We lost an icon last week. It is an overall sad story to lose Whitney Houston so young. She lived an amazing life, but it was also filled with a lot of turmoil. In her short 48 years, Whitney lived a very full and busy life.
Whitney Houston 08/9/63 – 02/11/12
Place of birth – Newark, New Jersey
Birth name – Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Nickname – Nippy, The Prom Queen of Soul
First Album – 1985, Whitney Houston
Second Album – 1987, Whitney
Third Album – 1990, I’m Your Baby Tonight
Fourth Album – 1998, My Love Is Your Love
Fifth Album – 2002, Just Whitney
Married – Bobby Brown 1982, 29 years old
Height – 5′ 8″
Holds the record – Winning the most American Music Awards, twenty-six in total.
Whitney started singing when she was just a child in her church choir at New Hope Baptist Church. At 15 Whitney started going to clubs with her mother singing together trying to get a record deal. It was at that time that a photographer saw her and thought her natural beauty would make her a great model. Whitney modeled for a few years and even one of the first African-American women to cover Seventeen magazine.
When Whitney was 19 she was discovered by Clive Davis of Arista Records, who signed her immediately.
By the time she was 25 she had 2 huge hit records and had also founded the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization that funds projects to help needy children over the world.
Whitney was engaged to Bobby Brown for three years and then married him in July of 1992, right before her 29th birthday. We all know that her marriage to Bobby brought a lot of trouble and drama into her life throughout her 30s and into her 40s until she divorced him in 2007, after 15 years of marriage. But during those year there was a lot of good things that came into Whitney’s life because of her hard work and dedication to her craft.
I wanted to share a deeper look at Whitney during her 30s. Although her career took off in her 20s, Whitney did a lot of amazing things that I wanted to focus on from the time she was 30-39. She was a star, and it only grew brighter during those years even if her personal life was trying to drag her down.
Here is Whitney and her highlighted 30s:
“God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?”
In case you missed the other Thirty Inspiration Series:
My Thirty Spot says
Thanks Beth! I worked really hard on this post. I wanted to do her justice.
My Dressy Ways says
You did such a great job! I love her and adored her all through my high school years. From her music to her movies, I was always a huge fan. I wanted her to make a comeback so badly because I felt that if anyone would stay true to their music, it’d be her. (I used to love Mariah’s music but I think her more recent stuff is terrible.)
My Thirty Spot says
Thanks Ying! I also loved her all throughout jr. high and high school. I loved her as an actress too. I was hoping so much that she could figure things out and come back on top. It was such sad news. My heart is broken for her daughter.
What an informative, positive article on a truly amazing singer. Nicely done.