Whitney Houston was one of the most successful and influential singers of all time. She sold over 200 million records worldwide, won six Grammy Awards, and starred in several films. Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1963. Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a gospel singer, and her cousin, Dionne Warwick, was a pop star. Whitney began singing in church at a young age, and she soon began appearing on television and in commercials.
In 1985, Houston released her self-titled debut album. The album was a huge success, spawning the hit singles “Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, and “Greatest Love of All”.
Houston’s second album, Whitney, was released in 1987. The album was even more successful than her debut, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. It featured the hit singles “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, and “I’m Your Baby Tonight”.
In 1992, Houston starred in the film The Bodyguard. The film was a box office success, and the soundtrack, which featured Houston singing several songs, was even more successful. The soundtrack sold over 45 million copies worldwide, and it featured the hit singles “I Will Always Love You” and “I Have Nothing”.
Houston continued to release albums and tour throughout the 1990s and 2000s. However, her personal life began to spiral out of control in the late 1990s. She struggled with drug addiction and her marriage to Bobby Brown ended in divorce in 2007.
In 2012, Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills. She was 48 years old. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning, but it was also determined that she had cocaine and alcohol in her system.
Whitney Houston was a groundbreaking artist who broke down barriers for women in the music industry. She was a powerful vocalist with a wide vocal range. She was also a talented actress who starred in several successful films. Houston’s death was a tragedy, but her legacy will live on forever.