When you talk about talent, pure talent, one can’t help but to mention Whitney Houston. Her voice was one that was so powerful and distinct. A voice that was highly recognizable and respected throughout the musical community. In celebration of Black History Month, we are celebrating the career and life of Whitney Houston.
Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 to Cissy Houston, a gospel singer. In her teens, Whitney sang back up for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson, and other singers. She first started singing in church as a young child. She not only had the incredible talent to sing the way she did, but she also did some modeling. It was during the time that she was modeling and singing back up for well known performers that Clive Davis, a veteran music mogul, heard her perform. He went on to tell Good Morning America that when he heard her perform in her mother’s act in a club that it was “such a stunning impact.”
From the middle 1980’s to the late 1990’s, she was one of the world’s best selling artists. She sang effortlessly, but forcefully, with her gospel roots evident in her voice and the way she sang, but not overtly so, thus being palatable to the masses with an R & B and Pop feel to her music. She influenced younger singers such as Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, and Christina Aguilera. This is quite understandable, being that she could sing without any music and hit every note with perfect pitch. Whitney could do a whole entire concert without music and just use her voice and it would be a great concert.
Not only was she the daughter of a gospel singer, but she has cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick who were also famous singers. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was her godmother. Growing up in a family of musical greatness, and her God given talent, she was destined to be a musical success.
Whitney Houston gained acting credentials when she starred in the infamous movie, “The Bodyguard,” with Kevin Costner. The album for that movie reached the top of the charts as well. She also starred in “The Preacher’s Wife” with Denzel Washington. Whitney was also great in “Waiting to Exhale,” a movie based on the popular book by author Terry McMillan. She was set to star in a remake of the movie “Sparkle” later this year.
Her last album,”I Look To You,” released in 2009, debuted at the top of the charts and went platinum. This accomplished artist won several Grammy awards and sold millions of albums. She is the only performer to date that sang the National Anthem so well, that is debuted on the radio! She performed an astounding rendition of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991 during the Gulf War.
Worth mentioning was her sense of style, always a regal elegance to her wardrobe. Her hair was usually worn short with a brownish red color or blonde color. However, when she first came into the spotlight years ago, she rocked what looked to be a short natural ‘do. Below is a picture of Whitney with music Mogul Clive Davis.
On the eve of the Grammy Awards 2012, Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012. She was an invaluable contribution to the music industry. Whitney, “We Will Always Love You.”