Been To The Bottom Now She's Back On Top...
Telegraph: Whitney Houston has had a rough fall but she's making
a glorious comeback.
By Helen Brown
Published: 6:25PM BST 07 Oct 2009
Although she was born,
in 1963, in a rough area of Newark, New Jersey, Whitney Houston seemed
destined for a glittering future.
Soul music and showbiz ran in the family. Her mother,
Cissy Houston, had enjoyed an award-winning career in which she'd sung
back-up for Elvis Presley. Her cousin was Dionne Warwick, and her godmother
was Aretha Franklin.
Aged 15, she sang backing vocals
on Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman, and by 21 she had her own record deal,
releasing an eponymous, Grammy-winning debut album in 1985 and a follow-up,
Whitney (featuring the infectiously bright, girlish I Wanna Dance With
Somebody), in 1987. It became the first album by a female artist to debut at
number one on the US Billboard chart.
Her appeal was so universal it was rumoured she sang notes
so high only dogs could hear her - and they loved her, too. But with the
universality came the criticism - she was bland, shallow. Critics dismissed
her vocal pyrotechnics as soulless.
In 1992 she made her first movie, The Bodyguard, which
grossed $410million worldwide despite receiving a critical drubbing.
Having previously dated Eddie Murphy, she married bad-boy
R&B singer Bobbie Brown the same year. They had a
daughter, but, in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston said that
Brown's jealousy over her success brought tension into the marriage that led
to him drinking and emotionally abusing her and she became addicted to
marijuana and cocaine. She said Brown was "my drug" but finally divorced him
Although many claim her voice has been ruined by her years
of drug abuse, some argue that although the pyrotechnics are gone, her voice
has gained the maturity and soul it once lacked.
NEWSFILE: 7 OCTOBER 2009