We Will Always Love You: Whitney Houston's Dynamic Talent

Whitney Houston performing in the early 1990s at a concert for returning Gulf War Troops.
Whitney Houston performing in the early 1990s at a concert for returning Gulf War Troops. | Source

Whitney Houston was a one of a kind talent. Her voice opened the doors both literally and figuratively. Unfortunately, in 2012 that voice has been silenced forever.

She was found around 3:55 pm Pacific Time in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel by her bodyguard Ray. Paramedics arrived at the scene but were unable to resuscitate her. She was pronounced dead soon after. Whitney Houston is survived by her mother, Gospel artsist, Cissy Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina, whose father is Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown.

But what we want to remember is not how she died but how she lived and how unique her talent was.

Humble Beginnings

Whitney Houston's family is known for their singing. Her mother Cissy was in a gospel group with Houston's aunts as well as a backup singer for legends such as Aretha Franklin who was Whitney's godmother.

Because of her exposure to music, she quickly picked up on the family gift. As a teenager, she sang backup for Chaka Khan alongside her mother. Whitney also sang backup for Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson. She was also featured as a lead vocalist on Paul Jabara's album, Paul Jabara and Friends released on Columbia Records back in 1983.

Alongside music, Whitney also had the opportunity to pursue modeling. She was one of the first women of color to appear on the cover of Seventeen. She also was featured in spreads for Glamour, Cosmopolitan and the now defunct Young Miss (later known as YM). She also got an early start in acting by appearing in a Canada Dry commercial.

While she was courted by several labels including Elektra Records, it was Arista Records that helped her launch her career. Scouted while performing in New York, she was soon brought to the attention of music impresario Clive Davis.

And with his guidance and insight, she was off and running.

A Lovely Introduction

Whitney Houston worked on her first album with writers and producers such as Jermaine Jackson, George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, and Michael Masser. She also recorded a duet with Teddy Pendgrass, "Hold Me" which was featured on his album Love Language as well as Houston's eponymous debut.

Whitney Houston's debut single "You Give Good Love" introduced her to the American audience, particularly African-American R&B fans. However, that was the first taste of her dynamic voice. Her second single, "Saving All My Love" hit number one on the R&B charts and number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

However, what really drove her to the top was her MTV-friendly single and video for "How Will I Know." The song was a number one smash and helped open the door for black female artists to be played on MTV in heavy rotation.

She became the first female artist to have three number ones from a debut album. And her success would continue as the final single from her debut, "Greatest Love of All" became an instant classic and is considered one of her signature song.

In support of the album, she did several promotional appearances including her Greatest Love Tour. She was also featured on the talk show circuit performing hits at the American Music Awards, The 3rd Annual MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the Grammys where she won her first Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

A controversy erupted when Houston was not so much as nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys. NARAS President Michael Green stated that since she had appeared on Teddy Pendergrass' album as well as Paul Jabara's record. But in her defense, Clive Davis noted that artists such as Crosby, Stills and Nash and Luther Vandross had early appearances on records but were still nominated. And while NARAS stuck by their decision, it still came under fire several years later after former Shalamar vocalist Jody Watley won in 1988.

And while she put that behind her, her next album would launch her into the stratosphere.

Superstar Status

Her second album, Whitney followed in 1987 with the same Pop and R&B sensibility that brought her to prominence. Her first four singles all hit number one. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" all cemented her presence by giving her seven consecutive number ones.

She also became only the fifth solo artist and the first female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. This album also netted three Grammy nods and she won once again in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."

Whitney also made history across the pond becoming the first African American female artist to sell over two million copies. She also continued to dominate award shows such as the American Music Awards and The MTV Video Music Awards.

Whitney also became noted around this time for singing tribute songs and the National Anthem at events like the Special Olympics.

At the end of the 1980s, she met R&B superstar Bobby Brown and her career took another turn as the 1990s dawned.

New Chapters

Whitney Houston's third album marked the beginning of a new dynamic in Houston's life and career. I'm Your Baby Tonight was a commercial hit, selling twelve million copies to date. However, it was not the blockbuster album that were her first two albums.

Houston released two singles that hit number one, the title track and "All the Man that I Need." Subsequent singles later did modestly well but did not reach the heights that other efforts had.

