Whitney Houston, a woman that was blessed with a beautiful voice and a wonderful music career. A year on and remembering her legacy.

The youngest of three, Whitney was born into a talented and musical family. Her mother Cissy was a successful backing singer, her cousin was Dionne Warwick and she was god-daughter to Aretha Franklin. Whitney’s singing career started in the local gospel choir, in her home town. She then went on to becoming a backing singer, for the likes of Chaka Khan and also began a modelling career.

At 28 she was signed to Arista Records who produced her first album ‘Whitney Houston’. This album included one of her most memorable songs to date ‘Saving all my love for you’. ‘Whitney’ was her second album, and one of her first albums to enter the charts ranking at #1. It also had four singles make it to the billboard charts, each holding a #1 spot. An iconic song from this album was ‘I wanna dance with somebody’, which is still on rotation.

Whitney Houston also had a magnificent acting career and featured in a number of films. The Bodyguard in 1992, co-starring Kevin Costner, was Houston’s acting debut. It was the second highest grossing film worldwide as well as having the best selling soundtrack of all time, selling millions of copies. The best sellng single from this soundtrack ‘I will always love you’ stayed in the charts for 10 weeks.

She then went onto to starring in Waiting exhale, an adaption from the Novel written by Terry McMillan. The film’s soundtrack featured Iconic songs such as ‘Exhale (shoop shoop)‘, ‘Count on me‘ and ‘Why does it hurt so badly’ and appearances from Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin. Houston later starred in The Preachers Wife’ alongside Denzel Washington. It was this film that made her one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, and the highest earning African-American actress at the time.

As a whole, Whitney Houston had a phenomenal career changing music and acting history. She is an idol to millions around the globe. A woman that has inspired so many artists today and will remain to live on in our hearts.

Written by Francesca Geyoro

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