I don't know how I learned that Whitney Houston's birthday was August 9th when I was little, but I'm sure my obsession with her lead to that revelation. I was so infatuated with her, that I'd get in trouble at school for writing her name on my textbooks and talking about her during tutoring sessions. Such minor infractions, right? The teacher in question used to shade me a lot in class too; she clearly had a vendetta, haha. Anyway, I'd always brag to people that Whitney's birthday was the day before mine. In my mind, that made us connected in a special way.
To celebrate Whitney's life and discography today, here's a lovely photo motion video below from Brandon Wiggins and Houston aficionado Jamaal D. Pittman. Pittman hilariously voiced Houston in the divalicious web-series, Got to Be Real. Houston would have been 54.
When it comes to Whitney's music, most refer to her classic and effortlessly sung ballads. I do as well, but my all-time personal favorites, the ones attached to cherished moments and feelings in my life, are the ones that brought the funk and edge. Yes, Whitney has funk and edge in her catalog. Below are 9 of my hand-picked cuts and why I adore them so much. As I felt with the passing of Michael Jackson, I felt I lost a piece of my childhood when Whitney died. It all seems like a bad dream that shouldn't be a reality. I always shake my head when thought that she's gone comes to me. It just doesn't seem right. When I saw Yolanda Adams performing "Count On Me" with CeCe Winans at the Grammy's tribute special, "We Will Always Love You" in 2012, it really hit home. Just to hear someone else in her place for that duet...it broke my heart, to say the least. It's all still so hard to accept and I don't know if I ever will. Please continue to keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers, as well as all of our other beloved entertainers who have to cope with everyday-life struggles under the lights.
Here's a tribute montage I made to women in popular music using Christina Aguilera's "Prima Donna" (I had to use poorer audio to get around copyright). Initially, I was going to make a "queen of pop" video, but realized that I'd be leaving out lots of great female artists I enjoy if I did that lol. Hope you guys like it. You can check out other music videos I've made at youtube.com/jwo03
--Stars Patti Labelle, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce`, Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliott, Demi Lovato, Madonna, Fantasia, Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, The Supremes, Gladys Knight, Celine Dion, Adele, Whitney Houston, TLC, Taylor Swift, Salt N Pepa, Shania Twain, Spice Girls, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson & of course, last but not least, Christina Aguilera.
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