The New York Times Bestseller! After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all—her best friend, Robyn Crawford. Since Whitney’s death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her memoir, A Song for You. With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship. Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.
This informative title highlights the life of Whitney Houston. Readers will learn about HoustonÍs childhood in Newark, New Jersey including her strong family life and her beginnings as a singer at New Hope Baptist Church. HoustonÍs musical work is discussed from her days as a backup singer for Chaka Kahn, Jermaine Jackson and the Neville Brothers and her collaboration with cousin Dionne Warwick and aunt Aretha Franklin through her superstardom as a solo act with the hits Saving All My Love For You, How Will I know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and her soundtrack to The Bodyguard featuring Dolly PartonÍs I Will Always Love You. HoustonÍs courtship with Bobby Brown is included, as is their marriage and the birth of their daughter Bobbi Kristina and their eventual and divorce. HoustonÍs descent into drug addiction is included, leading to her death at age 48 while in the mist of a reemerging career. This book includes details of HoustonÍs life and covers the controversies surrounding her life and death. Lives Cut Short is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
ABOUT THE BOOK Known simply as The Voice, Whitney Houston enchanted the entire world with her epic vocal gift. Her exuberant performances, beauty, and acting talent quickly catapulted her to the highest echelons of fame and fortune, and during her lifetime she won more awards than any other female vocalist. Tony Bennett put it best on his twitter feed: “Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I’ve ever heard, and she will be truly missed.” “Certain voices stand like monuments upon the landscape of twentieth century pop, defining the architecture of their times, sheltering the dreams of millions, and inspiring the climbing careers of countless imitators. Whitney Houston owns one of those voices,” wrote Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times. What was it about her voice that created such an international sensation? Listen to the excellent montage of Houston’s greatest moments at People.com and you’ll immediately understand. Her enormously wide range, gorgeous timber, and strong resonance made her voice sound almost supernatural. She could trill to treble F, extend down to G, and drop below middle C. One of the most celebrated songs of Houston’s career, her famous remake of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” showcased her powerful gift. Houston popularized the song at the height of her fame in the music video she recorded for the 1992 movie The Bodyguard. Houston also broke racial barriers when she rose to the top of the mainstream entertainment business. From her young modeling days to her later incredibly successful movie career, she always did it better and made more money than almost everyone else in Hollywood. As Jimmy Jam noted, “To me, Whitney was the next person, after Diana Ross, who for a lot of little girls was sort of that bright light called positive African-American beauty and talent . . . When you look at someone like Beyonce, you know the influence someone like Whitney had on that.” MEET THE AUTHOR Kimberly Hudson is a professional writer who lives and works in Massachusetts. Graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A., magna cum laude, in International Studies. She spent a semester traveling China. After college she was a research assistant, fundraiser, and has won two national awards for online newsletters. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7403026 Twitter: @KimberlyNHudson Blog: www.thewestwaswritten.wordpress.com EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Whitney Houston was born and raised surrounded by gospel, soul, and R&B music. Her mother, Cissy Houston, is a well respected gospel and soul singer. She sang backup for the likes of Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. Whitney’s godmother is soul diva Aretha Franklin, and her cousins include famous singers Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick. In later years, Whitney cited her upbringing, faith, and mother as the reasons she survived the years of hard drug use. Whitney knew she could really sing at the age of seven. “In our backyard we had this massive pool and I would sing ‘cause it had great acoustics. And about at seven or eight I knew I could...I could really sing, but I wouldn’t tell anybody.” Gospel music and the Baptist Church played a large part in Whitney’s formation as a child. She began singing in her church at the age of eight. By the time she was eleven, she was performing solos for the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church. By age twelve, she was singing professionally. In one of her earliest interviews, Whitney stated that she started singing professionally at age twelve. “I wanted to be a teacher or a veterinarian. But, uh, when I opened my mouth I said ooh wait a minute. Why not?” Buy a copy to keep reading!
Providing an unprecedented glimpse into the fascinating and often difficult life of Whitney Houston, this biography documents the star's career from her burst onto the R&B scene with her 1985 debut album that went on to sell more than 10 million copies to her starring role in The Bodyguard and an inspiring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl. Featuring numerous color photographs, this tribute chronicles a life filled with triumph—two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, and seven consecutive number-one Billboard Hot 100 hits—and tragedy, including struggles with drugs and alcohol and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown. Houston’s unparalleled vocal range placed her among the top echelon of musical artists, and her tragic and untimely passing guarantees her immortality in pop culture.
