Whitney Houston

Emily Ratliff


  • Whitney was born on August 9,1963 in Newark, New Jersey and died on February 11, 2012.
  • Her start in music came along with her start in acting; she played the lead role in the movie The Bodyguard and it's soundtrack featuring "I Will Always Love You" won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
  • In her lifetime, Whitney received several other awards including: 2 Number-One Billboard 200 Album Awards, 2 Emmy awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards and 22 American Music Awards among a total of 415 career awards.
  • Her influence carried into the MTV network as Whitney was the first black female artist to have her videos played on the channel.
  • Whitney was named the Most Awarded Female Artist of all Time in the 2009 edition of the Guinness Worlds Records.

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Rise to Fame

  • Houston's debut album Whitney Houston was released in February 1985.
  • Raving reviews from Rolling Stone magazine and The New York Times propelled Whitney into fame.
  • Arista records promoted the album further with three singles that were aired in the US, UK and other European countries. So much exposure increased album sales and expanded Houston's fan base.

Top Songs

"I Will Always Love You"

"I Look to You"

"I Have Nothing"

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

"Greatest Love of All"

"My Love is Your Love"

"When You Believe"

Top Albums

The Bodyguard

Waiting to Exhale

The Preacher's Wife

I Look to You

I Will Always Love You

Characteristics of R&B and Soul

  • Borrows stylistic elements from jazz, blues, gospel and boogie woogie.
  • Typical instruments used include: drums, bass, saxophone, horns, piano, organ and electric guitar.
  • Pieces are created by African-Americans
  • Combines soulful singing and a strong backbeat.
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


S- main vocals, strings, chimes, wood block, keyboard, saxophone, drum set

H- strings, chimes, wood block, keyboard, saxophone, drum set

M- main vocals

R-moderate, in 4

G- Intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, interlude, verse 3, chorus, outro

moderate-loud-soft (hill)


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