Whitney Houston

Born: August 9, 1963
Newark, NJ, USA

Young Whitney Houston was born into a musical family, her mother being r&b singer Cissy Houston, and her cousin is the famous r&b singer and psychic friend Dionne Warwick. Her first public singing was in the Baptist choir, and she quickly became a soloist. Oftentimes, she would inspire people in the church to jump up and shout or weep on their knees. Her mother knew immediately that her daughter had what it took to be a superstar. She began singing professionally as a teenager, singing backup for Chaka Khan at one time. She had the looks of a model, and was studied in the arts of dancing and stage performance. It was when she signed a management contract with Gene Harvey that her career began to warm up. In 1985, she signed with Arista Records, and in 1987, her self-titled debut album came out. She was constantly on the top of the charts with hits like "How Will I Know", "Saving All My Love for You", and "The Greatest Love of All." This album became the best-selling debut album by a female artist of all time. "Saving All My Love" won her a Grammy. Her follow-up album, Whitney, entered the charts at No. 1, breaking even more records. In 1990, Whitney gave a dazzling performance as she sang the Star Spangled Banner in from the 1990 Super Bowl crowd. Next, she released I'm Your Baby Tonight, which was a more energetic soul album. In 1992, Houston married former New Edition member and bad boy Bobbie Brown, and the two have been the center of media bliss ever since. The two have gone through their share of problems, and being in the public eye doesn't make it any easier, but they remain together, raising their children as a family. Houston is known for her lateness to every event, and therefore is not asked to perform as often as she used to be. Speculations about drug abuse and marital problems are always in the tabloids, and sometimes Houston's behavior seems a bit bizarre. During the 90's, Houston was in several films, including Waiting to Exhale, The Bodyguard and the Preacher's Wife. Her musical output has subsided a bit, but she is often honored as a great inspiration to many of the young divas that are coming up today.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Songwriter Vocals

Smooth R&B Pop/Top40

Whitney Houston Has Worked With:
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Whitney Houston Was Influenced By:
Aretha Franklin Cissy Houston Patti LaBelle Dionne Warwick

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