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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Pop - LIVE! - Whitney Houston (A Tribute)

As Whitney Houston was laid to rest over the weekend, we at SCP wish to remember the singer for her talent, not the inner demons that surrounded her for the last decade. Whitney was a diva, recording artist, actress, producer, and model and one of the world's best-selling music artists, releasing seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide, Whitney was a superstar with a capital STAR..!
So at SCP HQ we want to remember the icon as we bring you some of the best live performances from her 35 year career.
Born in Newark, New Jersey Whitney Elizabeth Houston was second child of gospel singer Cissy Houston and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. at age 11 the talent was beginning to show, as Whitney performed as a solo artist in her local choir singing Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. Throughout her school days her dedicated mother taught her to sing, being surrounded by other music icons like her godmother Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Roberta Flack, who inspired the young Whitney on to become the singer she became.

Her first taste true of the music world, was when she toured with her mother, sometimes getting up on stage to perform, which lead to providing backing vocals on a number of hits including Chaka Khan hit single I’m Every Woman. It was in 1983 that Whitney got her main break, performing in front of music mogul Clive Davis who was impressed the singer he offered a worldwide recording contract and it was all systems go..!

Her debut track onto the world stage was the soulful ballad You Give Good Love which peaked at number 3  in the Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 on the R&B Chart which sparked a sore in popularity, with Whitney’s self titled debut album selling 13 millions copies worldwide and with that, a star was born.
The same album then started to knock out hit after hit, with jazz ballad Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know and Greatest Love of All which have all become Whitney classics in everyone’s pop collection, with the latter reaching No.1 and remaining there for three weeks. However this album and the videos that accompanied the hits became more important moment in Whitney’s career, as she was the first African-American female artist to receive consistent heavy rotation on MTV.

The second album, Whitney, cemented the singer on the international stage and became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums charts.
With all of the first four singles released of the album — I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), Didn't We Almost Have It All, So Emotional and Where Do Broken Hearts Go all peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning a plethora of awards including a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)


Following yet another No.1 album I'm Your Baby Tonight it was then when Whitney was requested to audition for the lead female role opposite Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard. In Costner eulogy at the singer’s funeral, he said “‘A lot of men could have played that [bodyguard] role. But you Whitney were the only person who could have played Rachel Marron”

The film's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single I Will Always Love You, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. 
From there, Whitney continued to star in movies and providing the soundtrack to Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife with the latter becoming the best-selling gospel album in history.

The fourth studio album My Love Is Your Love came in 1998, which was full of mid-tempo R&B, hip hop, ballads, urban-dance, reggae hits, showed an edgier more mature voice, singing about marital blues and scars obviously received through her troubled marriage. Check out Whitney performing It's Not Right But Its Okay live at The Brit Awards in 1999

Three further albums were released including a Christmas special One Wish: The Holiday Album and her 2009 comeback album I Look To You which included the brilliant Million Dollar Bill which was written by Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys and remixed by The Freemasons and was our Friday song last week.


However it was early Whitney that really made her an international star and that we will remember her fondly for, the brilliant hits she has given us, with hours of dancing round the SCP HQ office. Whitney you were a legend and boy, could you sing! It wouldn’t be right not to end our tribute with the biggest selling Whitney track of all time, I Will Always Love You.

 Whitney, its was such tragic news to hear of your passing and we are devastated by the loss to the music world. You were beautiful and a talent beyond belief, your songs will live on forever and you will always be remembered as the one of the greatest singer of our time..!


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