Around the same time, Houston was embarking on a relationship with bad boy singer Bobby Brown whose fame peaked in the late 1980s after leaving R&B group New Edition for a solo career that resulted in a massive rise and fall. At the time of their relationship, many of us questioned her attraction to him. And while it was not understandable then, it definitely changed the course of Houston's life and career forever.

However, in 1991 Houston had another crowning achievement in singing the National Anthem during the 25th Superbowl. And while others have attempted to do the anthem justice, only Whitney Houston turned it into a charting hit. Just hearing her hit those raw notes stirs something deep within us.

In 1992, she married Bobby Brown and began filming "The Bodyguard" alongside Kevin Costner. She also contributed six songs to the soundtrack in addition to executive producing it. The soundtrack was a massive hit, thanks to Houston's biggest single " I Will Always Love You" a cover of the Dolly Parton classic. The soundtrack also helped her cleanup at the Grammys in 1994, winning Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

She also had a successful hand in another project, her daughter. Bobby Kristina was born and she began to devote herself to being a great mother.

Following her success in "The Bodyguard", she began to take roles in other films such as "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife". However, her music career took a backseat and she would not release an album until 1998's My Love is Your Love.

Final Frontiers

Whitney Houston also extended her hand into producing, appearing in the ABC's Wonderful World of Disney movie version of "Cinderella" as the fairy godmother to Brandy's Cinderella.

She would release two more albums following My Love is Your Love including Just Whitney in 2002 and 2009's I Look to You. She also recorded and released a Christmas record in 2003, to little fair. While her core fans were happy, the music was not as prolific or dynamic as her previous efforts.

Houston now became known for increasingly erratic behavior with then-husband Bobby Brown including drug arrests, court appearances, and interviews. They also had a much maligned reality show Being Bobby Brown which ultimately chronicled the demise of their relationship. In 2007, they had an acrimonious divorce.

Fortunately, Houston began to re-enter music but I Look To You was met with mixed reviews. Late last year she was offered a role in the remake of the 1970s cult classic Sparkle which will be released later this year.

However, no matter how much her life was scrutinized in the final years, her impact lives on through her music and the music of the generations she touched.

Lasting Legacy

Whitney Houston is really the premiere African-American pop star. While Janet Jackson is a contemporary, Whitney appealed in a way that was different. Her voice was the center of her talent. She did not need auto-tune, background dancers, or gimmickry to appeal to us. She just stood there and sing.

Many young singers have referenced Whitney Houston and her impact in their lives. Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, and Glee's Amber Riley are among the singers who honestly taken her appeal to the next level by letting their voice shine above above and beyond anything else.

Another thing Whitney Houston gave us was a certain class of performer. She never deemed it necessary to be scantily clad or streak her hair just for shock appeal. And even her darkest moments, she exuded a light that was one of kind.

When I think of the show "The Voice," her voice is one of those you automatically know as a the in front of it. It is the standard for vocal ability and real emotional power across any and every genre. Ironically enough, she was recently considered a possible judge by X Factor Executive Producer and Judge Simon Cowell to be a judge in the upcoming season. And to be honest, I cannot think of too many more qualified performers to do so.

Whitney's legacy continues even now after her death.

One Year Later

The first anniversary of Whitney's death follows a year of controversy, fighting, and heartache for Whitney's family, friends, and music industry colleagues.

In late 2012, Whitney's mother, brother, sister-in-law, and daughter were featured on the Lifetime reality show, The Houstons: On Our Own. Much like the reality show chronicling the lives of Michael Jackson's brothers following his death, it shows the family dealing with everyday life and family drama. One story that is featured is daughter Bobbi Kristina's relationship with her "adopted" brother Nick. While many media reports had them engaged, in the end the two decided to remain friends.

Also under scrutiny was mother Cissy's handling of Bobby Brown and his family at Whitney's funeral, it was said she had them escorted out of the funeral for causing a ruckus. More controversy was unleashed when Cissy penned a book about her life and Whitney's dissing Brown as a husband. Granddaughter Bobbi Kristina- openly opposed the book and the motivations behind it.

On the industry side of Whitney's death, the Grammys held a tribute to Whitney in November and will air a special documentary capturing how they rescheduled the program last year to deal with her death.

