The new singing competition is in commemoration of Amy’s Back to Black album turning 10 in October 2016. Salaam Remi, who produced the backing for many tracks on the 12-time platinum record, shared the announcement on YouTube, inviting all talented singers to submit their videos.
“To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Back to Black, we’re going to actually make some of the instrumental tracks available to see what you sound like singing,” Remi said in the video. “I want to actually make “Just Friends” and “Tears Dry on Their Own.” Those are the two songs made available…”
The producer revealed that all proceeds from sharing their videos would go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which he stated continues to help nurture young talent.
The rules of the game are simple: competitors should download the backing tracks to whichever song they would like to cover, film their rendition, and then upload it to YouTube. When the video is live, singers should send the link over in a form on the official competition page.
Remi and Mark Ronson, who also produced Amy’s album, will be reviewing and selecting the winner. One grand prize winner will get the opportunity to record their version of the singer’s track in a professional studio and have it featured on the official Island Records YouTube account.
The competition is open from now until January 31, 2017. For more info and instructions about how to compete, click here.