Whitney Elizabeth Houston
August 9, 1963 –– February 11, 2012
with the golden voice
silk for the soul ~
only angels sing
with her voice
(photo from the movie The Bodyguard – 1992)
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Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. Houston was the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records. Her list of awards includes:
- 2 Emmy Awards
- 6 Grammy Awards
- 30 Billboard Music Awards
- 22 American Music Awards
- a total of 415 career awards as of 2010
Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. Inspired by prominent soul singers in her family, including her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and her godmother Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church's junior gospel choir at age 11.
After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. Houston released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known. Beverly Hills paramedics found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR for about 20 minutes before declaring her dead at 3:55 p.m.
Local police said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent."