On Saturday, February 11, 2012, the global music industry lost an incredible talent- Whitney Houston. The Grammy award-winning pop and R&B sensation was 48 years old.
The tragic news were confirmed by her publicist, Kristen Foster. The cause of her death is not yet known.
She was discovered in the 1970s by Arista Records music executive Clive Davis. With sales of over 170 million records, she was one of the best-selling female artists of all time; moreover, her version of our national anthem at the Super Bowl ranked as one of the greatest renditions in football competition’s history.
Houston’s trademark pipes and dynamic voice was an influence to countless female musicians, and she had seven consecutive songs peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” was her most successful single to date, spending an astonishing 14 weeks at the top of the charts.
Houston’s talents were not only limited to vocals. She was an actress (starring in such movies as The Bodyguard and The Preacher’s Wife, among other films), as well as a producer and model.
She is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, as well as her cousin, the legendary singer Dionne Warwick.
One thing’s for sure… her dedicated fans, peers, and listeners will “always love her,” and rightfully so. Houston will definitely go down as one of the greatest female vocalists in music history.
May she R.I.P.