While we will never hear Whitney's voice live again, we can continue to honor her legacy in film and song.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

What a great tribute. The first song I learned on the piano was "I Believe the Children Are Our Future". *sigh* That voice, oh man, that beautiful voice!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

You wrote a beautiful, touching, positive tribute here. It is nice to remember Houston's accomplishments over the decades rather than her untimely demise. She had such talent and a flourishing career. Well written and well done!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I applaud you Alecia on this beautiful tribute to Whitney Houston. Your respect and admiration of this woman was obvious through your words. Whitney will never be forgotten and her music and movies will always be treasured. Thank you for this tribute. Outstanding!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

It's so hard to believe she's gone. I had forgotten all about her song So Emotional. I think I need to listen to it now. Voted up!


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

Bravo Alecia,Bravo!

Written with beauty,grace and elegance as her voice.She will always be remembered for that voice,that beautiful,beautiful,soul stirring voice that gives us goosebumps.

I have her very first LP,album with her hair slicked back and yes it's in very good condition,one day I'll play it for my grandchildren,she'll never be forgotten.

Gone too soon.

Great hub Alecia!

Thank you!!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Wonderful tribute Alecia. You chose the perfect videos and songs to immortilize her voice. Thank you for sharing your tribute to a shining star added to heaven.

Voted Up!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Brava Alecia--great tribute to a wonderfully talented lady!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Alecia....a simply perfect tribute to an incredible talent with the voice of all voices! Whitney will be missed by millions and never ever forgotten. Her music and movies will live on and on. My heart goes out to her family & all those close to her. May she rest in peace.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

What an astounding tribute to a beautiful talented singer, actress and mother--- of which we will never see another one like her again, not in this life time anyway.

And one day I pray that her daughter Bobbi Kristina reads this lovely hub, as it was created from the heart to share with others who loved her. She gave us so much pleasure and joy from sharing her good times with us, and now we can give a little back with tributes such as the one you have written, Alecia, and I thank you.

I voted up, awesome and beautiful

Bobbi


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I loved her voice. She has one of the most pure voices I've ever heard. Thank you for coming by Cyndi.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Tammy. I know while we all have questions about really happened, I still think it's important to remember why we loved her talent.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Sunshine. I agree that Whitney will never be forgotten and I hope that even though she lived hard and died way too young, we can continue to spread hope through how she touched others.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Jeannie,

I agree. It's always hard to hear things like that about any celeb let alone an icon of her magnitude. This is probably the biggest tragedy since MJ. And I love So Emotional as well. Thank you for coming by and commenting.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Keli,

I loved how she carried herself and I agree her voice always gives us chills everytime we heard it. I agree she is one of those artists you tell you kids and grandkids about. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Lisa! I hope she really is smiling in heaven tonight.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Audrey!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi fpherj48,

Thank you for coming by and commenting. I don't think she will be forgotten. And I hope her family is doing well also.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Bobbi,

I agree that her talent is once in a lifetime. And her influence and impact will never leave us anytime soon just like other legends we have lost. I hope that Bobbi Kristina will also take comfort in what her mother gave her. And I hope that we remember her positive impact on the world.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

You did a great job. I had not seen that Canada Dry commercial in many years. She had such a beautiful voice. This kind of thing always is a shock.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Alecia, dear, you are getting better and better at this tributes and I praise your honest words. Whitney is gons but Bobbi Kristina is left behind with undone issues of her own age. Hope her family gets the privacy needed. Thanks for taking your time in writing this amazing hub!

LORD


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pedrn44 4 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

A beautiful tribute to the talented and beautiful Whitney Houston. She is at peace, free from her demons. Unfortunately the loved ones she left behind, her daughter especially, are broken hearted and suffering her loss. Voted up. Thanks for sharing:) Am looking forward to Jennifer Hudson's Tribute to Whitney at the Grammy's tonight.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Express10,

I agree that this is always a shock and I hope that people remember her talent. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Lord,

Thank you so much for your comments. I hope Bobbi Kristina gets the help she needs at this terrible time.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Pedrn44,

I agree she is finally at peace but her poor daughter has this weight to bear. I am also looking forward to Jennifer Hudson's performance tonight. Thank you for coming by and commenting.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I was waiting for you hub on this tragic event. The videos add an excellent reminder of her talent. This is a great tribute. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

She did have such a unique voice. I feel so sorry for her and Bobby's daughter now.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Alocsin,

Thank you so much for coming by and commenting. I really hope I don't have to do this type of hub anytime soon again.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Jackie,

Thank you so much for coming by and I agree with your sentiments. I feel terrible for her daughter.


