Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has died at the age of 22.
If you were a little standoffish on being a fan of Ariana Grande, we’re sure this performance will change your mind. While the singer has always been compared to elusive chanteuse Mariah Carey, it was in her recent cover of Whitney Houston’s 1993 single, “I Have Nothing,” that will make you nod your head in worthy approval.
Turning heads and watering eyes, the talented songstress perched herself upon a white piano in a white and lilac flowered cover dress and glittery shoes as she belted out lyrics to the classic single. Calling upon “one of the most incredible songwriters of all time” David Foster – who wrote and produced the single for Ms. Houston herself – the duo gave an outstanding rendition of the already timeless single.
Ready to be wowed? Take a look at the performance below:
Whitney Houston also known as “The Voice” was one of the most iconic singers of all time. Houston has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide, and is the most awarded female act of all time. “Heartbreak Hotel” was released as the second single from her 1998 album My Love Is Your Love. The song features R&B singers Faith Evans and Kelly Price. “Heartbreak Hotel” reached the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on Billboard ’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song received two nominations at the 2000 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Group or Duo.
What makes the song so classic is that it contains 3 supreme R&B vocalists, and while Price and Evans back Houston, they also sell themselves grandly as empathetic friends on the track. Their vocals, soaring with emotion, helped keep the timeless Houston identifiable to a new generation of R&B fans. The three singers united for the purpose of soulful balladry.
Last week, Kelly Price hosted her 2nd Annual “For The Love of R&B” event in Los Angeles during Grammy week. This year’s event honored, as well as celebrated, Whitney Houston’s legacy with performances from Sevyn Streeter, Goapele, Faith Evans, Angie Fisher, Antonique Smith, B Slade and more. Price and Faith closed out the event by performing “Heartbreak Hotel” to roaring applause from the crowd.
Check out a clip of their performance, and interview from Kelly below:
As the television premiere of the Lifetime produced biopic, Whitney, premieres Saturday, it was only right to use a throwback by one of the best female vocalist of all time, Whitney Houston.
Houston was often referred to as “The Voice” for her powerful unparallelled vocal ability. Her exceptional range, power, control, and melisma inspired a generation of singers who followed. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.
“I Have Nothing” was released as the third single from ‘The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album’ by Arista Records. The song is a richly orchestrated power ballad about deep love and commitment to ones lover. The single peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified gold. It received various nominations, including Best Original Song at the 1993 Academy Awards, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the 36th Grammy Awards, and Best R&B Single, Female at the 1994 Soul Train Music Awards.
The song was promoted by Houston with several monumental live performances. She showcases her power and control on the record as she takes the song from velvety depths to airy heights. Enjoy the throwback above!
The Lifetime cable channel continues to take risks with their latest biopics depicting some of music’s biggest lost stars. Following the utter hatred over their made-for-tv movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, the network is moving forward, full steam ahead, with their Angela Bassett-directed movie about Whitney Houston.
To build up some buzz for the film, Lifetime has given Entertainment Tonight an exclusive clip featuring actress Yaya Dacosta as Whitney in the studio as she records her 1988 hit, “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” while Babyface (played by Wesley Jonathan) oversees the recording.
As previously reported, singer Deborah Cox supplied the sung vocals for the entire film, which are heard in this clip.
‘Whitney‘ will air on January 17 at 8 PM on Lifetime.
Watch Yaya in action as Whiney in the clip below. What do you think??
While fans of the late songstress Aaliyah are still letting it be known that they didn’t take too kindly to Lifetime’s Wendy Williams produced biopic of the singer, it seems as if they are trying to make up for things this time around.
Set to air the Angela Bassett directed biopic for the legendary Whitney Houston on January 17, the newest addition to the Lifetime Movie database has viewers on pins and needles. Aptly titled Whitney, the film will follow the supreme vocalist from her childhood as a choir girl in New Jersey up to her untimely death as an incredible superstar. Highlighting her tremulous relationship with R&B crooner Bobby Brown and her struggles with drug addiction, the short trailer gives us a taste of what can be expected once the New Year hits.
Airing on the third anniversary of her death at 8 p.m., the upcoming film stars Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby, while R&B songstress Deborah Cox covers each of Whitney’s vocal performances.
Give the new trailer a look below:
Those who are true fans of R&B will NOT talk about the genre without mentioning one of the greatest to ever do it. Before your favorite was your favorite, they were listening to and admiring the one and only, Whitney Houston.
While it’s been almost three years since the passing of the iconic songstress, the incredible sounds of the diva have managed to live on and Clive Davis doesn’t have any plans of letting them die out any time soon.
Taking to the Today Show Tuesday morning, the former mentor and close friend of the powerhouse vocalist announced that November will see the release of Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances. Noted as her first live album ever, the CD/DVD package will include 16 live songs on CD and 19 performances on DVD. Tracks will include the 1985 Tonight Show performance of “You Give Good Love,” while the DVD will host sets such as “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 and “I Will Always Love You” at The Concert for a New South Africa in 1994.
“She was without question the greatest vocalist in the world,” stated Clive during the interview. “This is her legacy.”
Houston’s family has given their blessings over the posthumous release and her mother, Cissy, has also assisted Davis in compiling the tracks for the epic release.
Take a look at Clive’s announcement and the CD/DVD set tracklisting after the jump!
Broadway R&B infused artist Jade Novah is paying homage to one of the greatest to ever do it with her brand new tribute to Whitney Houston.
From her favorite childhood Houston songs to her most popular, Novah tapped producer Devin Johnson for a dynamically-revised, 11-song medley. Showcasing her powerful range and pitch, Novah delivers a noteworthy vocal performance, while celebrating the iconic vocalist in honor of her upcoming birthday.
“Whitney Houston was such an inspiration for not just myself, but many generations of music-lovers,” says Jade. “Her seamless transition between phenomenal vocalist to outstanding actress made her a woman after my own heart. Re-creating her timeless music was nostalgic and reminded me why I strive to create musical experiences that evoke emotion and spread a message of positivity. Happy Birthday, Whitney!”
Take a listen to her tribute medley below. How do you think she did?