Mitch Winehouse, former cab driver and father to one of the UK's biggest music exports is about to prove the critics wrong with the release of his debut album 'Rush Of Love' on April 5th 2011.
At the age of 59, Mitch is turning a life-long ambition into reality, showcasing his in-depth knowledge and sheer passion for jazz and swing music with this 11-track debut featuring a host of rarely uncovered classics as well as four brand new tracks.
"We love singing in our family" Mitch explains, "I was always singing at home. But this is a dream come true and musically, it's a great album."
Despite his own undeniable music talent, Mitch is also realistic about the assumptions that will be made about his newfound career choice:
"If Amy wasn't my daughter I wouldn't be given this opportunity. I'm not stupid, I know that. But if I couldn't sing I wouldn't have been given the opportunity either."
Teaming up with old family friend Tony Hiller, writer of 'Save Your Kisses For Me' and hundreds of other jazz and pop standards, was another logical step for Mitch who has, quite obviously, had the time of his life researching and compiling his music debut.
"I had such a good time making this album. We tried 40 songs we loved and worked through them with a pianist. If it didn't work for us, we moved on, but just reliving them was enough."
Having grown up around the legendary songwriter and producer - Mitch's Dad and Tony were old mates in London's East End - Mitch felt it a natural fit to have Hiller involved in the project and now joins a list of illustrious artists from Elton John to Matt Monro who have performed Tony's songs.
Not only producer of the album, Hiller has also penned its 4 brand new tracks 'Tell Me', 'No More Broken Hearts', 'Nights' and debut single 'Rush Of Love To The Heart'.
Alongside the new Hiller compositions are 'Please Be Kind' - a 1938 song first performed by Mildred Bailey and also later recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.
'How Insensitive' is an Antonio Carlos Jobim composition that anyone from Judy Garland to Iggy Pop have put their name next to, and 'You Go To My Head' is a real jazz enthusiast's favorite.
Mitch also pays homage to Frank Sinatra with 'Close Your Eyes', "...a beautiful jazz song, but a less known Sinatra song," Mitch enthuses, "Stacey Kent does it, but I've never heard anyone else and it's just wonderful."
The album also features the 1931 Bing Crosby classic 'I Apologize', and 'Day by Day', also later recorded by Crosby in 1946 as well as by Doris Day in the same year. 'You Go To My Head' has been re-worked by such fans ranging from Billie Holiday to Rod Stewart. Finally, the popular 'April In Paris,' taken from the 1932 Broadway musical 'Walk A Little Faster' and later performed by the likes of Louis Armstrong, is given the Mitch makeover.
'Rush Of Love' is classic debut full of surprises... just like Mitch.