Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is a famous American pop and R&B singer, an unparalleled actress, an appealing lyricist, a sound film producer and an efficient manager along with a former model. During the year 1980, she was one of the foremost American female to get a standard rotation on MTV during the channel’s early years during the dominant time of white male rock music. Her first album, once, was famous for the biggest selling and most wanted debut album for a solo artist. She also has the record of seven continuous Number 1 solo hits on the Billboard Hot 100 list. She had a similar success even in Hollywood in the 1990, beginning with a block buster movie The Bodyguard.

Whitney Houston Early Life

Whitney Houston was born 9th August, 1963 in a bumpy locality of Newark, New Jersey in United States. She is the third and the youngest and child of John and gospel vocalist Cissy Houston. She mother and her family is well known in the gospel, rhythm and blues and soul genres. 

At the age of eleven, She began to follow her mother and started singing in the junior gospel choir at New Hope Baptist Church as a solo vocalist and also learnt there how to play a piano.. During the later years, She parents divorced and she remained with her mother. 

Whitney Houston Music Career

Whitney Houston spent much of the childhood time walking into night clubs along with her mother. In 1977, when she was just fourteen, she was presented as a main vocalist on the Michael Zager Band’s solo Life’s A Party. Zager wanted to help the young vocalist in getting the new performances but her mother denied as she was willing to complete the education o the daughter.In the 1980s, she worked as a fashion model after a photographer saw her singing with her mother at Carnegie Hall. She also appeared in commercial advertisements of Canada Dry soft drink.

In 1983, Gerry Griffith, an A&R spokesman from Arista Records saw her singing with her mother in New York City night club and was highly impressed as a result of which she was offered a global recording contract, which she accepted. Later in the same year, she made her national appearance on television alongside Davis on the The Mery Griffin Show. In February 1985, with production from Michael Masser, Kashif, Jermaine Jackson and Narada Michael Walden, she own 1985 debut album was launched.

At the 1986 Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston was selected for three awards together with Album of the Year. In spite of being the front runner, she was disqualified for Best New Artist due to her earlier duet recordings in 1984. Still, she won 'Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female' for "Saving All My Love for You” for her first Grammy award. At the same reward show, Whitney performed her Grammy-winning hit; the show won Whitney her first and only Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Whitney also won and an MTV Video Music Award AND seven American Music Awards, even as "Greatest Love of All" would receive a Record of the Year nomination at the 1987 Grammys.

In June 1987 Whitney Houston’s second album, Whitney, was released. Implementing the same modus operandi as her debut, the album featured making from Masser, Kashif and Walden again, as well as Jellybean Benitez. Many detractors complained that the performance was too alike to her previous album, reflecting a lack of creative growth.

In November 1992, she made her silver screen introduction, opposite Kevin Costner, in The Bodyguard, which became a mammoth accomplishment at the box office mainly due to the associated soundtrack. She recorded six songs for the film's soundtrack album, which comprised of the productions from David Foster. The soundtrack's main solo was a cover of the Dolly Parton country hit "I Will Always Love You". Some, together with Foster, were doubtful that the song would do well at radio due to its slow beginning. Still, the label took the threat and launched it as the first single and it turned out as her biggest hit. It pointed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a then-record-breaking 14 weeks and topping the charts in almost all other countries counting the big markets of the UK, Germany, France and Australia. The song has sold just about ten million copies worldwide, making it the best selling single by a female solo artist.

During late 1996, Whitney recorded, and co-produced with Mervyn Warren, the gospel The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album, six of the songs were recorded with the Georgia Mass Choir at Greater Rising Star Church in Atlanta. Dissimilar to her earlier soundtracks, The Preacher's Wife featured Houston on 14 of the 15 tracks including teamwork with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. The soundtrack sold six million replicas globally and scored pop hits with "I Believe in You and Me" and "Step by Step", becoming the largest selling gospel album of all time. The album received mainly constructive feedbacks

Whitney Houston On Television and Silver Screen

During the early-mid 1980s, as Whitney Houston was putting efforts to start on a music career, she auditioned for acting roles; including the fraction of Sondra Huxtable on The Cosby Show, which ultimately went to Sabrina Le Beauf. In 1984, Houston appeared on an episode of Gimme a Break and an episode of Silver Spoons in 1985.

Whitney Houston Personal Life

Throughout the '80s, Whitney Houston was passionately attached to American football celebrity Randall Cunningham and actor Eddie Murphy, whom her dated. Later Houston met R&B singer Bobby Brown at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. After a three year courtship, the two were wedded on July 18, 1992 but separated in April 2007.