I cant believe im writing this, this morning, its early AM and the very sad new is, Soul woman, songstress, incredible performer, Amazing vocalist and yes, Diva, Whitney Houston has passed away age a mere 48.
Los Angeles Police Department are investigating the cause of Whitney's death, after she was found in Beverly Hills, it appears there are no suspicious circumstances, clearly the effect of Whitney's lifestyle will be taking into account as to her premature passing, and here i am again, writing about another Artist who has battled Drug and Alcohol additction, this is becoming all too frequent, but i want to concentrate on Whitney the Artist.
Whitney had just recently finished filming a remake of "Sparkle", the 70's rags to riches musical which has inspired several imitations, and homages, and from the press pictures, to the word on the street, Whitney was returning to strength and set to deliver a knock out performance (is set to deliver a knockout performance), and i feel like she has been robbed of the respect this performance looked set to earn her, or at least the chance for Whitney to experience it herself, and kind of Gracefully show up the worst elements of the press and public who have riducled her in the past.
Whitney lit up the television screen and speakers in the 1980's dazzling millions, with a high energy, fun, glossy performance in the "I wanna Dance with somebody" video, to this day, I wanna Dance With Somebody, embodies the carefree fun and optimisim of the Decade, an instant smash.
Like so many Soul singers, Whitney began her career performing in a church choir, (In New jersey), she was later signed to Arista, after being spotted singing in a New york nightclub with her mother, and went to work at the label with Clive Davis.
The only female performer to be featured on the billboard No1 chart position, seven times in a row, Whitney's career featured countless accolades
2 Emmy's, 22 American music awards, an incredible 400 plus awards in total.
but while her voice was one of the most recognizable and admired in the world, i want to talk about an aspect of her craft sometimes not given due attention, her performance,
In 1993-94, Whitney won the Soul Train, Sammy Davis jr award for,
Entertainer of the year, and she was an entertainer, slinky, sexy, with attitude,
while whitney's classic ballad's "Saving all my love for you", "One moment in time", and her cover of "I will always love you" were smashes with both fans and the industry, Whitney's presence, and attitude in "It's not Right, But it's Okay", "I'm every woman", and infectious spirit on tracks like "Step by Step", showed Whitney the Diva, at full force.
The opening of "Sparkle" when it arrives will not be the same without Whitney walking that red carpet, and all the more so given Aaliyah's attachment to the project, over a decade ago, i have seen a lot tonight ,
on the news, focusing primarily on Whitney's drug problems, focusing on her personal problems and little of Whitney's, craft with the exception of fans and Artists tributes. She faced the wrath of the mass media after her X factor performance in 2009, when she was clearly not fit, and also during
particuarly the Australian leg of her 2010 tour.
"Million Dollar bill", Whitney's last big single, which reached No. 5 in the UK Top ten, and while not critically acclaimed, showed again Whitney had'nt lost her talent for a crowd pleasing song, and i hoped a Jocelyn Brown, Martha wash Disco diva nightclub smash would lay ahead in the future.
What Pressures drove Whitney to constant personal battles only she, and
her friends and family know, she seemed to hold a lot inside herself , but when pressed by over intrusion, showed she was still a shrewd woman,
i listened to her Radio interview from a while ago with Wendy williams recently, and she read Wendy the riot act! ha ha
thoughts go out to Bobby Kristina, Bobby, and all Whitney's fans,
we will always want to "Dance with somebody"