Is it possible not to know who Whitney Houston is? An amazing singer with an unrivaled powerful and sonorous voice, the range of which spanned 5 octaves. It is unlikely that in the modern world there is such a person who at least once did not hear the song in its performance. After all, legends were made up about her during her lifetime and the most unimaginable rumors circulated. It seemed to everyone that her life was filled with happiness. Yes, indeed, Whitney Houston bathed in the glory of her recognition. On her bank account was a fabulous amount that allowed her to live for pleasure, without denying herself anything. Concerts, tours, filming at movie studios, album recordings, which came out in huge print runs one after another – many representatives of show business could only dream of such success. And Houston had it all. She was loved both as a singer and as a person. But there were those who enviously and openly hated her. Yes, she had many prestigious awards. Yes, she gathered entire stadiums and full halls for her concerts. Yes, she was showered with ovations and flowers. But was she happy? Whitney wanted to be a good wife and an exemplary mother, but could not. Alcohol, drugs and other “side effects” of bohemian life interfered. She lived like a candle lit by God and burning in the wind. We will not look for skeletons in her closets, but just talk about her as a talented, bright, but deeply unhappy person.
She was destined to become a star
On August 9, 1963, the Houston couple — Emily and John — had their third and last child — a wonderful, healthy, beautiful daughter. Her name was given to Whitney Elizabeth Houston. The family then lived in Newark, New Jersey. This is the official birthplace of Whitney Houston. Whitney’s parents prophesied to her the future of the singer and actress. How else! After all, the girl was born in a musical and artistic family!
Her mother, Emilia Drinkar, from a young age sang in the family gospel group “Drinkar Sisters.” Sissy (as everyone affectionately called Emilia) and her cousin Dionne Warwick were real stars of rhythm and blues, soul and gospel music. Their band “Gospelaires” was very famous not only in the Negro areas of Newark, but even outside of New Jersey, where they also toured a lot. Black fans idolized the sisters and literally carried them in their arms. Gospelaires was a huge success and recorded on RCA Records.
In the 70s of the last century, the musical career of mom Whitney Houston was on the rise. The beginning was marked by the fact that the sisters created a new group. Their quartet “Pleasant inspiration” was also very popular among listeners. But Sissy worked not only in this group. At that time, she gave many solo concerts and recorded three albums (Cissy Hoyston, Warning – Danger, Step Aside For A Lady). She performed with the famous Elvis Presley, as well as with other outstanding performers of that time, for example, Aretha Franklin, who was her close friend.
The father of the future star, John Houston, was always next to his wife, like a devoted squire. He was Emily’s permanent manager until the birth of Whitney’s favorite. After her birth, he became an indispensable householder during a long tour of Sissy. His wife and children greatly appreciated his efforts. Remembering his father, Whitney Houston lovingly says about him: “He was my mother’s support when she was on tour. He changed diapers, cooked, washed my hair, dressed me, helped me with advice and answers. ”
Beloved God and the New Hope
John and Emilia Houston lived in full marital harmony. No one noticed that they ever quarreled. In any difficult situations, the couple always came to a common opinion. They were easily inferior to each other, and one could often hear from them: “I agree, dear, do as you see fit,” “If you want to, I will do it, dear.” Everyone considered them an ideal couple and an exemplary religious family.
Whitney’s parents, deeply believing representatives of the New Hope Baptist Church, can be said to have introduced the daughter to church music from the cradle. Whitney’s mother led the choir in this church. Could Whitney Houston become someone else with such an upbringing and such a talented family? Unlikely! Her family was support and protection for Whitney in difficult times. Native people inspired her, helping to develop the gift that was given to the girl from birth. Thanks to the family, Whitney Houston took place as a singer, as an actress, as a world star.
People stood with bated breath
Whitney’s mother had a bright and powerful voice. To that extent, to one degree or another, all women in the Sissy clan were endowed. But Whitney Houston got a very special voice in both strength and beauty of sound. This began to be noticed even in early childhood, during church choral singing. Her voice stood out from the many voices, as if hovering over a common choir, trying to fly somewhere high, high. Talent girls noticed everything. For her, singing was as easy as talking.