Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 to army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston Jr and gospel singer Emily ‘Cissy’ Houston. Her elder brother is also a singer and her half-brother is the former basketball player Gary Garland. In 1978, at the age of 15, she sang background vocals on Chaka Khan’s hit single “I’m every woman.” later on this song was used by her to create a larger hit for herself in her block-buster album, The Bodyguard. In the early 80’s, she also worked as a model after she caught the attention of a photographer, who saw her at Carnegie Hall singing with her mother. Her looks and girl-next-door charm made her one of the most sought after teen models of that time.
Robert Chritgau of the village voice called her contribution to the music, “one of the most gorgeous ballads you’ve ever heard.” She also worked as the lead vocalist on one track on a Paul Jabara album, titled as Paul Jabara and Friends released by Columbia records n 1983. During the years 1985-1986, she gained international fame and her debut album, Whitney Houston was released in 1985. Her incredible voice was praised by many.
She was nominated for three awards including Album of the year in the 1986 Grammy awards. She won her first Grammy award for Best pop Vocal Performance, Female for her “Saving all my love for you.” She got Emmy award for outstanding individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
Unfortunately, she descended into drugs and behavioral problems like many legendary singers of the past. She met with a tragic death.