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Whitney Houston – The Life, The Music… The Voice

by / June 10, 2014 video 9 Comments

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Whitney Houston is one of most iconic singers to ever grace the stage and the most awarded female act of all time.    She was born August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey and is the daughter of entertainment executive John Russell Houston Jr. and gospel singer Emily “Cissy” Houston.

Houston got her start singing in the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church.  Her first solo performance at the church was “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.”  As a teenager, she toured with her mother, and at 14 she became the backup singer on the track “Life’s A Party.”

In the 1980s, Houston worked as a fashion model and appeared in Seventeen magazine as the first woman of color to appear on the cover.  She also appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Young Miss.  

After having her mother turn down several recording agency contracts prior to her high school graduation, Houston signed to a worldwide recording contract with Arista Records in 1983.  In 1985, Houston released her debut self titled album which produced multiple chart topping hits including “You Give Good Love,” ” Saving All My Love For You,” and “How Will I Know.”  The album went on to top the Billboard 200 and stayed there for a total of 14 weeks.

Houston won even more success and awards with her second album Whitney, which was released in 1987.  In 1992, Houston married R&B singer Bobby Brown, and for the first time in her life, Houston began to experience the down side of fame and fortune developing issues with substance abuse and exhibiting erratic behavior.

The success of the 1992 movie The Bodyguard produced her biggest ever hit with her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”  The song spent a record breaking 14 weeks at the top of US charts, and the films soundtrack won Houston three Grammy Awards.

Houston’s later release of My Love Is Your Love in 1998 earned her another Grammy but did not reach the level of success of her previous albums.  Houston went on to release another album and appear in multiple films, but she died tragically on February 11, 2012 from accidental drowning at The Beverly Hilton hotel.  Medical officials reported that heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors in her death.  The world lost a music legend, but her legacy lives on in her music and influence.

Check out the following full length, fan made documentary to learn more about Houston’s life and her career.

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Christine

9 Comment

  1. Full length. whatever you say. Tina Turners was full length, Whitney got short changed.

  2. If her mother was Cissy Houston, her father was an entertainment exec (and Dionne Warwick was her aunt), why did she need to be "discovered"?

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  4. Shortchanged isn't the word. I would have thought that they would have given her a full length movie in theaters instead of a lifetime event. One of The greatest singers in the world and you give her lifetime????? WTH.

  5. This isn't an official movie, it's a fan-made documentary. From a fans perspective. This has nothing to do with the LifeTime movie.

  6. Whitney will have a Blockbuster movie about her life believe me. This movie that Angela Bassett is doing, is only the small beginning.

  7. I agree…. everyone is fussing about a television movie not being big enough for her. But, plenty big named stars haven't had one. Shucks, MJ hasn't yet and he's gone as well. James Brown JUST has his coming now. I think it will come when the time is right. And I believe this Bassett production will be what kicks it off.

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  9. Thanks for this post. I undoubtedly agree with what that you are saying. I’ve been talking about this subject a whole lot lately with my mother so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

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