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||Whitney Elizabeth Houston
||5' 8" (173
|Date of Birth
||9 August 1963
|Place of Birth
||East Orange, New Jersey,
|Whitney Houston was born on 9 August
1963 in New Jersey, to gospel/R&B singer Cissy
Houston. At age 11, Whitney performed as a soloist
in the gospel choir at her Baptist church. At her
teens, she accompanied her mother in concert as
well as became backing vocals to artists like Chaka
Khan. She also did modeling and acting, appearing
on such sitcoms as Gimme a Break and Silver Spoons.
In 1983, Arista Records president, Clive Davis,
heard Whitney singing at a nightclub and offered
her a recording contract. Her debut album, Whitney
Houston, was released in March 1985. Even though
her first single, ‘Someone
for Me’, was a failure, but her second
single, ‘You Give Good
Love’, became her first hit, becoming
number one on the R&B charts and hitting number
three on pop charts. Her next singles, ‘Saving
All My Love for You’ which won the
Grammy, ‘How Will I Know’
and ‘The Greatest Love
of All’ also became number one on the
pop charts. The album hit number one and sold over
13 million copies, making it the best-selling debut
ever by a female artist.
Whitney released her second album, Whitney, in 1987,
which sold over 9 million copies. Its first four
singles, ‘I Wanna Dance
With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ which
won the Grammy, ‘Didn't
We Almost Have It All’, ‘So
Emotional’, and ‘Where
Do Broken Hearts Go’ hit number one.
In late 1988, Whitney also hit the Top Five with
‘One Moment in Time’
which was recorded for an Olympics-themed album.
In 1990, Whitney returned with her third album,
I'm Your Baby Tonight, which was more R&B-oriented.
The singles, ‘I'm Your
Baby Tonight’ and ‘All
the Man That I Need’, immediately hit
number one. However, the album sold four million
Following the release of I'm Your Baby Tonight,
Whitney married singer Bobby Brown and more concentrated
on an acting career. Her first feature film, The
Bodyguard, a romance with Kevin Costner, was released
in late 1992. The film hit the box office, and its
soundtrack ‘I Will Always
Love You’ became the biggest single
in pop music history. The soundtrack stayed at number
one for 14 weeks and sold 16 million copies, as
well as won a Grammy for Album of the Year.
In late 1995, Whitney returned with her next film,
Waiting to Exhale. Its soundtrack, ‘Exhale
(Shoop Shoop)’, also hit the top charts.
The album itself sold over seven million copies.
The next year, she starred as the leading role in
The Preacher's Wife.
Whitney finally released her fourth album, My Love
Is Your Love, in 1998. Her song, ‘Heartbreak
Hotel’, a trio with Faith Evans and
Kelly Price, hit number one for seven weeks on R&B
charts. She also did a duet with Mariah Carey on
‘When You Believe’,
a soundtrack of The Prince of Egypt.
In early 2000, Whitney was arrested in Hawaii as
marijuana was found in her luggage. But the charges
were later dismissed. That same year, Whitney’s
compilation, Greatest Hits, was released. The album
also included new duets with Enrique Iglesias, George
Michael, and Deborah Cox. She also had signed a
new 100-million-dollar contract with Arista Records.
In late 2001, Arista released another compilation,
the love-song-themed album titled Love, Whitney.
||One Wish: The Holiday Album
||Whitney Houston: Unauthorized
||My Love Is Your Love
||I'm Your Baby Tonight