Just a few weeks ago, the legendary Dionne Warwick graced Santa Clarita with songs spanning a 50-year career in the music industry. Her interview revealed how gospel music set the stage for her family’s musical depth.
Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick and her mother, Cissy Houston inspired Whitney Houston, another legendary entertainer.
Born August 9, 1963, Whitney Elizabeth Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time according to the Guinness World Book of Records. Her awards as of 2010 include two Emmy Awards, six Grammys, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards.
Many remember Whitney Houston for her acting roles in such films as “The Preacher’s Wife” and “The Bodyguard.” As of 2010, she had received a total of 415 awards.
In a 2011 pre-Grammy screening, Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston sang a duet.
According to TMZ, Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston had talked on the phone with Whitney regarding seating arrangements for the 2012 Grammy festivities shortly before learning of her death.
A YouTube video posted by an audience member attending the 2012 Grammys, showed Whitney Houston singing “Jesus Loves Me.” The video has been made private at the time of this writing without explanation.
Houston died Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The cause of her death will not be determined until a full toxicology report is released. She was 48.