Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 12, 2012, 8:25 a.m. EST by arealpolitik
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A moment to pause and remember...
Thank you Elizabeth, your heartfelt tribute to Whitney touches our hearts while the videos remind us all of the true treasure that was, and will remain Whitney Houston… well done!
R.I.P. Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012). I am still in a state of shock over the sad, sad news of the sudden death of our beloved Whitney Houston; mother, daughter, sister, phenomenal singer, friend, and a super-talented musical icon. Whitney was a mezzo-soprano variously known as The Voice, Queen of Pop, Diva and more. She began singing in her New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11, and was influenced and inspired by the great soul singers in her family; from Cissy Houston, (her mom) to cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and Aretha Franklin (her godmother). I remember the first time I heard her sing in the 1980s; her voice was so captivating and rich that I had to stop what I was doing and just listen… She was beautiful and stylish too. I was sold.
“Growing around [great musicians], you just can’t help it. I identified with it immediately. It was something that was so natural to me that when I started singing, it was almost like speaking.” Whitney Houston
At the height of her music career in the 1980s and ’90s, Whitney was a prolific performer with a fantastic voice, and one of the world’s best-selling artists in the music industry. Among her many hits were fan favorites (mine too); “Greatest Love of All,” How Will I Know,” ”Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You.” I remember going to NYC clubs where aspiring singers sang versions of Whitney’s popular songs, a capella, as they competed against each other, hoping to win the attention of a record producer. Throughout her career, Whitney won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year. It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye. My deepest condolences go to her daughter, Bobbie Kristina, mom, Cissy, ex hubby, Bobby Brown, and to her extended family and friends.
“I was aware of people staring at me. No one moved. They seemed almost in trance. I just stared at the clock in the center of the church. When I finished, everyone clapped and started crying.”Whitney Houston
Whitney once said, “When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I’d be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life.” The last few days of her life were spent in the company of other artists preparing for the Grammys. She attended a pre-Grammy event with Kelly Price and sang a few notes of the hymn, Yes, Jesus Loves Me… I have added the lyrics below. I would also say, it was spent in the company of the Lord…
Dearest Whitney, you will be sorely missed by many, your angelic voice at peace, at last.
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