All Time Great Vocalists – Whitney Huston
A homage to the world’s greatest voices would be incomplete and frankly untrustworthy if it didn’t mention Whitney. Whitney Huston, to many, is considered one of the best singers to have ever lived. Huston’s music is still successful and current too this day, with many films, bars and clubs relying on her unmissable ballads to help set a scene. Huston’s talent derived from her childhood, singing in her local gospel church, it was there she strengthened her vocal muscles and extended her range. We at Bespoke would encourage idolising Whitney’s singing ability as it was technically great with all her breath and power coming from her diaphragm, and obviously utterly soulful.
Here is a quick synopsis of her musical career and accolades:
In 1985, she released her debut album Whitney Houston and almost immediately became 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 won a Grammy in 1986 for “Saving All My Love for You”; the award was presented to the singer by her cousin Dionne Warwick. Houston followed the monumental success of her first album with a second release, Whitney, in 1987. That record, too, went platinum many times over and won a Grammy for the single “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” with a successful world tour following. During this 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.
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: For each movie she also released hit singles, creating sensational record sales for the soundtracks. Her smash single from 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 1990s, Houston also starred in Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife, both accompanied by hit soundtracks as well.
Despite her public addiction troubles, which plagued her adult life and eventually destroyed her voice, Whitney is still someone to be remembered. We at Bespoke pay homage to her due to her incredible talent and her ability to truly portray emotion through her voice. She deserves a place on the list of all-time great vocalists.
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