Black History

In the Spotlight #1 – Whitney Houston

14/02/2014

If you ever visited my first blog – colour–love.blogspot.com you’d remember I did two monthly features – ‘Model of the Month’ and ‘On the Canvas.’ It came back to me when I was idle one day that I should start the feature again! And so here it is. This monthly feature will be about anything and anyone I find interesting.

This month will be about Whitney Houston. Why Whitney Houston? This month just a few days ago marks the second year she passed away. It was, in my opinion, only the best way to start ‘In the Spotlight’ feature again, acknowledging a remarkable artist and actress.

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Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American entertainer. One of the best-selling music artists worldwide selling over 200 million records, Houston’s career was no doubt a successful one.

Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey to parents John Russell Houston Jr and Cissy Houston. Houston was exposed directly to a line of notable singers such as one being her mother it was almost inevitable that she’d follow in her footsteps. As Houston grew up as a Baptist where she began to perform in the gospel choir and learned the piano. Her musical roots had begun around the age of 11 years old and as she grew up into her teenage years, her mother continued to teach her how to sing.

Houston’s solo career began in 1985 when she released her debut album Whitney Houston which became the best-selling album to be released by a woman at the time.

Whitney Houston’s rising career came around the same time Michael Jackson went solo from the Jackson’s 5. She was his equivalent as his success was influencing young black men so was Houston’s success with young black women crossing over into mainstream music becoming an internationally recognised artist.

Houston went onto releasing many successful singles and albums during the 80s and 90s such as ‘Saving All My Love for You’, ‘Thinking About You’, and ‘How Will I Know’ introducing her to MTV where she recorded a video for the song. In the late 1980s she courted Bobby Brown, eventually marrying in 1992. In the same year, Houston acted in her first film role, The Bodyguard featuring Kevin Costner. It was in this film where Houston’s version of ‘I Will Always Love You’ has been regarded as her “signature song.” The following year Houston welcomed her first and only child Bobby Kristina in 1993.

During the rest of the 90s Houston career veered towards acting including Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife and ending with another album My Love Is Your Love. In the last decade Houston experienced personal struggles one being her divorce with Bobby Brown, issues with her daughter and drugs.

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On 11th February 2012, Whitney Houston was found unconscious in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in her bathtub; she was later pronounced dead.

A much loved artist even ‘till this day, Whitney’s music still lives on. At the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, a stage musical of the film The Bodyguard written by Alexander Dinelaris, based on the original 1992 film opened 5th December 2012.

She is survived by her mother Cissy Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Photos from Google Images

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