Whitney Houston was a renowned actress and singer of American origin who had earned wide acclaim throughout the world for her singing and acting talents. She was born on August 9, 1963 in New Jersey, US and her debut album featured three number one singles when she was only 22 years old. In fact, it earned Whitney Houston her first Grammy award. Her second album Whitney (1987) had four more number one singles. Her later albums such as My Love is Your Love (1998), I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990) and soundtracks to movies Waiting to Exhale (1995) and My Love is Your Love (1998) also earned her Grammy awards.

Let’s delve a little deeper into her life.

Whitney seemed like destined to sing right from her birth. Her godmother Aretha Franklin, cousin Dionne Warwick and mother Cissy Huston were all amazing singers in American gospel, pop and soul music genres. She used to sing pretty well right from a young age and got a start as a choir singer at New Hope Baptist Church.

She was performing on a regular basis with her mother by the time she was 15 and was in talks of getting a record deal of her own. She was first signed by Arista Records (by Clive Davis) who had discovered her at the young age of 19.

Her debut album Whitney Houston got released in the year 1985 and turned her into a pop sensation overnight. This was the same album that had hit singles like “How will I know” and “Saving all my love for you” that stayed on top of the charts for 14 straight weeks. The single “Saving all my love for you” got Whitney Houston her first Grammy award in the year 1986.

Whitney passed away in the year 2012 and is counted amongst the topmost artists of her era.