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Whitney Houston Biography, Photo

Whitney Houston Biography, Photo.

Whitney Houston (09.08.1963 – 11.02.2012) – American singer and actress.

Early Life

Whitney Houston was born on 9 August 1963 in Newark, New Jersey. Her father, John Russell Houston, was a military man and her mother, Cissy Houston, worked as a singer. Whitney’s mother, godmother and cousins were well-known people in different musical genres like gospel, soul, pop and others. Whitney was the youngest child in the family.

When Houston was 11 she began to sing in the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church. Moreover, Whitney learned to play the piano there. Then she entered a Catholic girls’ high school in Caldwell. While there she made the acquaintance of Robyn Crawford who became her best friend. At the same time her mother taught her singing. It is also known that Whitney liked music of Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight and this had an influence on her future works.

Cissy Houston, her mother, performed in nightclubs and Whitney often appeared on stage with her. When Houston was 14 she sang with the Michael Zager Band. It was the single “Life’s a Party”. Afterwards Zager offered Whitney a recording contract but her mother was against because Houston had to finish school.

A year later she began to cooperate with Chaka Khan. Subsequently the song “I’m Every Woman” was included in The Bodyguard soundtrack album.

In the early eighties Whitney began to work as a fashion model. She cooperated with different fashion magazines like Cosmopolitan, Glamour and others. At the same time she worked with producers Martin Bisi, Bill Laswell and Michael Beinhorn.

In 1983 head of Arista Records Clive Davis made the acquaintance of Houston. He admired her talent and offered a recording contract. Whitney signed it. The first song was “Hold me” and she sang it with Teddy Pendergrass. This project made her famous.

Whitney Houston is famous as an actress, recording artist, fashion model and producer. She received a large number of prestige awards. Houston sold about 170 million singles, albums and videos all over the world. There are 7 studio albums created by Whitney. Moreover she released 3 movie soundtrack albums. Her debut album entitled Whitney Houston was released in 1985. At that time this album became the best-selling debut album by a female artist. She made a major contribution to pop music and several female singers followed in her footsteps.

Whitney Houston stared in The Bodyguard. The movie was released in 1992. The movie’s original soundtrack created by Houston won Grammy Award in 1994. It includes the famous song “I Will Always Love You” which became the best-selling single by a female singer. She also got a part in the movies The Preacher’s Wife and Waiting to Exhale. Whitney’s fourth, fifth and sixth studio albums were released in 1998, 2002 and 2003, respectively. The last album “I Look to You” was released in 2009.

On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston died in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for reasons not yet known.

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