“The Voice” is Silenced: Whitney Houston Dead at 48

by MSO

Whitney Houston in 2010 on her "Nothing but Love" world tour promoting her final album "I Look to You".

Whitney Houston, alternatively called “The Queen of Pop” or more simply “The Voice” died on February 11, 2012. Whitney Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1963. Her mother, Cissy Houston was a prominent gospel singer and her father John Houston was an entertainment executive. She was a cousin of singer Dionne Warwick and godchild of the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin.

Houston began her singing career as a member of a gospel choir at the age of 11. Soon after she began performing with her mother in night clubs in New York City. In her late teens she began singing backup vocals for Chaka Khan, Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson. Her debut album, Whitney Houston, was released in 1985 and peaked at number 3 on US Billboard charts.

Hoston’s personal life started to suffer by the late 1990s. Her marriage to Bobby Brown in 1992 was plagued by drugs, alcohol, infidelities and scandal. The couple met at the Soul Train Music Awards in 1989. “We are crazy for one another.” said Houston. “I mean crazy in love, love, love, love, love. When we’re fighting, it’s like that’s love for us. We’re fighting for our love.” The couple had one daughter Bobby Kristina Houston Brown who was born in 1993.

Continued drug usage led to missed appointments and scheduled concerts and television show appearances had to be cancelled. Her voice suffered becoming raspy and she was no longer able to hit the high notes for which she had been famous. Houston filed for divorce from Bobby Brown in 2006. After her divorce became final in 2007 she struggled with rehab before declaring that she was finally drug-free on Oprah in 2010. Her last album, I Look to You, which was released in 2009, went platinum and things finally seemed to be looking up. She launched a world tour but the damage to her voice was insurmountable.

Houston is the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records. Her awards included two Emmy Awards, Six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards. Houston sold more than 170 million albums and singles worldwide.

Houston also rose to Hollywood fame when she started her acting career with her first movie The Bodyguard which was released in 1992. The single from that movie I Will Always Love You became the best-selling single of all time by a female performer. Subsequent movies included Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife. She recently finished filming Sparkle which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes. Houston was cast as Emma, the mother of the main character, Sparkle. Singers/actors Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green also starred in the movie. The movie has not yet been released.

Read more:

Whitney Houston | Access Hollywood Interview

Whitney Houston Dies at 48 | Fox News

Whitney Houston Died at 48 | TMZ.com

 

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