Whitney Houston Biography
“I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.” — Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston, whose credits include “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, is one of the best selling artists ever. She released her first album and age 22 and collectively, throughout the course of her career, she sold over 200,000,000 records. Her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston, topped the Billboard 400 for 14 weeks. Three songs from the album were on the Billboard Hot 100. Her debut album is one of the best selling albums of all time, with over 22 million copies sold. She is the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any female artist and tied with Michael Jackson for the most AMA’s won in a particular year, winning 8 in 1994.
Her second studio album, Whitney, became a Diamond certified album in 2020, making her become the only black artist to have three 10x Platinum LP’s. In the same year she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1992, Houston starred in The Bodyguard — her acting debut. The movie was about an ex Secret Service agent who takes a job to protect an R&B Singer. The soundtrack to the movie became the best selling movie soundtrack of all time, selling over 45 million copies worldwide.
Considered one of the greatest singers of all time, she passed away in 2012 at 48 from an accidental drowning. Her credits include 7 Albums, 7 Films, 7 World Tours, 5 Regional Tours. She received 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy’s, 14 World Music Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, and 28 Guinness World Records. Active from 1977 until her death in 2012, she was considered one of the greatest R&B voices.
Whitney began singing as a child in her local church. By 11, she was performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. In high school she sang as a backup singer for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. By 19 she signed with Clive Davis. Davis, an American record producer, lawyer and music executive, was known for fostering young talent. He is credited with bringing Whitney to prominence. “I’m the keeper of the flame for Whitney Houston. She was the greatest… and I don’t want the world to forget that” he is quoted as saying. She began recording Whitney Houston in 1983. During this time, she also worked as a fashion model and would appear in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Young Miss and she became the first black woman to appear on Seventeen.
She enjoyed tremendous success throughout the 80’s and 90’s, but by the 2000’s her struggle with drug addiction began to take a toll on her. It is reported that she struggled throughout most of the decade, and in 2012 she would pass away from an accidental drowning believed to be caused by a drug overdose.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which One Was Whitney Houston’S First Song?
“Saving All My Love for You” was Whitney Houston’s first number-one single, released in 1985. It appeared on her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston. The song was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, with an arrangement by Jermaine Jackson.
What Was Whitney Houston’S First Performance?
Whitney Houston’s first performance was at the New York City nightclub, The Bottom Line, in 1977. She was only 17 years old at the time. Her debut album, Whitney Houston, was released in 1985 and featured the hit single “Saving All My Love for You.” She went on to have a hugely successful career in music and film, until her untimely death in 2012.
Who Wrote Whitney Houston Greatest Love Of All?
The song “Greatest Love of All” was written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed. It was originally recorded by George Benson for the film The Greatest, which starred Muhammad Ali. Whitney Houston’s version of the song was released in 1985, and it quickly became a hit.
Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You?
There are few songs more iconic and well-loved than Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” The song has been covered by countless artists, but no one has ever been able to match Houston’s original performance.
Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Houston’s crossover appeal on the pop charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.