It was shocking to see the headline on Yahoo this morning, Whitney Houston dead at 48. I did not see it coming, well she was on drugs and alcohol the past few years but I still did not expect she would die this early. I even saw her being interviewed on Entertainment Tonight for her new movie with AI winner Jordin Sparks.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston or simply Whitney was born to sing, her mother was a soul singer, Dionne Warwick is her cousin, and Aretha Franklin was her godmother. There ain’t no other thing to do but sing. And she sang like no one else. With her gospel roots she brought a different vibe to R&B, many accused her of selling out to pop music but nobody could say that she was a lousy singer.
She paved the way for Mariah, Cristina and even Charice and all the other wannabe divas who loved to replicate the birit school of singing. Whitney’s voice had depth and maturity, a quality that is sadly lacking in other singers who hit the high notes just to prove they can.
The cause of her death is not disclosed but years of drugs and alcohol can be blamed for the decline of her health and career in recent years. She did not find peace during her lifetime and we just wish she finds it in the afterlife. Goodbye Ms. Houston, you’ll surely be missed.