Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Whitney Houston's Comeback Moves Me

I haven't written about it, but I have been pleased to see Whitney Houston's comeback. She sang at the American Music Awards this year, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." Although some have seen fit to critique her voice and say she's lost something, I was greatly moved by the performance.

When I see her I always think of my mother who passed away last year. Whenever she saw Whitney, she would say, "That's Cissy Houston's girl," referring to Whitney's mother, a renowned gospel singer. See video of her singing with her mother below the AMA video.

The ability to move and inspire is rarely in the technical delivery but in the soul.

Here she is singing with her mother, Cissy Houston, and here is a video interview of Cissy Houston talking about her daughter and the scary turn Whitney's life took. She says when your children get older, their minds are their own, and you can only tell them so much. True.

In addition, here's a sound clip of her singing "Joy" with the Georgia Mass Choir from the movie The Preacher's Wife, 1996 , in which she starred with Denzel Washington. It was remake of the The Bishop's Wife, 1947.

In September, Houston shared her journey, the struggles she faced in her marriage to Bobby Brown and her descent into drugs with Oprah. Read more here.

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