Amy” came out in theaters, and thank goodness I went to see it.  The film exposed a completely different view of Amy that people were unaware of.  She was an old soul trapped in a life of uncertainty, abandonment, and relentless pressure. She struggled to be her true self without the use of substances, and was unable to succeed in living a life of clarity and peace. Clearly, my view of Amy Winehouse changed and I formed a strong connection to her music.

“Back to Black” is solemn and deep, felt in the pit of your stomach, the depths of the soul.  It mourns the loss of a tumultuous relationship that was destined for doom.  It swims in an overwhelming feeling of emptiness, of nothingness.  When a song is so powerful that it makes you feel someone else’s despair, it changes you. Amy’s music and legacy continues to impact people across the globe.

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Named after Belinda Carlisle, solo artist and lead singer for The Go-Gos, making music has always been second nature to Belinda M. Growing up in a household that was largely influenced by Filipino culture, it was impossible for her to avoid belting out a few tunes into a karaoke mic at an early age. After her parents discovered she could play piano by ear at age 4, lessons promptly began.  She later started writing poetry and playing guitar, which eventually lead to her becoming a singer/songwriter.  

For Belinda, writing and listening to music has always been an essential creative outlet and place of solace. She released her debut EP, “I’m Not Broken” in October 2016, and continues to write and release new music. Her lyrics have been recognized by “American Songwriter Magazine” and her music is featured on the award-winning “Women Of Substance Radio and Podcast.” Check out Belinda’s music and learn more at www.belindammusic.com

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