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Whitney Houston once sang in her 1995 hit single from the movie, Waiting to Exhale, "Life never tells us the when's or why's." This saying has special meaning today as millions of people around the world mourn the death of a woman who had one of the most legendary, iconic and defining voices in American music history.
In 1983, legendary music producer, Clive Davis discovered her in a New York nightclub and signed her on the spot. According to CNN, Houston sold over 170 million Albums, singles and videos over the span of her career. She truly had a voice that cannot be matched by any other artist.
I remember being a little kid and always belting at the top of my lungs her mega hit single "I Will Always Love You," probably daily, and when I was in elementary school I asked for the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack as a gift. I have alway been obsessed with people who can actaully sing. These days they seem to let anyone with a pretty face have a record deal but in the age of Whitney, you had to sing for your life (and be epic at it) or you were shunned from the music world.
The worst thing that could happen for any singer was when Whitney Houston sang the National Anthem at the 1991 Superbowl. Her rendition became the gold standard of which every singer after her who sings the anthem seems to be compared to. You often still hear, "They was good but it wasn't like Whitney."
OJ&B wants to thank Houston for giving all of us the gift of her voice. I feel the best way to honor her is simply to post a few of my fave Whitney songs.
Be sure to comment below on what your favorite Whitney song below. Whitney, we will ALWAYS love you!
THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE WHITNEY SONG! STORY OF MY LIFE LOL!