Whitney Houston was a star that shined on her best and worst of days. The talent that she possessed was truly God given and will forever be felt by her adoring fans throughout the world. Born in Newark and raised in East Orange in a musically gifted family, Houston wasted no time wowing the audiences with her breathtaking performances. From church to the stage, her success and voice has reached into the hearts of all colors and creeds. There is a beauty in her voice that cannot be duplicated. Here are just a couple of reasons why we will always love you Ms. Houston.
Whitney Houston set the stage for acts to come out of northern New Jersey cities Newark and East Orange, that are home to artists such as Queen Latifah, Lauren Hill, Wyclef Jean, Naughty By Nature amongst others. Not only did Whitney open the doors for Jersey natives, she set the stage for female artists that would take the Pop/R&B stage later such as Beyonce and Rihanna.
I think it is safe to say with a track record which garnished her 415 awards, that include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, she paved the way for the future and created a standard for women of color.
As a multi-talented entertainer she acted in a number of movies starting with The Bodyguard, which she co-starred with Kevin Costner. The late singer showcased songs such as “I Will Always Love You,” “Run To You” and “I’m Every Women” throughout the film. Her theatrical performances in Waiting To Exhale and Preacher’s Wife have also become classics and show how dynamic she was as an artiste. Houston was working on a new film entitled Sparkle that was set to come out this year. If her career does not prove she is an innovator I don’t know what will.
In this day and age artists would give their left arm to sell half the records that she sold. Whitney Houston has had seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits: “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love of All,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.”
These classic songs are friendly for all audiences, the songs are not just hits they are melodic words that spoke to people and their experiences.
Coming from the tough streets of Essex County, New Jersey you have to be as real as possible. Whitney throughout her career has always shown a level of vulnerability which made her music genuine. Her songs gave a piece of herself even when she sung Pop records. It is no secret that Houston had her far share of trials and tribulations, but the constant fight that made her the women that she was.
Whitney’s family was instrumental in making her into the success that she became. Many of her family members were notable figures in the gospel, R&B, and Pop genres. They helped mold and define the mega-star called Whitney Houston. Cissy Houston a gospel singer has always been at the foundation of Whitney life. Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick were both successful soul and R&B artists whom were instrumental in the development. Aretha Franklin a powerhouse in the genres of Gospel and R&B was a mentor, honorary aunt and godmother.
Bobby Brown and Whitney seemed to have a lot in common. We can venture to say that one of those things was love despite their rocky relationship.
Family/Music Connection: Cissy Houston (Mother), Dionne Warwick (Cousin), Dee Dee Warwick (Cousin), Aretha Franklin (Godmother), Bobby Brown (Ex-husband)
This article is in celebration of her life. Whitney and her voice was a gift and her fans are thankful. Hopefully Whitney has helped people to avoid some of those shortcomings and inspired those same people to follow their dreams.
R.I.P. Whitney Houston
We Love You!
—— By: DOC