Whitney: "I just want to be recognized for
Associated Press: Whitney Houston previews her new CD
Whitney Houston says her
daughter's support helped fuel her as she geared up for her comeback record.
"She was with me every step of the way: `Mom, you can do this.' When I get
discouraged and I get like, `This is tiring, this is wearing me out, I'm
just not at that point,' she'd just go, `No, mom, you can do this, get up,
get up,'" Houston said of 15-year-old Bobbi Kristina in an interview on
Tuesday. "She encourages me and inspires me, when I look at her and I look
at her eyes and I see myself, I go, `OK, I can do this. I can do this.'"
The 44-year-old superstar is releasing "I Look to You" on Sept. 1. It's her
first album in years on Arista Records. On Tuesday evening, she premiered
several tracks before an industry audience that included her only child,
mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keys and Diane Sawyer.
Houston is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, but her
career stalled for years and her pop princess image imploded as she battled
drugs and endured a troubled (and now defunct) marriage to Bobby Brown.
The singer did not allude to those problems as the reason for her layoff in
her interview. Instead, she said she was more interested in raising her
daughter than making another album.
"I kind of got comfortable with being left alone, just being a mom who would
take her daughter off to school, and who would pick her up from school. I
liked that vibe, I liked that feeling, because I never really had the
opportunity," said Houston. "I was always traveling with her all the time."
She credits her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis, who worked with her on the
album, with pushing her to come back to the recording studio.
"He called me one day and he said, `It's time.' And I said, `Time for what?'
And he says, `Time for you to come back and sing for us again,'" she said.
"It's very special and I feel humbled to be asked to do it again and want to
Davis previewed nine tracks at the event, including one song co-written by
Alicia Keys and two by R. Kelly. David Foster, Diane Warren and Akon are
also on the disc as writers and collaborators.
While Houston is relishing her return to the music, she says she's not quite
ready to be back in the spotlight again.
"I am not geared for it. It goes along with the territory. I'm still going
to remain the very quiet, private person I've been for the last 10 years,"
she said. "I just want to be recognized for my music and for what it does
and how it inspires people and how it makes people feel as opposed to
talking about Whitney all the time kind of thing. That's all done, it's
passed and I would just like to be recognized for my music."
22 JULY 2009