“From the beginning, the camera and I were great friends.
I know the eye of the camera is on me- eye to eye. It loves me, and I love it.”- Whitney Houston (Whitney Houston Biography.com). Whitney Houston never gave up on her singing career, she was always focused until she came up on bad times. Even when her bad times came up and messed up things she still tried to stay positive.
Whitney Houston was a woman who faced many hardships, including a troubled marriage and drug abuse, however went on to become one of the best soul and pop musicians all time. Whitney Elizabeth Houston Brown was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, she almost seemed destined from birth to become a singer. Her mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick and Godmother Aretha Franklin were all legendary figures in American gospel, soul and pop music. She was no stranger to the entertainment industry, stemming from a line of singers and actresses. Not only did her mother’s vocal group, the sweet inspirations, sing backup for Aretha Franklin, But her cousin Dionne and Dee Dee are also renowned singers, as well as her Godmother, Darlene Love.1985, she released her debut album Whitney Houston and almost immediately because a smash pop sensation. Over the next year, her hit singles “Saving All My Love For You” and “How Will I Know” helped the album reach the top of the charts, where it stayed for 14 non-consecutive weeks. Houston followed the monumental success of her first album with a second release, Whitney, in 1987.
That record 2 went platinum many times over and won a Grammy for the single ” I Wanna Dance With Somebody( Who Loves Me)”, with a successful word four following. During a time, the singer also appeared at a concert for Nelson Mandela’s birthday and founded the Whitney Houston Foundation for children, a nonprofit organization that funds projects to help needy children over the world. In 1977, she was offered an opportunity to sign with a recording company, but her mother declined so she would finish high school.
In early 1980’s, at seventeen, she worked as a model, appearing, in several magazines including, “Seventeen”, where she became the first African American to be featured on the cover. She also took on acting gigs appearing in TV show episodes such as, “Gimme A Break” while continuing to develop her vocal skills. In 1983, she signed with”Arista Records”. President Clive Davis spent next couple years assembling lyricists and producers to balance her gospel-like sound with contemporary melodies. In 1985, her debut album, Whitney Houston gradually became the number one selling album of her career. She received numerous accolades and toured sold-out concerts in the U.
S and Europe. Throughout the late 1980’s, hits rocketed to the top of billboards charts. She reached a record of seven consecutive number one hits and became the first woman to produce four number-one singles from one album. In 1991 while contemplating an acting career and lead role in “The Bodyguard”, she performed legendary rendition of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. In 1992, she married singer Bobby Brown, who she had met a few years prior.
She accepted the role in “The Bodyguard”, and was pregnant with daughter, Bobbi Kristina for most of the filming.By 1992, Whitney Houston was on top of the world, but her life was about to get very complicated very quickly. That year she married the R&B singer Bobby Brown, formerly of New Edition, after a three-year engagement. At first the marriage was passionate and loving, but things turned sour as the decade progressed and both Brown And Houston battled substance abuse and increasingly erratic behavior, with Houston later alluding to emotional abuse from Brown and domestic violence. In spite of these growing personal troubles, houston continued to progress in her career, crossing over successfully into acting in 1992 by starring opposite Kevin Costner in the wildly popular The Bodyguard. With this project, she set a trend for her films to follow. Her smash single for the Bodyguard, a cover of Dolly Parton’s 1974 ” I Will Always Love You”, proved to be Houston’s biggest hit ever, spending a record-breaking 14 weeks atop the U.
S charts. The soundtrack album went on to win Houston three Grammys, including album of the year and record of the year. Later in the 1990’s Houston also starred in waiting to exhale and the preacher’s wife, both accompanied by hit soundtracks as well. In 1998, Houston released My Love Is Your Love, her first non-soundtrack studio album in many years, and it earned her another Grammy for the single “Its Not Right But Its Okay”. But the album could not top the chart performance of her previous full length releases.
However, her collaboration with Mariah Carey in the animated film The Prince Of Egypt produced a hit single, “When You Believe,” which won an Academy Award. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s Houston’s increasingly rocky marriage struggles with drugs and health problems threatened to derail her career. Houston appeared far too thin and in poor health led many to speculate that she was on the verge of a break down. Houston tried to ignore the controversy, charging ahead with her music by releasing just “Whitney”to combat her detractors, but it did not match the success of her earlier works. In spite of her troubled relationship, Houston was still celebrated as a singer, being named the most-awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records in 2006. In 2004, Bobby Brown began filming a reality show for Bravo entitled being Bobby Brown, Houston received substantial airtime. The show aired during the worst years of the couple’s crumbling marriage; drug use, lifestyle excess and bad behavior were all caught on tape and Houston reputation sunk to new loss.
Over the next few years, Houston attempted to repair her marriage and to break her drug habit, but after several relapses her mother Cissy had to step in as Houston. She released a new album, I Look To You, in 2009. “The songs themselves will speak to you and you’ll understand where I am and some of the changes I’ve gone through for the better,” Houston told entertainment tonight. The recording received a warm welcome from music fans, making it to the top album charts.
Whitney took a break from her career, divorced Bobby Brown in 2007 and she won custody of their child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. After almost a decade of struggling with her personal life, Houston seemed to be pulling herself together. Entering a romantic relationship with Brown and using drugs were her rebellion against it all.
Whitney did drugs to escape her pain. At first, she was able to keep her drug use hidden, but things got worse and worse. When she was using, she had no idea who she was or who you were and she became angry and lashed out. Enablers allowed Whitney to do what she wanted to do. Bobbi died at the age of 22, Sunday in an Atlanta-area hospice. Bobbi Kristina dealt with much tumult after the death of her mother. She was hospitalized immediately after the passing of Houston due to emotional trauma,Whitney was unconscious in her fourth floor suite.
Age of 48 on February 11,2012. The official cause of her death was accidental drowning. The effects of heart disease and drugs found in her system. Later spoke with Winfrey about returning to her mother’s home and feeling her mother’s presence. Houston left everything to her daughter. Bobbi had public conflicts with her grandmother over the publishing of the Houston biography remembering Whitney.
In early 2014 she was reported to have been married to Nick Gordon. Whitney made an impact on younger kids and her aspiring musicians. Her smile, and her voice was spectacular. Whitney was a strong woman and never walked out on her own talent.
So many people looked up to her.