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Amy Winehouse, arthritis and me

Amy Winehouse, arthritis and me
From BBC - October 6, 2017

Jade Carter has spent a lot of her life in hospital.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes the 20-year-old such intense pain she sometimes ca not move. That's where music helps.

"I kind of enter this different world when I am singing. I feel like I can just let go of the reality of life," she tells Newsbeat.

Now Amy Winehouse's charity is helping her find her voice and launch a singing career.

"I was singing since I was six-years-old, when my mum would leave me in Great Ormond Street hospital," she says.

"I just wrote songs all the time because that's pretty much all I could do. I could not go to school a lot of the time."

It paid off.

Last night Jade performed for some of the biggest names in UK music, including Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy and Trevor Nelson, at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala, an event in memory of the late singer.

She's one of a small group of musicians chosen for Amy's Yard, a 12-week project which gives them time in the late singer's studio, working with a producer on their own track.

"It was a really lovely experience," says Jade, "Too much information, but I would sit on the toilet and be like 'Amy probably sat on this toilet," she laughs.

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