Author : Belmont and Belcourt Biographies
ISBN : 9781619840638
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She still wondered, "Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?" It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble in the end. If you could hear me, no I would tell you, you weren't just good enough, you were great. -- Kevin Costner We all read the same stories and found ourselves believing the rumors. The stories of drug use and drunken nights out, her problems with money and marriage, and even those about how much Kevin Costner despised working with her on the film, The Bodyguard, because of her diva-like ways. But quotes like the one above, along with everything else Kevin Costner shared about his friendship with Whitney Houston, can't help but make you wonder just how misunderstood she really was. This book takes you full circle through Whitney Houston's life, starting with her first solo in her mother's choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey to her funeral in that very same church. Every page will give you more and more insight into the tragic superstar, leaving you with an understanding of just how incredible she was, even when the tabloids were declaring otherwise.
Author : Matt Green
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Ever wondered how Whitney Houston rose to stardom? One of the most successful and lauded female vocalists of all time honed her powerful and soulful voice in the company of a powerful family of Motown and Gospel music royalty. Born to sing, Whitney Houston received mentorship in the shadows of her talented relatives before exploding onto the music scene to become a music legend in her own right. However, though Houston’s voice had the power to reach angelic heights, her own personal life was plagued with martial difficulty and deep-seeded demons. For more interesting facts you must read the biography. Grab your biography book now!
Author : James Robert Parish
ISBN : 1854109219
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The author of The Hollywood Book of Death and Hollywood Divas focuses his attention on one diva in particular--Whitney Houston--revealing details of her rise to fame in the mid-1980s and her subsequent fall from grace at the hands of the tabloids in the mid-1990s.
The rebirth of Whitney Houston is a book about shinning the light on the beautiful soul of Whitney Houston in a positive outlook. On some of the beautiful melodies, she used to sing for God. She may have had her struggles which everyone does. But her achievements and the positive influence she had on many of her fans all around the globe has caused her to be one of the greatest artists of all time. Whitney Houston made her name and her mark on the earth with her powerful anointed voice and emotional renditions of love songs, and gospel songs. Whitney was one of rhythm and blues' most popular stars. She sold hundreds of millions of albums. Whitney later in her singing career branched out into acting and eventually became a business mogul, setting up production and recording studios as she continued to deliver pop music performances. Whitney Houston has a star quality that recalls the entertainment dynamos of a previous generation: elegant, professional, and versatile. Whitney continues to live on through the beautiful music she left on the earth for all of her fans. Let's continue to honor Whitney Houston by indulging in her melodies.
Alfred is pleased to present the sheet music for "The Greatest Love of All" recorded by Whitney Houston and George Benson. This sheet music provides the song's lyrics along with piano and chord arrangements.
Author : Camille Lincoln
ISBN : 1975909283
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Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all-time. Houston is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time, with 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.
A unique, fashionable, lined notebook with modern and amazing Whitney Houston cover.It's your notebook and you can write here your goals, tasks and big ideas. On the first white page is information - This notebook belongs to: (and a little motivation about you!: ) ).This great quality product make amazing gift perfect for any special occasion or for a bit of luxury for everyday use.Blank Notebooks Are Perfect for every occasion: Stocking Stuffers & Gift BasketsGraduation & End of School Year GiftsTeacher GiftsArt ClassesSchool ProjectsDiariesGifts For WritersSummer Travel& much much more... (proud, focus, fun, achievement, trust, pleasure, investments, profit, money)Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress.She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.Houston released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her crossover appeal on the popular music charts-as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know"-influenced several African-American women artists who followed in her footsteps.See the other products in this exciting series and discover hidden talents within yourself now!
6 Of The Best: Whitney Houston comprises the sheet music to six of her greatest hits, including, I Will Always Love You and The Greatest Love Of All, all arranged for piano, voice and guitar. 6 Of The Best simply does what it says - 6 of the best hits from leading artists available in a new and competitively priced format.
Author : Kevin Ammons
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Whitney Houston is a show-business phenomenon and one of Hollywood's most sought-after black actresses. Here is the first-ever behind-the-scenes book about Whitney. Good Girl, Bad Girl is written by Kevin Ammons, who spent a great deal of time with Whitney since his girlfriend, Regina Brown, was Whitney's publicist. During his four-year affair with Brown, Ammons saw Whitney at her bitchiest, and he found that beneath her glamorous image lies a troubled woman who let success go to her head. The book travels behind closed doors to reveal - Why Whitney really married Bobby Brown - Why her close childhood friend, Robyn Crawford, threatened suicide - Why Kevin Costner, Oprah Winfrey, and Madonna are on her hate list - Why Whitney refuses to heed doctor's warnings that she will ruin her voice - The truth behind her affairs with Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro. Like Whitney Houston's life and career, this remarkable inside story sizzles.