Whitney Houston (United States)

    
        

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    Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with sales of over 200 million records worldwide.[1] Her singing style, had an innovative influence on Popular music. This girl started her singing career at around 7, very young with gospel music in Baptist and Pentecostal Church. She began as a child and became background vocalist in High School. 
    
    She was one of the first black youngsters to appear on the cover of  Seventeen 17 after becoming a teen model in 1981. As a child she was raised with music all around her with  gospel singer Emily "Cissy," her elder brother Michael is a songwriter and her elder half-brother is singer Gary Garland, through her mother, Houston was a first cousin of singers Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, her godmother was Darlene Love singer and her honorary aunt was Aretha Franklin[another kid singer],  whom she met at 8 when her mom took her to a recording studio. At 4 parents divorced.
    
    At age 11, Whitney Houston began soloist in Junior Gospel Choir at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she also learned to play Piano. Her first solo was "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah יְהֹוָה." In 1977, aged 14, became a backup singer on Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party". Around 16, she sang background vocals for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls.  Wikipedia®