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Whitney Houston Biography

Whitney Houston (9.8.1963 - 11.2.2012)

Whitney Houston is a multi-award winning American pop and soul singer, as well as an actress and former fashion model.

Whitney Houston: Childhood

Whitney Houston was raised in a poor area of Newark, New Jersey, by her father, John Houston and her mother Cissy Houston. Along with her mother, her cousins Dee Warwick and Dionne Warwick and her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Whitney is a notable figure in a number of genres, including pop, soul, gospel and rhythm and blues.

Following the Newark riots in 1967, the Houston family moved to West Orange, a more middle class part of New Jersey.

Whitney began performing at the age of 11, when she started to perform as a soloist at the New Hope Baptist Church's junior gospel choir. As a child, she was influenced by the music of Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack and Gladys Knight.

Whitney Houston: Music & Film Career

At the age of 14, Whitney Houston was the lead vocalist on the Michael Zager band's 'Life's A Party', then sang backing vocals on Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman' (which would later become a massive solo hit for Whitney). She also sang backing vocals for Jermaine Jackson and Lou Rawls as well as taking on lead vocals on the album Paul Jabara and Friends: Featuring The Weather Girls, Leata Galloway & Whitney Houston.

Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, was so impressed with a live performance of Whitney's, that he immediately offered her a worldwide recording contract. Whitney's self-titled debut album was released in 1985, with slow-burning global success. Both 'How Will I Know?' and 'Greatest Love Of All' became number one hits for Whitney Houston. At the time, it was the fastest selling debut album by a solo female, though Britney Spears has since taken that title.

Houston's second album, Whitney, was released in 1987 and featured four number one singles including 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)' and 'Didn't We Almost Have It All'. She became the second highest African-American entertainer in the US, after Bill Cosby.

Released in 1990, Whitney Houston's third album, I'm Your Baby Tonight had a more urban sound and featured Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Babyface and L.A. Reid.

In 1992, Whitney Houston starred in The Bodyguard, opposite Kevin Costner. The film was a massive global success, as was its soundtrack, which featured Whitney singing 'I Will Always Love You' (originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton). She was promptly ranked third behind Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand in Forbes' list of top earning female entertainers.

Three years later, Whitney Houston starred opposite Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon and Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale. The soundtrack album featured Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton and Aretha Franklin.

In 1996, Houston starred in The Preacher's Wife, a comedy starring Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance. She went on to feature in an African-American remake of Cinderella, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Bernadette Peters.

Whitney Houston returned to the recording studio with the release of My Love Is Your Love, in November 1998. The album was produced by Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean and Rodney Jerkins and featured a duet with Mariah Carey, 'When You Believe' and another with Faith Evans and Kelly Price, 'Heartbreak Hotel'.

2002 saw the release of Whitney's fifth studio album, Just Whitney. Her husband at the time, Bobby Brown contributed to the production of the album.

Following years of speculation regarding her health, her marriage and possible drug use, Whitney Houston released a new album in August 2009. Entitled The Ultimate Collection, the album features the singles 'Million Dollar Bill' and 'I Look To You'. Whitney Houston performed live on UK TV, as a guest performer on an episode of X Factor, which is judged by Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue.

Whitney Houston: Personal Life

Having previously been romantically linked to the actor Eddie Murphy and American Footballer Randall Cunningham, Whitney Houston went on to marry Bobby Brown. Their marriage ended in February 2007, when a divorce was finalized, amid years of speculation regarding abuse within the marriage and drug use by both parties.

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The Latest Whitney Houston News

Restraining Order Extended Against Bobbi Kristina Brown's Husband

17th April 2014

Whitney Houston's sister-in-law has been granted an extension to a restraining order she obtained against the husband of the late...

Bobby Brown Allowed To Pursue Defamation Suit Over Whitney Houston Affair Allegations

7th April 2014

Former R&B bad boy Bobby Brown has been given the go-ahead to pursue legal action against the editors of a...

Alexandra Burke Lands West End Role

28th March 2014

Alexandra Burke is to make her West End theatre debut.The 'Bad Boys' hitmaker - who shot to fame after winning...

Whitney Houston's Sister-in-law Obtains Restraining Order Against Bobbi Kristina's Husband

27th March 2014

Whitney Houston's sister-in-law has obtained a restraining order against the new husband of the late singer's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown...

Rita Ora: My New Song Is Like Whitney Houston

25th March 2014

Rita Ora has likened her new single to Whitney Houston.The 23-year-old singer will launch her second studio album with comeback...

