Whitney Houston Artist Profile
Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey to John Russell Houston, Jr. and Cissy Houston. Coming from a musically-gifted family, Whitney started singing at the young age of 7 and by 11 years old was performing at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. In her teens, she toured with her mother as a back-up singer; she also started modeling and even appeared on the cover of Seventeen. In 1983, Whitney signed a recording contract with Arista Records.
Her self-titled debut album was released in 1985 and sold over 13 million copies in the United States. This was followed by her second album Whitney in 1987 which topped the U.S. album charts. Her third album I'm Your Baby Tonight came out in 1990, followed by My Love Is Your Love in 1998. In 2002 she released the album Just Whitney, a Christmas album titled One Wish in 2003, and her final album I Look to You in 2009.
Whitney also branched out into acting and appeared on such films as The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife. She has received over 400 awards from various award-giving bodies including the Grammy and Emmy.
In 1992, Whitney married R&B singer Bobby Brown, but the couple eventually divorced in 2007. They have a teenage daughter named Bobbi Kristina.
In 2011 she was set to produce and appear in the movie Sparkle. The said film is scheduled to be released by TriStar Pictures on August 17, 2012. Sadly, Whitney died on February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
Whitney Houston's greatest hits include "How Will I Know," "Saving All My Love For You," "Greatest Love of All," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," "All the Man That I Need," "I'm Your Baby Tonight," "You Give Good Love" and "I Will Always Love You."
10 Quotes About Music by Whitney Houston
"God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?"
"When I heard Aretha, I could feel her emotional delivery so clearly. It came from down deep within. That's what I wanted to do."
“Growing around (great musicians), you just can't help it. I identified with it immediately. It was something that was so natural to me that when I started singing, it was almost like speaking.”
“Being around people like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Roberta Flack had a great impact on me as a singer, as a performer, as a musician.”
"I feel ready to move on, grow up and make great music again.”
"I can just give my influence as best as I can. You know, there'll be the ups and there'll be the downs and there'll be the all arounds. But you have your belief and your faith and your determination; the encouragers, the people who encourage you to do the best that you can."
"You have to know when to slow that train down and kinda just sit back and just relax for a minute. You know what I'm saying? And kinda have a life."
"I was singing by the time I was 7 years old. I'm the daughter of Cissy Houston. I'm the cousin of Dionne Warwick. My cousin Deedee was a singer. My whole family sang, I come from a family of singers."
"I feel so blessed to just have done what I had done. To be able to just use what God has given me is a blessing. You know, never mind the Grammys, never mind the records, never mind all of that. Just to be able to sing."
"You know, when I stand on stage and when I look out at the audience and I'm singing and I look at people's faces, I know what's in their hearts and I know what they're feeling. And as long as that's happening, for me as long as I keep that rapport, I'll keep singing."