Even when she was 12 Amy Winehouse knew she was destined for great things, writing a school assignment demanding an outlet for her talent.
The future star poured out her frustrations in an essay about herself as part of an assessment for London's Sylvia Young Theatre School.
A year after her death, the US publication In Touch Weekly has obtained the note, which begins, "All my life I have been loud to the point of being told to shut up. The only reason I have to be this loud is because you have to scream to be heard in my family."
Winehouse added, "I want people to hear my voice and just ... forget their troubles for five minutes."
She made a case for transferring to the school, where she hoped her talents would be appreciated and encouraged.
"My present school is a horrible place to go to every day ..." she wrote. "I want to go somewhere where I am stretched to my limits and even beyond. To sing in lessons without being told to shut up."
Winehouse, who died in July 2011 at the age of 27, wrote: "I have this dream to be very famous. To work on stage ... I want to be remembered."