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Whitney Houston Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Sparkle 2012, Review by Rich Cline

An energetic cast and some terrific music make up for the rather hackneyed plot of...

The Princess Diaries 2001, Review by Pete Croatto

Anne Hathaway is a gorgeous, young woman with a gentle screen charisma. It's hard...

The Bodyguard 1992, Review by Don Willmott

A soundtrack in search of a story, The Bodyguard will entertain you for sure, but...

The Bodyguard (1992) 1992, Review by Don Willmott

A soundtrack in search of a story, The Bodyguard will entertain you for sure, but...

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The Latest Whitney Houston Press Releases

Whitney Houston's Final Film 'Sparkle' Out On Dvd In The UK On 11th February 2013

1st February 2013

An Unforgettable Cast, including Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, CeeLo Green, Derek Luke...

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obiajulu

whitney this is just a trying moment.for the fact that u are still alive today means that God loves u.it will soon be over.i love ur musics.i am praying for u.it will soon be over.remember jesus is still the answer.so turn to him,he will make u whiter than snow.its well with u.

7 years 11 months ago
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tusana wille

waoo thanx god ur back, i luv and i wish u all the best on ur singing career

7 years 1 month ago
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Stace

I'm new to this site and am writing from New Zealand.I've been a big fan of Whitney since the 80's.Although she's had a whirlwind life with husband Bobby I believe that whatever she's been through can only make her a stronger person both professionally and personally. I still get goose bumps when I hear her "I will always love you" and "You give good love" Tracks.And her beauty, charisma and singing abilities are unmatched.

8 years 4 months ago
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Please Whitney ignore all who rise up against U read Psalms 27 and Romans 8:28. The devil is a liar and the father of such. I encourage U 2 seek God Matthew 6:33. He is waiting 2 hear from U. He wants 2 heal U. He wants U 2 B a great testimony 2 the World that Whitney Houston shall rise again and sing 4 His glory. There are many, many , many people praying 4 U. B encouraged my Sister and B strong.MisieLondon, UK

7 years 12 months ago
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Migs

Hi Whitney !!!We hope you're very fine everyday . Please ignore those write ups against you. What matter is how you helped and inspired a lot through your songs . Also, we hope that you'll record a new album very soon . A great comeback for a great artist . Suggestion for your next album : inspirational songs and some revivals like "don't cry out loud" ( i think this song fits with your very powerful voice) thanks and God Bless

7 years 9 months ago
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Stace

Miss Whitney. You've been blessed with an amazing voice, acting talents and priveledged into super stardom. If you could turn back the hand of time, what would you do? Because you believed the children are the future. You always said you could give good love. And you promised that you'd be saving all your love for us. But if you could be in One moment in time, I hope that time will bring you Joy and happiness, but above all of this we your fans wish you Love. But How will I know? But just remember that your love is my love and it would take an eternity to break us, and the chains of amistad couldn't hold us.Fight the demons that hold you back, come back to us.Please.Stace.

8 years 3 weeks ago
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abse

WOOOW,,i'm shockced,,surprized and heartbroken,,Whitney everyday i log in to inernet hoping to find goog news and it only gets worse..anywayz i don't know what to right but let me tell u this,,i lost my parents scince i was a baby i never saw them or even have any memory of them which makes me an orphan,,and i was 11 when they told me that i was like:yea so what,,like i didn't care and now i'm turning 19 and every single i'm hurt and sad cuz i dunno yhem,,but i swear i realized that i'm hurt more when i hear these heartbreaking news about u,,u know why cuz ur my savior,,my mom brought me to light and left me and u kept me alive,,so please keep e alive and breathing,,and the music bussines is so wrong without u,,so get ur mind right and come back..And i'll keep telling u this as long as i'm breathing: I Need You,We Need You..Luv Ya AlwaysUr #1 Loyal Fan..Salam

8 years 1 week ago
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abse

Finally good news,,finally i'm smiling..Mis. Whitney you did a very good thing for u and for ur family,,and keep it on n never look back..Goodluck from the bottom of my heart..ur loyal #1 fanNadaSalam

8 years 3 hours ago
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WOW! Whitneys looking good, she was in good shape at the BET awards, loved her hair.She is now stronger than ever. It's good to see she's back in the studio woking on her new album with longtime record producer Clive David. She will be back on top off the charts before you know it it's were she belongs. she is going to be the biggest comeback artist next year. goooo Whitney!

8 years 5 months ago
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startuss

you cant get better when you already are the best.Whitney Houston "the Diva of all times".

8 years 5 months ago
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