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blessing980306 4 years ago

Hi Alecia,I don't know you but you know my Aunt Linda!:)I am huge Whitney Houston fan!She was always one of my favorite R&B singers of all time!As a teen ager I would sit in my room for

hrs dancing to her & Micheal Jaskson too!:)But Whitney had a voice and beauty that was rare!She will be missed & I know the gates to heaven are wide open for her!So young to have left us but her legacy will forever live on.Great blog thank you for sharing her great Legacy!God Bless you always Whitney!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Blessing980306,

Cool beans. You have the same great taste as your Aunt Linda. I agree that there's nothing like her voice. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

What a beautiful tribute you've written to a singer and actress whose early career years were marked by an amazing voice, poise and that gorgeous smile. Even though Mariah Carey's voice has been compared to Whitney's, I don't think anyone has ever matched her transcendent vocals.

I've dreaded for so long that Whitney would leave us too soon because she seemed caught in that downward spiral that so few can escape. Today I am deeply saddened by the news of her death. She was a major talent and a beautiful person. My heart aches for her daughter.


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

I totally love her voice despite some bad things people day about her...

voted up


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Alecia, thank you for this lovely tribute to Whitney Houston. I was shocked to hear of her death. She will always be fondly remembered. Voted up.


Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

A beautiful tribute Alecia. Thank you


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Such a wondeful and very fitting hub for everyone's Golden Girl.

Thanks for sharing and take care.

Eddy.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Very well written tribute. We will all miss her. She was one of a kind.


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wmhseo 4 years ago from Canada

We Will Always Love You by: Whitney Houston is one of my favorite song of all times.


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

One of the best if not the best singer of my time. Thanks for sharing


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Great Hub Alecia. That version of the National Anthem at the the Super Bowl years ago was by far the best ever performed. Voted up!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi JayeWisdom,

I agree that everyone's voice at some point has been compared to hers, but she had a one of a kind voice and talent.

I think it was at the back of alot of our minds that we may see her gone too soon and tragically it came to fruition. At least she is at peace and I wish the best for her daughter as well. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Ian,

I completely agree. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Cloverleaf,

I agree I was shocked to hear this news as well. Thank you for coming by and commenting.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Duchess,

Thank you for dropping by and commenting.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Eiddwen,

Thank you for coming by and commenting.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Rlaha,

I agree she was one of a kind. Thanks for stopping by!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Wmsheo,

I agree that song is iconic. Thank you for commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Cebutouristspot,

I agree completely she was one of the best singers of all time. Thank you for coming by and commenting.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Weestro,

I agree that her National Anthem was the best version. Thanks for commenting!


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R9139 4 years ago

Very well written tribute, great work


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Nice tribute to a great voice that was taken much too early. I like the theme of the tribute of looking at all the many awesome things she did versus....the what could have beens...voted up and awesome.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Rob for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Cogerson,

I agree she was gone too soon like so many. And it's hard enough hearing such horrendous news and speculation without the truth being the defining component. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Beautiful tribute to one of the most talented women of all time. God bless you Whitney.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Alecia, Whitney's career parallels my marriage. I think I have all her earlier albums on cassettes. All the successes you mention above were from her truly God-given talent. I hope the media remembers those things. All of us have faults, but her talents and her faith and loyalty to family should be in the forefront. I cried as her casket was taken out of New Hope church, but I know we'll see her again. Now my prayers are for her mother, daughter, family, and friends to find comfort in all the wonderful memories she created. Thanks for SHARING!!

