Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012)

Whitney Houston was an icon. She was an American singer and actress. Guinness world records cited her as the most awarded singer of all time. She was also the best-selling artist of all time selling over 200 million copies worldwide. Best known for hits like I will always love you, I look to you, I wanna dance with somebody. Her beautiful voice was a favorite worldwide.

Background

She was born on August 9th, 1963. Her mother Cissy Houston being a musician taught her to sing early in life. Growing up she met and interacted with big names in the music industry courtesy to her mother. She was the goddaughter to Darlene Love and Aretha Franklin was her honorary aunt.

As a child, she started singing in church and later as a background vocalist at High school.

At 19, she signed to Arista Records where she first released her first two studio albums Whitney Houston (1985) and Whitney (1987). The albums were successful hence topping the billboard 200 US.

Acting Career

Her first acting role was in the movie, The Bodyguard in 1992 co-starring Steven Costner. She sang the film’s soundtrack, I will always Love you, originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1974. Her rendition was a success topping the Billboard 100 for 14 weeks consecutively. She became the best-selling solo artist with a sale of 20 million copies. 

Her star in the movie industry continued to rise. She starred in movies like Waiting to exhale, The preachers’ wife and was a fairy godmother in Cinderella in 1995-1997

After 8 years of recording movie soundtracks, she went back to the studio and recorded her My love is your Love album in 1998. She played with different Genres in the album making it more relaxed than her previous songs. She collaborated with various artists. All the singles became international hits selling 11 million copies worldwide.

Personal Struggles and Death

Whitney admitted to using drugs in the course of her music career. She had become indifferent to her work, missing rehearsals, canceling interviews. Her physique changed and rumors circulated that she was addicted to drugs. 

She divorced her husband Bobby Brown after being married for 15 years and gained the sole custody of their only daughter, Bobbi Kristina. She had been battling drug addiction for most of her life. She died on February 11, 2012, after she accidentally drowned in the bathtub of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Paramedics reported that she died due to heart disease and cocaine use.