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Soulful tribute: Singer honors the late Winehouse in ‘Dear Amy’ stage show

Frankie Jordan woke up with a horrible cold.

Frankie Jordan leads a tribute to Amy Winehouse called “Dear Amy.” (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star)

Luckily for the singer, there are a few weeks before her show at The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel on Jan. 18.

“I’ll get over it and be ready,” she says in a recent interview. “The show always will go on.”

In the tribute show, “Dear Amy,” Jordan transforms into the late Amy Winehouse.

Winehouse burst onto the music scene in 2003 with her debut album, “Frank.” But it wasn’t until the 2006 release of “Back to Black” that Winehouse became a household name, with her blend of soul, jazz and R&B and a 1960s throwback look. She took home five Grammy Awards in 2008.

In 2011, Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning at age 27.

Stepping into Winehouse’s shoes came with a lot of pressure.

“People told me that I resembled Amy,” Jordan says. “When I get dressed up in her famous beehive hair and the tattoos are put on me, I look like her. I think my accent is a work in progress, and I call my friends in London and ask how they would say certain words. There’s a lot of lingo from north London that we don’t use.”

Jordan has been a singer all her life and has been singing professionally since she was 15.

“When I thought my career was over because my life was changing with marriage and kids, per my husband’s request, he pushed me to do this,” she says. “I put up an Instagram page and started doing videos.”

Then came plans to take “Dear Amy” on the road.

But first, Jordan and the team wanted to get the blessing of Winehouse’s father, Mitch.

“My husband reached out to Mitch about the show,” she says. “He told my husband that he gave us his support. This was the seal of approval and the blessing from Amy’s father. It’s bittersweet, because she’s no longer here to sing her music.”

“Dear Amy” ranges from 15-20 songs, depending on the venue.

The set includes tracks such as “Back to Black” and “Rehab.”

Jordan says one of her favorites is “Between the Cheats,” from Winehouse’s first album.

“We want to switch it up, just like Amy would,” she says of each show. “Being able to keep her legacy alive is an honor. A lot of people didn’t get the chance to see her perform when she was alive. I meet people after the show, and they tell me these stories of how her music touched their lives. It’s an honor I get to do this.”

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