February 11th, 2012 20:44 EST
Pop Icon Whitney Houston Dead At 48! Rest In Peace!
"Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music`s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world`s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen." Sun Times
Whitney Houston was blessed with beauty, grace, and talent that only comes around once in a generation. In the 1980`s Houston was a ubiquitous presence on the radio, and on MTV.
Houston got her start singing in Baptist churches, and she should have pursued a career as a Gospel or blues singer. But producer Clive Davis turned her into a pop star, and most of her albums were generic pop. But Houston`s voice was so heavenly that is transcended pop music, and her hits became pop standards.
The pop icon met rapper/R & B singer Bobby Brown at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, and three years later they were married.
That was the beginning of her downward spiral that culminated in her being a hardcore crack addict. This isn`t the time to remember her mistakes, but to celebrate her life and the wonderful songs she left us.
When aspiring pop stars in shows like American Idol or the X-Factor want to convince the judges and the viewing audience that they have what it takes to be a star, they sing a Whitney Houston song. If they do excel or do an adequate job, they impress the judges and move on in the competition, but if they fail it`s "game over."
Whitney was a flawed human being, like the rest of us, but as s singer she was divine. Whitney we will miss you. Rest in peace...
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