Lioness Records was formed in 2009, due to Winehouse's wish of signing Dionne Bromfield. Winehouse stated that "the first time I heard Dionne sing, I couldn't believe what I was hearing, such an amazing voice from such a young cat. She’s so much better than I was at her age. I'm just so proud of her". The name Lioness Records comes from a necklace, given to Winehouse from her grandmother, Cynthia, bearing a pendant featuring a lioness. Winehouse explained further, in an interview with Temple Grandin in 2008, saying, "My nan was like my best friend. She was the sweetest, strongest, most amazing person I've ever met and when I was thinking of what to call the label I picked up the necklace and knew straight away that I'd call it Lioness, in honour of Cynthia." Winehouse died in 2011, although her father, Mitchell Winehouse, has remained an active director.