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Whitney Houston

Whitney Houstons Ups And Downs

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A film actress and singer that was born on August 9, 1963. A resident of Newark, New Jersey, Whitney Houston grew up around singing legend Aretha Franklin (who was her godmother); her mother was also a choir director at their church and her cousin was a well known singer. Whitney Houston was well on her way to becoming a great singer from an early age, and her career definitely showed that as she went on. Whitney Houston was discovered by the well-known Clive Davis, while she was performing at a night club, Whitney Houston went on from there to become one of the greatest voices in music for her time.

The Way Up

Whitney Houston was mainly known for her music. Her first album, which was self-titled, was released in 1985. This was an immediate hit, and millions of records were sold. Her singles dominated the top of the pop music charts for weeks and weeks during that first year that it was out, and she got her first Grammy Award for one of her most well known singles, "Saving All My Love for You".

Whitney Hosuton's second album was released in 1987, less than 2 years after her debut album was released, and it was named Whitney. This album ended up being one of her best known albums, especially for the song “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” This song is still played on mix stations all over the country and many people who were children of the 1980’s still love everything that Whitney had to offer during this period of time – it was pure magic, and her concerts were alive with excitement. Her world tour was one of the most well attended up to that time.

Whitney Houston even had the honor of singing at Nelson Mandela’s birthday concert. While riding on her fame, Whitney Houston also put a lot of effort into helping charities, and she founded the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children during this time as well. This organization still helps needy children to this day. In 1992, while her life was still going in an amazing direction, Whitney Houston ended up marrying Bobby Brown.

Even though things were rocky in their relationship for the years that they were together (substance abuse on both of their parts, and domestic violence claims), Whitney Houston still worked on her career. She ended up acting a little bit during this time in her life; the main role she played was in The Bodyguard; but she also had roles in Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife. With each of the films that she was in, Whitney Houston also had at least one song that she performed on the soundtrack, which also helped to solidify her career as both and actress and a wildly popular singer. That being said, Whitney Houston was, in 2006, considered to be the female artist with the most awards in history (according to the Guinness Book of World Records).

The Whitney Houston Story: And the Sad Fall

Sadly, Whitney Houston could not stay on top for the long haul. In 1998, Houston released another album, and even though she won a Grammy for one of the singles, she was not very successful on the charts. She did, however, continue to do well in other venues, including a duet with Mariah Carey called “When You Believe;” which was featured in the animated version of the film Prince of Egypt.

Health issues, substance abuse, and a variety of other issues ended up plaguing Whitney Houston for years. She was losing weight at a rapid pace, and between 1998 and 2002, she canceled a number of concerts due to those problems. Then, everything started to get a lot worse as Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown went into the public eye via a reality TV show.  The reality TV show ended up showing all of the different issues that were going on in their marriage. Whitney Houston tried to continue to have a successful music career by releasing another CD, but she just could not get this album to do as well as the other albums had done.

In 2007, she had a huge fall. Her drug habit had taken a turn for the worse. Whitney Houston's relationship with Bobby Brown had been destroyed (they ended up getting divorced), and she had custody of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. She started to try putting her life back together, including trying to make another comeback with an album in 2009. Music lovers embraced the new music from this icon, but it was obvious that her voice was starting to go downhill at that point, and some critics made sure to mention this in reviews. It was discouraging, but the album still did relatively well, especially when compared with some of her attempts in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Before the death of WHitney Houston, on February 11th, 2012, Houston seemed to be getting everything in her life back on track. She was actually working on a musical with American Idol star, Jordin Sparks, which was meant to be a remake from the movie Sparkle, which was about an all female singing group trying to make it during the 1970’s. Houston was also being considered to help out on the talent competition known as The X Factor, as one of their judges.

Sadly, Whitney Houston ended up passing away much too soon, at the age of 48, due to accidental drowning in a room in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This was before any of the aforementioned plans could end up being completed. Between the drugs in her system and heart problems, Whitney Houston passed away during a weekend that was supposed to be for celebration. There was a party being held at the hotel by Clive Davis, before the Grammys were going to be held.

Her Legacy

When Houston passed away, many people in the music world mourned for her. She was one of the greats that ended up leaving the world way too early. She had left a huge legacy of music and acting that you can’t really find with a lot of performers nowadays. Houston has had a lot of things done in recent years in order to honor her memory and to embrace what she had done throughout her entire career. Many people have been known to state that she is among the best female singers, to be rated with Ella Fitzgerald and Gladys Knight. Her albums are still well received and do well in the market.

At the beginning of 2015, Whitney Houston’s Daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was found face down in a bathtub in her home in Rosewell, Georgia. She had already experienced some emotional issues after her mother passed away, and was already struggling with other issues with her grandmother. It was assumed that it was a suicide attempt, even though investigating was still occurring when this article was written. Also, at the time of this article’s writing, Bobbi Kristina was in a medically induced coma and recovering in the hospital under the watch of her father (Bobby Brown) and her grandmother, who have both been looking for help and support from the public regarding the young woman’s recovery.

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