While rumors still cloud the rocky Bobby Brown I union, the pairing persists, despite ongoing legal troubles. Two hours before the wedding began, she backed out citing "illness," leaving both the Moonies and her own band, which had already set up, in the lurch. As the daughter of Cissy Houston, a successful rhythm-and-blues backup singer, and a niece of the even more renowned singer Dionne Warwick, young Whitney grew up steeped in music. Not only was it the first album by a female to enter the charts at No. She dutifully sang in the New Hope Baptist Junior Choir, aspiring to nothing higher than being a backup performer like her mother.
Mia. Age: 26.
In , she signed with Arista Records, because its president, Clive Davis, had a proven track record of picking hits for his singers, not to mention a reputation for letting artists take their time to mature.
Phoebe. Age: 22.
Whitney Houston – a life in pictures
Adequate preparation for her inevitable rise to global pop superstardom was the ultimate concern of Houston and her family, and several weeks after her 18th birthday she signed a management contract with Gene Harvey. Despite her shrinking-violet tendencies, Houston's combination of exceptional beauty and her stunning, church-inflected soprano propelled her into the spotlight. Considering the fact that Nicole had been murdered just two months before, the request seemed bizarre, and singularly mortifying. The Prince of Egypt, The soundtrack landed in stores Nov. Many in the crowd couldn't help but be skeptical. From the moment Whitney Houston first opened her mouth to sing, it was obvious that she was bound for greatness. After a couple of years spent developing her vocal virtuosity and making industry contacts, Houston was ready for the big time.