Whitney Houston was born on Aug. 9, 1963, in Newark. she was the daughter of Cissy Houston, the gospel star and goddaughter of Aretha Franklin. She began singing in her church choir at the age of 11, and also performed at her mother’s concerts at a young age. She worked as a backup studio singer and featured vocalist with acts including Chaka Khan, the Neville Brothers and Bill Laswell’s Material.
Whitney Houston, whose amazing voice lifted her to the top of the pop music, won 6 Grammys, 30 Billboard awards and 22 American Music Awards.
She died on on Feb 11 2012 in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48 years old.
Best Whitney Houston Quotes
I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
Being around people like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Roberta Flack. . . had a great impact on me as a singer, as a performer, as a musician.
Nobody makes me do anything I don’t wanna do, it’s my decision. So the biggest devil is me, I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy.
I am not self destructive. I’m not a person who wants to die, I’m a person who has life and wants to live.
I’ve read about myself and my husband and my family, to the point where they’ve called my parents, they’ve called my brothers, offering money to tell stories. They call friends of mine. I’d just like for them to just … don’t badger us. Don’t scrutinize us. We have children and they have to live, too. It’s not fair.
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.
From the beginning, the camera and I were great friends. It loves me, and I love it.
Reaction to Whitney Houston’s Death
I just can’t talk about it now… It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. – Aretha Franklin
She was just a gift in voice. She was just so innocent in the business, and that voice was so pure and her life was so pure. That’s what I’m holding on to. I think what we’re going to do in the long run of her life story is focus on the voice. Not the tragedy, but the voice. – Lionel Ritchie
Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on. – Clive Davis
Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms Whitney Houston. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth. – Mariah Carey
I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing… I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly. – Quincy Jones
The morning of the Grammys, the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird. – Rev Al Sharpton
My heart is heavy. My prayers go out to her mother, her daughter. Because if we feel this great of a loss, I can only imagine how heavy their hearts are. – Kelly Rowland