Votes and shared! :-)


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful tribute to Whitney Houston. And, also a great overview of her life and career. I always liked her and enjoyed her music over the years. I, too, was saddened when she married Bobby Brown, but they did produce a lovely daughter. I really thought she would conquer her addictions - there wasn't anything she couldn't do, we all thought. But it wasn't meant to be. She is at peace,finally. I feel badly for her daughter having to lose her mother at such a young age.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie Day,

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and I completely agree she was dynamically talented and gone way too soon.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Susan,

I agree that her talent was purely God-given and just like anyone who is not here to defend themselves in death, the media has to respect those who truly knew and loved her's memories. I did not cry but I was definitely sad for her loved ones, especially her mother and daughter. Thank you for coming by and sharing your thoughts.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Suzettenaples,

Thank you so much for coming by. As much as we lament what happened at the end of her life, we can only celebrate what she gave us in such a short time. I hope she is truly at peace. Thank you for coming by and sharing your thoughts.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Thank you Alecia for writing this beautiful tribute to a uniquely talented artist, who will continue to inspire and be fondly remembered by music lovers across the globe. I don't remember when I started to listen to Whitney, but I just could not stop listening to her, after 'I wanna dance with somebody'. Voted up.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I agree Sen.sush23, that her talent will continually be remembered by those of us who continue to love her music and how she touched us with that voice. Thank you so much for commenting and stopping by.


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molometer 4 years ago

A lovely tribute to an amazing talent. gone too soon. The video's were great.

We have to ask. What is going on? we seem to be losing these talented people at an alarming rate.

Voted up awesome and beautiful.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I agree Molometer, this keeps happening too much! Thanks for coming by and commenting.


alston85 4 years ago

Alecia, thanks for the wonderful memories. I loved Whitney's voice and still get butterflies in my stomach when I hear her sing. Superb coverage. Voted up!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I agree Alston85, her voice still gives us butterflies. Thank you for commenting!


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discovery2020 4 years ago from TEXAS

Elvis, Michael and Whitney all too young. You honor Whitney with your eloquence.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you discovery2020! I completely agree they all went too young.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

She was a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. You did a great tribute to her

I voted this Hub UP, etc.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Alecia, I used to sing along to all Whitneys songs, and was so upset when she died, I still have all of the records and play them all the time, great hub, nell


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you so much mary615 :).


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Birthday to Whitney. We will always love you.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I know Nell. It was upsetting to hear she passed but I'm glad for the music she gave us. It's hard to hear her voice at times but I am glad we have it to remember her by.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Sunshine :)!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

One of my favorite stars. A great talent though her personal life was a bit messy. Thanks for sharing!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Michelle!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank wmhseo, sorry for the late response :0!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Alecia, you always give such wonderful reviews of musicians, and this one is no exception. I loved Whitney's voice-it was always clear, strong, emotional and calming. It was such a tragedy that she died the way she did. I'm sure there was constant stress and pressure on her. She was a beautiful, classy, and talented woman. Thanks for sharing; the videos are wonderful and I especially liked the comparison to Janet Jackson-what a keen observation and description of the differences in style!

Up/U/I and will share. :)


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

I agree- Whitney's voice was always instantly recognizable and always pure. I wish she was here to know how much people wanted her to win instead of succumbing to the stresses of her life in the spotlight. Thank you so much for the compliment and for coming by!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I still feel very sad that Whitney passed away under such tragic circumstances...for she deserved much better than to have collapsed under so much pressure. Thanks for sharing, Alecia. As usual, your music hubs are outstanding!! Passing this around.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Michelle,

I agree- she deserved so much better but I hope the public can let her rest in peace finally. Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

No one can sing the National Anthem like Whitney Houston. She is in a class all by herself and always was. She has God-given singing talent that no one could take away from her. It is so sad, and tragic that her life took a downturn and she left us way too soon. You are right - she will always be remembered for her beautiful voice and we all have great memories of her songs! Thanks for a wonderful overview of her life and career!


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

I remember when Whitney Houston first became popular when I was in high school. She was amazing: beautiful, talented, and that voice! Most of the talented singers out there will never come close to that voice. It is so sad how things ended, and how she was often treated like a freak show by the media. I love how you honor her memory in this hub. Thank you!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Suzette,

I agree- her life was taken way too soon but at least we can remember her talent. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Radcliff,

I think she went down the same road as Michael Jackson- their troubles overshadowed their successes but her voice is the one and only. Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Alecia, very nice information about Whitney Houston. She paved the way for so many artists and to this day singers strive to sing her songs and do it justice. She was one of my favorites and I was sad to see her decline and ultimate death. Nice hub.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Careermommy,

I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this hub! Thanks for coming by and commenting.

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