Biography of Whitney Houston and music career

Published At: 13 January 2021 , 08:08 PM

Biography of Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is the third child in the family. She was born in Newark on August 9, 1963. Parents John and Cissy Houston took their children to Baptist and Pentecostal churches. The environment fostered Whitney's interest in music, as her mother and aunt were prominent figures in rhythm and blues, soul and gospel music. At the age of 11, the girl is a soloist in the choir of the Baptist church in her hometown.

Whitney Houston's youth goes on tour with her mother, she gets into a backing vocalist for Chucky Khan, starred in commercials. Stormy bohemian life in a musical environment.

In the 80s, Whitney already had two contracts with record companies. But it is Clive Davis of Arista Records, impressed by the talent of the young performer, who offers her a contract, after which she will become famous.


In 1985 the first album "Whitney Houston" was released. It is sold modestly, but after the loud popularity of the single "You Give Good Love", the albums are being taken off the shelves.

Whitney Houston is talented and beautiful, she is invited to various shows, where the entry for black performers was previously prohibited. She sings romantic ballads and breaks into MTV with the dance track "How Will I Know." In the pop and rhythm and blues charts "The Greatest Love of All" also rank high, which makes it interesting for the general public.

A year later, the singer's debut album became the best-selling album in America. In 1986 it held the top for 14 weeks and sold 13 million copies. And this is only in the USA. Whitney became world-famous. Critics call her voice "the most delightful of new voices."

In 1987, Whitney's second album was released. And he became even more popular than before. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" have all been at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a long time. As many as seven singles became hits, breaking even the record "The Beatles".

In 1988, Whitney received a second Grammy award and went on a world tour. She is well received. However, at the Soul Train Music Awards, African American audiences booed the singer, believing that her music was too "white", and the studio recordings did not show the soulfulness that her live performances are famous for. She just shrugged her shoulders, saying in an interview that this is the path for a long career. However, she added an urban sound to subsequent works.

The 1990 album "I'm Your Baby Tonight" was co-authored by Babyface, AL Reid, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder. It was diverse. It contained tracks ranging from hard rhythmic things to romantic ballads and dance hits. It has sold 10 million copies worldwide and went platinum. Sorry, but the tour in support of the new album was called "the worst tour of the year."

In 1992, the film "The Bodyguard" was released, where Whitney Houston played not only the main role but also performed six songs that became the title themes. One of them was a cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You", performed before Houston in country style. The producers did not believe in the single, but now it is considered the # 1 hit in the singer's career. Whitney received three Grammy awards that year.

The Bodyguard soundtracks aren't the only ones. There were also films for Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife.

"My Love Is Your Love" was the fourth album with very good reviews from critics. An interesting bitterness appeared in Houston's voice.

The year 2000 was marked by the release of the collection of the singer Whitney: The Greatest Hits. She receives the prestigious BET Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to black music and signs a 6-album deal.

"Just Whitney", the fifth album, did not please critics. Whitney is rumored to be seriously addicted. A year later, in 2003, the singer's Christmas album appeared, which became a commercial failure for her.

In 2004 she toured the world, including visiting Russia. When she sings at the World Music Awards concert, the audience stands up to greet her.